Our Collective Worship theme this week was our seventh value 'Hope'.
We returned to the story of Noah and the Ark and discussed the importance of the rainbow at the end of the story - God's promise. We talked about the rainbow as a symbol during the pandemic and how rainbows make us feel positive, happy and warm inside. A sign, a promise, a hope of better days to come!
During the Key Stage 2 Collective Worship, we shared a worship on 'Hope' delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby .
He referred to the life of Nelson Mandela, imprisoned for 27 years, he was released to be instrumental in tearing down the oppressive government and installing democracy. Considered the father of Modern South Africa, Mandela served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for peacefully destroying the Apartheid regime and laying the foundation for democracy.
The Archbishop said “While he (Mandela) was in prison, he remained positive, he was patient, he learnt not to hate, and he always kept going under pressure. Positivity, patience, keeping going under pressure: three Ps that speak of how we nurture hope. One of the wonderful things he said, which came out of his hope, was ‘May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."
With news this week that Warwickshire are happy for us to hold some Christmas events in school, as long as we do all we can to reduce the risk of virus transmission, we put together a plan for Christmas at Alveston. Just the opportunity to do this made our hearts sing!
With joy in our hearts, in the coming weeks we will remain positive, patient and we will keep going under pressure, and we will add a good old dash of 'fingers crossed' that our Christmas plans will be delivered in full!