We were so proud to be selected as one of the 12 schools in the whole of Merseyside to take part in the ‘Mini Police’ initiative.
This involves a group of specially selected Year 5 and 6 children ( they had to apply and have interviews).
The initiative started with the children having a wonderful visit to the headquarters.
We cannot thank Merseyside police enough for giving our children such a thrilling, one in a life time experience.
The theme this week is nurturing our children, in order that they can grow to be the best that they can be.
We read a story, simply called, ‘The Dot’.
This story encourages us to make our mark on the world.
When we arrived at school this morning, we were absolutely devastated to see that our beautiful Dove Cottage had been vandalised over the weekend. The windows have been smashed and the work that our children have done has been destroyed!
Dove cottage was created as an oasis of calm, quiet reflection for our children. It is used to tell stories, to write prayers and to spend quality time with friends. Unfortunately today we have not been able to do that.
Furthermore, due to a very tight budget, it will take a while for us to restore it.
Please, can I ask our families to remain vigilant, and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.
We are proud of our school and our environment and we work hard to keep it that way.
The theme of this week is ACHIEVEMENT!
During our whole school collective worship we discussed how we can achieve.
Our school vision is Tapping into Talents, Daring to Dream, Breaking down Barriers, therefore today we read the Parable of the Talents and thought about what Jesus wants us to do with the special gifts and talents that he has given each of us.
The children said that they would:
‘ Work hard.’
‘Not hide away their talents.’
We have a school bursting with talent and we will all work hard to support each other in being the best we can be.
This is the question that we have asked ourselves this morning, during our whole school collective worship.
It is not always easy to get motivated or certainly to keep that motivation.
We decided that we needed: plenty of rest, a healthy meal, lots of exercise, a goal, resilience for when we might not succeed and prayer.
We prayed to God in thanksgiving for all of the people who help to motivate us throughout our lives.
Jesus Motivates Us
During our whole school collective worship sessions, we have been focusing on our school mission statement:
Holding Hands with Jesus as we love, learn and grow together.
We follow this mission by working on 3 aims. The first is an educational aim –
To inspire, motivate and achieve.
Today, we talked about ‘ inspiration’ who inspires us and how can we take Jesus as our inspiration.
Here is what the children had to say:
‘ I will inspire others by smiling at them.’
‘ I will inspire others by helping everybody.’
‘ I will inspire others by being kind.’
‘ I will inspire others by showing them love.’
‘ I will inspire others by cheering them up with a hug.’
I am certain that our children and staff will work hard to inspire as many people as they can this week.
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Jesus inspires us
It has been wonderful to see our children returning to school , looking incredibly smart and ready to learn. Thank you to our families who have made this happen.
Our staff have also returned-relaxed, revived and renewed-ready to face the challenges of a new year.
During our first whole school collective worship the children were reminded that our mission at St Columba is to ‘hold hands with Jesus as we love ,learn and grow together’. The educational aim of this mission is to, ‘inspire, motivate and achieve’. We have all renewed our promise to work together to inspire and motivate our children, so that they can ALL achieve to the best of their ability. The children realise that this can only be done with: good attendance and punctuality; working hard at all times; following the school rules and by being kind and generous to all.
Families, staff and children have already, this week, made a great start. We pray that with Jesus by our sides, we will continue to love, learn and grow.