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Journey Days

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. 

Art Master Class - Easter Journey Day

Art Master Class - Easter Journey Day 1
Art Master Class - Easter Journey Day 2
Art Master Class - Easter Journey Day 3
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​​​​​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.

Making charity cards for the men and women, boys and girls at CHALK.

Searching for Words which were Special to Jesus

Making wooden star decorations.

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.

Easter Journey Day, 2017.

Super journey day focusing on friendship and bring a friend of God. The children worked together beautifully in their house groups discovering the secret of the peace babies, being creative in the quiet zone, hunting for the disciples and creating Easter cards to bless their friends. A day to remember.

Reflections on Journey Day Easter 2017

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Christmas 2016 Journey Day

Summer 2016 Journey Day

Journey Day Easter 2016

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