Journey Day - what's all the fuss?
Every term we plan a Journey Day for all our pupils. In life being able to think and reflect is really important for our mental well-being. Journey Day is where our children go off the traditional time table, gather into house and family groups and focus on one area of personal development. As we are a Church School we choose significant days on the Christian calendar to delve a little deeper into the meaning.
We hope that through the experience pupils learn to live lives that make a difference in society. The days are underpinned by Christian values such as compassion; thankfulness; kindness; good citizenship and forgiveness.
We add to the gallery of photos each time we have a Journey Day so please have a look at all the photos below which capture the days enjoyed together.
The theme of our Easter Journey Day is - Here I am to worship.
Today is a special family day here at Criftins as we think about the ways we can help others.
We have explored the verse from Mark 12 v30-31 where Jesus tells the people to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.....Love your neighbour as yourself’.
We have explored how Jesus came to set us free so that we can love each other with our HEART, HANDS, FEET and MIND. We have encouraged one another to look beyond ourselves and really challenge ourselves to make a difference in the world.
Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. A time of love, friendship, gentleness and a time as Christians to remember the birth of Jesus. This journey day we gathered together across our two sites. All of Cockshutt CE Primary School KS2 pupils joined with Criftins CE Primary School KS2 to develop a greater understanding of how we can show love to one another. All pupils were organised into 3 main groups which included working with local charity Fizzgigs to create the theme of Light of the World.
Take a look at our wonderful day together.
‘Made in the image of God’
Summer Journey Day 2018
God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1 v 27
In Genesis we have an account of how mankind is made in God’s image. Lots of references are made throughout the Bible about how we see God in creation and that he created us to look after his world. Unfortunately mankind chose to go its own way and the world has become a place which sadly is not like the lush world God created. However, Jesus talks in John 15 about being the vine and we are the branches. He says that we can make a difference in the world, but we need to get our truth and strength from somewhere. When we stay close to God we will ‘bear fruit’ –love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are called the Fruit of the Spirit. The spirit of God is one part of the Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent to live in each of us if we invite Him in. Have a look at our photos when we explored this theme together across our federation sites.
Easter Journey Day, March 2018.
Our theme is based around the message of the cross for Easter 🐣
For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son so that if anyone believes in HIM they will not die but have eternal life. John 3:16
The Bible teaches that every person has free will to make decisions about what they believe in and what they can do in life. Our focus today is there are NO OUTSIDERS to the message of the cross, Jesus came for everyone whether we have a relationship with him or not, no one is excluded.
All of our pupils join together to work in their house groups across 4 different workshops. This is a fun day with a mixture of reflection and activity around the whole 'big idea' of Easter which brings together our whole school and our community. We are delighted to welcome the TGI Messy Church team from St Matthews Church to join to join us today.
Follow the STAR.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother
Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2: 10-11
How far would you be prepared to travel on a camel ? Imagine the journey of the wise men who travelled over a thousand miles to see the baby Jesus. All of Criftins pupils were grouped into their house colours and worked on a wide range of activities relating to the journey to see the Baby Jesus. This special day is where the whole school work together in mixed age groups and with different adults to reflect upon and understand the big idea behind 'Christmas'.
Let your light shine!
One of the ways the children were able to support the local charity CHALK, during Journey Day, was to make Christmas cards for those people who would be alone this Christmas. The children know that it is important to look beyond what we have and help those less fortunate than themselves. Be the light you want to see in the world.
The Great Big Family of God.
We began our Journey Day by thinking about our own family. Journey Day is a special time across all the school to work together and celebrate our Christian distinctiveness.
One of our activities was held at St. Matthews Church to look at the footprint and memory left by members of our local community. Despite a rainy day, it was another example of our caring relationship with all the community.