It is so hard to believe that we have been back in school for 4 weeks and that we are just about getting used to our ‘new normal’. The children have been absolutely wonderful adapting to all of the changes, as have our families. School continues to be an oasis of calm, with the children feeling safe and working hard.
We completed our work on ‘Values’, with talking about ‘mutual respect.’ We were reminded that people are not just given respect, they must earn it. We looked at the definitions below.
Next we spoke about being different; we know it is okay to be different, and we thought of ways we are different. The children told me:
‘ It’s okay to wear glasses.’
‘It’s okay to have different colour hair.’
It’s okay to have different colour skin.’
My favourite came from a Year 4 girl- ‘ It’s okay to be unique.’
At St Columba we accept our differences and celebrate our uniqueness.
During our whole school collective worship this morning, we began to think about Children’s Mental Health Week. The children will continue to talk about this throughout the week in their classes.
When asked, ‘ What is ‘mental health’, a Year 2 gave a wonderful answer-‘ keeping our minds healthy.’ We then spoke about how we could do this. Again we had some fantastic responses: exercise often, eat healthy, get a good night’s sleep, don’t have too much screen time.
The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week, this year is Find Your Brave.
We then discussed times when we have been brave. We also thought about what stops us from being brave.
I am looking forward to seeing our children ‘ finding their brave’, as we work through this special week.
Welcome back to all of our staff, children and families. We have all had a great start to the day; the staff are refreshed and the children are ready to learn.
We started the day with a whole school collective worship, in order to celebrate the feast of The Epiphany.
We thought about the gifts that we could present to Jesus, as we begin our brand new year.
The children have all promised to:
- Smile at everybody they see.
- To pray more often ( no matter where they are or what they are doing).
- Be a peacemaker throughout our school, and within their homes.
- Be grateful for all of the gifts that they already have.
- Give people the gift of their time.
Really looking forward to a fresh start and a school full of these wonderful gifts.
It is so hard to believe that the first term has gone, and that Christmas is upon us already.
It is always such a privilege and an honour to be in school at this time of year. All classes have taken part in: Christmas Card making, with their families; the Carols ringing through the school fill us all with Christmas spirit and then the Infant Nativity play is the ‘icing on the cake.’
Wishing all of our children, staff, families and friends a happy, healthy, holy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
At St Columba we have been privileged to support some pupils from Alt Bridge School in working towards their Duke Of Edinburgh Awards.
As part of their work they have volunteered to come into St Columba, and help us with a variety of tasks.
This has included: planting some plants on our yard; reading with some of our Infant children; decorating our grotto and helping some children with Christmas Card making, when their families could not attend.
Thank you to each and every one of the pupils, and to the staff at Alt Bridge-it has been a pleasure and a privilege.