Christian Faith

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In common with most Church schools, a daily act of collective worship is fundamental to the organisation of St Andrew the Apostle School. Assemblies are held for the whole school twice a week and in tutor or year groups on the remaining days. We will actively encourage an understanding and respect for all faiths and our assemblies will draw on the musical and choral traditions of many Christian churches; supporting our students as they develop into respectful and well-educated young people.

The St Andrew the Apostle School Prayer:

We bless you our most high God and Lord of mercy.
We pray that you would bless each one of us this day.
Give us inquiring minds and discerning hearts.
Give us courage to persevere in all we undertake.
Give us the gift of joy and wonder in all things.
Give us laughter and love to share with others.
Give us protection and safety in all that we do.
And give us sure and certain knowledge of your unfailing love.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
Both now and forever and to the ages of ages.
Amen.

As part of tutor time and assemblies each week, students explore values and themes and celebrate key dates. Please see our Spring term schedule below:

Week beginning

School value and theme

Key date

Christian quotation

Other quotation

4th January

Caring:

The value of giving rather than receiving.

6th January – Epiphany/Theophany (E.O)

“Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” – Mark 1:10-11

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

11th January

Respect:

The value of understanding others’ beliefs.

17th January – World Religion Day

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:34

 


“If your religion doesn't respect the rights of other religions, it is lacking something.” - Roger Ebert

18th January

Fairness:

The value of every person no matter who are they are.

20th January – Martin Luther King Day

 

 

We are all created in the ‘image’ of God – Genesis 1:27

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

25th January

Honesty:

The value of admitting your mistakes.

27th January – Holocaust Memorial Day

 

25th January – Burns Night (Scotland)

Chinese New Year

 

30th January - Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” – James 3:17

“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.” - Lao Tzu

1st February

Respect:

The value of equal rights for all.

2nd February – The Presentation of Christ (E.O)

 

LGBT Week

 

“God does not show favouritism.” – Romans 2:11

“We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.” – Desmond Tutu

8th February

Trustworthiness:

The value of being of being safe in relationships.

11th February – Safer Internet Day

 

14th February - Valentine’s Day

“Through lack of guidance a nation falls,
    but victory is won through many advisers.” - Proverbs 11: 14


“Tweet others the way you want to be tweeted.”
― Germany Kent

22th February

Caring:

The value of helping those less fortunate than ourselves

Fair trade fortnight begins

 

 

25th Februrary – Purim (Judaism)

“Whoever is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord and he will reward them for what they have done.” – Proverbs 19: 17

“Anyone who criticises me for talking about fair trade is a few pebbles short of a beach. Because everyone should care about it, just like everyone should care about the environment, because we all live here.” Chris Martin

1st March

Responsibility:

The value of communication and celebrating women.

 

 

1st March – St David’s Day (Wales)

 

 

4th March – World Book Day

 

 

8th March - International Women’s Day

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates

8th March

Responsibility:

The value of using your skills and talents wisely.

6th – 15th March – National Science Week

 

 

 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” – James 1:17

“I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else's talent.” Michael Jordan

15th March

Honesty:

The value of telling others you appreciate them.

17th March – St Patrick’s Day (N.I.)

14th March – Mothering Sunday

15th March – Lent begins (E.O)

“May the Lord reward you for your kindness” – Ruth 1: 18

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
—Robert Browning

22nd March

Trustworthiness:

The value of taking on important roles.

25th March – The Feast of the Annunciation (E.O)

 

28th March – Holi (Hindu/Sikhism)

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.” – 2 Peter 1: 10

“You cannot evade the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

29nd March

Forgiveness:

The value of forgiving others.

28th March – Palm Sunday

 

“Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23: 34

“The sign of sincere love is to forgive wrongs done to us. It was with such love that the Lord loved the world.” - St. Mark the Ascetic