Our Journey Days have had to change a little due to current restrictions with mixing children. However in our Federation we see every hurdle as an opportunity. This year we are taking time to think about what motivates and enables people to do good in society. We will be digging deeper (in our class groups) into the nine fruits of the spirit outlined in Galatians 5v22. We will be looking at the life, sayings and actions of Mother Teresa who devoted her life to the poor, and we will be searching the Bible to find stories which help us understand how people develop these ‘fruits’ in their lives.
Every Journey Day we take time to consider what each set of teaching might mean for us personally. In school we have a strong set of values and we hope that through by exploring the output of those values in our lives we can help our pupils to think deeper about the kind of individual they want to be. We have benefited so much during these difficult times from the dedication of so many individuals who have worked tirelessly to keep our country going during this pandemic. We want our children to see that they are the future and that one day they too might be required to support those in need. If we all exercised the fruits of the spirit in our lives how amazing would our communities be - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We began our Journey Day by thinking about the key words associated with The Fruits of The Spirit. These are huge concepts of kindness, love, patience, forbearance, self-control, gentleness, joy, patience, peace and faithfulness.
Talking together we realised how early in life we set down our roots. These are our passions, the things we do, our interests, our family. These roots in turn become the tree that is us. If we put down roots of kindness our tree will show our kindness blossoming through.
Towards the end of the morning, we talked about being sorry. None of us are perfect and we all make mistakes, but what is important is we respond to failings and try to learn from them. Together we wrote our sorry thoughts and placed them into our Special Golden Sorry Box.
After resting and eating our lunch we returned in the afternoon for our special focus on the work of Mother Teresa. We soon realised the enormity of her charitable dedication to the saviour of others. We wanted to record our findings and also think about what she achieved. Using both a heart card and a love card we both recorded and reflected our thoughts.