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Message from the Bishop
End of School Year Homily – Salford Cathedral
Well, what a strange time we are living in and on this occasion we want to look back over the school year and we need to be thankful for all that has been good. But all those sorts of strange things, the lockdown of schools which has not happened for generations, and we’ve been having to learn from home. I’ve been delighted to hear of the sort of projects that have gone on to keep pupils engaged with their work, with activities, and different projects going on in schools even though there has been a lockdown.
It must be very strange – particularly for those pupils who are in year 6, 13 and 11 – who are probably leaving their school now. Because normally at this time there is a sense of completion, finishing the school we’ve been in and looking forward to what’s coming next – the next step. And that has all been lost this year.
But let’s be positive. Let’s look to see what we may have learnt through this pandemic. Different ways of studying, of disciplining our lives and of learning. These are all things that can bring us a great opportunity.
I think there’s a phrase which is very important which St John Henry, Cardinal Newman, has left for us in his meditation, which begins: God created me to do him some definite purpose. He has committed some work to me that he has not committed to another. I have my Mission. And I believe that each and every one of us can say that. Each and every one of us has a definite purpose and Mission, unlike anybody else’s. And it’s for us to be discovering what God is asking of us. Because whatever he is asking of us, he is certainly giving us the gifts and talents we need to complete everything that He may require. So nothing is lost in these last weeks and I hope that it’s not been too difficult to make those adjustments.
But let’s look to the future and being ambassadors for Christ in all that we do. To set out and to bring Christ’s love to those around us.
And just finally, in that Gospel reading there are just four words that for years I didn’t really notice. ‘Remain in my love.’ Because sometimes I think that we have an idea of God that we have to work hard to be loved by God and if we make a mess of things, God stops loving us. No, remain in my love. We can only remain in God’s love if we are already there. God loves us and he wants to be with us and he wants faith in Him to be important in all we do. So God bless you as we finish this year. It has been very strange but you have managed so well. Thank you, and let’s look forward to the next step, whatever your next step may be, so that we are doing our definite purpose and that we’re remaining in God’s love so that we can be ambassadors for Christ. And that little diocesan prayer remains very important for us wherever we are. Stay with us Lord, on our journey. God bless you all.
We aim keep you up to date with all the latest ideas and resources you can use to help with supporting your child's learning at home. Please keep checking the page regularly for updates as we get them.
Please click on the link below to access your child's year group activities for home learning. There will be new activities each week for them to complete.
PLEASE NOTE: WHITE ROSE MATHS NO LONGER HAS WORKSHEETS
PLEASE USE THE BBC BITESIZE LINK UNDERNEATH.
We have been sent the document below from Rochdale Council to encourage children's resilience during this national crisis. Please feel free to share it with them and encourage them to earn the different badges for being an anti-baddy!
Also an E-book, produced by by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, Consultant: Professor Graham Medley Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This is a simple explanation of Coronavirus to share with your children.
The NSPCC have also created a virtual speak out stay safe assembly with Ant and Dec, which some may be useful to share with children at home. It can be found here:
The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.
BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:
Get creative with classical music:
The children in EYFS and KS1 are very familiar with the free games.
Access the full site for free using the following details:
Free comics for children reading from phase 2 to phase 5 phonics.
Ebooks for EYFS, KS1 & KS2
E-book story extracts
Join in with Emilie's short videos on Youtube
Below is a link for a great mindfulness video!
BBC Bitesize have also launched French lessons!
Follow this link to the French homepage:
Special Educational Needs Resources
Children with Special Educational Needs may be finding the school closures much more difficult than others as it will have a major impact on their normal daily routines. The RANS team have sent us the below parent booklets which contain practical ideas to use at home and visual timetables to enable you to structure your child's day a little better, if required.
Reachout ASC - Lynn McCann
A range of resources to support Transition at home or in school is available on the website: