As a result of Self Evaluation processes we identified some areas for us to develop as a school. One of the areas was the fact that we did not have an “ACT OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP”.
We do have assemblies but as a whole school we are expected to spend some time every day doing something “Spiritual”. In primary school students experience a daily assembly with songs and prayers. In secondary school we need to do it a “bit differently”.
Due to the constraints of space we can only have one assembly per day, therefore, to undertake an “Act of Collective Worship” we needed to think laterally.
The solution is a daily “silence” when you choose to think or pray about an agreed ‘Thought For The Week’. The silence is to be observed by all students, staff and visitors. Students will be asked to observe the silence by standing behind their chairs.
Students have been invited to suggest what these “thoughts” might be. These are pre-printed into the student and staff planners.
We have tried to link the thoughts to key calendar events or times in the year like September where a “fresh start” might be appropriate.
Current Thought of the Week (wc 09/07/2012)
“Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don’t use that ability as best we can.”
- George Allen, Sr.
Examples of previous Thought for the Week Quotes
“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
- Mark Twain
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
- Robert Collier
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
- Albert Schweitzer
“Discipline is not such a bad thing. It’s simply doing what you’re supposed to do as well as you can when you’re supposed to do it.”
- Mike Krzyzewski
“Dreams are what get you started. Discipline is what keeps you going.”
- Jim Ryun
“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
- Henry Van Dyke
“I’ve had enough success for two lifetimes, my success is talent put together with hard work and luck.”
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar