All students in years 6, 7 and 8 visited an RE resource called ‘GSUS live’. ‘GSUS live’ is a mobile classroom with a fully functioning multimedia computer suite and provides a stimulating environment for students to explore themes of Forgiveness, Fear and Rejection through reflecting on Jesus’ life and teaching. These themes were introduced by following a young person’s journey through stimulation of an online chat, videos and music. Students were delighted as the screens appeared from inside their desks and enjoyed watching the videos and answering the questions.
A huge thank you to GSUS live, Wycombe Youth for Christ for their input and Mrs Brewster for her minibus driving!
As part of our transition work, each year 7 form group goes on a retreat day at the beginning of the year. The theme was about shining our light; sharing our gifts and talents for the good of others, based on the Bible verse: “Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father”- Matthew 5:16. The day is jam packed with fun activities for the form to get to know each other, learn skills to help them get through secondary school and encourage them to work as a team. Great fun! Thanks to all involved!
During the last week of the summer holidays, 20 students who are now in year 7, came to school, in the glorious sunshine, for four days of jam packed fun to help them with their move up into secondary. A group of sixth formers helped to lead the group each day and there were activities such as parachute games, rocket launching, water relays, craft, kwik cricket, poetry, drama, maths games and more! It was a great end to the holidays and a fantastic start to St Michael’s for some of the students.
If you will be starting in year 7 in September 2017, you will be invited to apply for the Summer School. Pop the dates in your diaries now if you are interested: 21-24th August 2017.
During the last week of June, the Chaplaincy Team, with superb help from a few year 6 students, took over a patch of the primary field for the Primary Mission Week: iPray. This was an opportunity for all students in the primary phase to experience prayer through a variety of interactive activities. Each year group was given a slot to come along to iPray in the gazebos to pray to God. We had help from some of our year 7s, 8s, sixth formers, staff, local youth workers and parishioners. We were blessed with glorious sunshine for the majority of the time – thank you God!
Here’s what some of the students said about it:
“I liked it because I had time to be closer to God”
“Now I know God really really forgives me and I love him”
“I got to mix RE with the fun activities you provided…you can’t improve it, it is at its best”
We held a competition on Secondary for students to design a door of mercy for a prize. Pictured is the winner! Congratulations! Thank you to all who entered from across the year groups.
Our doors of mercy are now up on both sites. The buttons on both were painted by all the students. A huge thanks to all staff involved and the various students for all their help and hard work.
The doors are for us to walk through to renew our commitment to God; to leave behind old ways and have a new start. Before we enter, we prepare our hearts and strive for holiness. We reflect on God’s mercy and how we can be merciful to others. Make sure you make time to intentionally walk through the doors!
For the year of Mercy we have been building up various things in school. For example we created posters with scripture about mercy on and put them up around the school to encourage us to reflect on God’s mercy and how we can be merciful to others as we wander around. We also launched a door of mercy competition – the winner will be announced soon!
We are well underway with creating our door of mercy to go outside the chapel – watch this space! Each student has painted a button which will all be put together to make a mosaic. We hope to then have some time to encourage students to walk through the door of mercy. Exciting!