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 Autumn term schedule below:

Autumn Term 1:

Week beginning

School value and theme

Key date

Christian quotation

30th August

 

Trustworthiness:

New beginnings

5th September – International Day of Charity

6th September – National Read a Book Day

“Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be”Job 8:7

“Behold, God is my salvation;

I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,

and he has become my salvation.” -Isaiah 12:2

6th September

Trustworthiness:

The value of democracy

8th September Nativity of the Mother of God

 

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

 

13th September

Trustworthiness:

The value of peace in our communities and the world

14th September- Exaltation of the Holy Cross

14th September – Jeans for Genes

15th September – International Day of Democracy

17th September – Citizenship Day

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers” – Matthew 5:8

 

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”-James 1:6

20th September

Trustworthiness:

The value of other languages

21st September – International Day of Peace

22nd September – World Car Free Day

26th September – European Day of Languages

“There are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.” – Corinthians 14: 10

“In God, whose word I praise—

in God I trust and am not afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?”

Psalm 56:4

27th September

Trustworthiness:

The value of animals

29th September – World Heart Day

1st October – World Vegetarian Day

1st October

Black History Month

“The righteous care for the needs of their animals.”Proverbs 12:10

 

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

4th

October

 

 

Trustworthiness:

Black Lives Matter

 

Holy Protection of the Mother of God

Space week

Dyslexia awareness week

10th October – World Mental Health Day

We are all created in the “image” of GodGenesis 1:27

 

“Lord, it is so much better to trust in you to save me than to put my confidence in someone else.” Psalm 118:8

 

11th October

 

Trustworthiness:

The value of letting go

 

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

 

“Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.” -Proverbs 16:3

 

18th October

 

Trustworthiness:

The value of helping those less fortunate than ourselves

17th October – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

St Demetrius 26th Oct

 

“God will never forget the needy.”Psalm 9: 18

 

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5

Autumn Term 2

Week beginning

School value and theme

Key date

Christian quotation

1st November

 

Respect:

The value of telling the truth

 

1st November – All Saints Day (Western Christianity)

Stress Awareness Week

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”John 3:18

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

 

8th November

 

Respect:

The value of honouring the sacrifice of others

9th November – World Freedom Day

11th November – Remembrance Sunday/Day

13th November – World Kindness Day

“Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15: 13

“ Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

 

15th November

 

Respect:

The value of all humans as important

16th November: International Day of Tolerance

Anti-bullying week

19th November - International Men’s Day

21st Nov - Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3: 28

 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

 

22nd November

 

Respect:

The value of starting

again

 

 

“Forget the former things;  do not dwell on the past.” – Isaiah 43: 18

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”. Peter 3:15

 29th November

 

Respect:

The value of making good decisions

29th November – Advent begins (E.O)

30th November – St Andrew’s Day

1st December – World AIDS Day

3rd December – International day of people with disability

5th December – Volunteer Day

“Jesus saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said… 18 At once they left their nets and followed him” Mark 1: 16-18

 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

John 14:15

 

6th December

 

Respect:

The value of equality – helping the needy at Christmas

10th December- Human Rights Day

 

 

10th December:

First Day of Hanukkah

“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” – James 2: 15-17

 “But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.” Luke 14:10

 

 

 

13th December

Respect:

Reflecting back on this term and looking forward to Christmas

20th December – Human solidarity Day

 

25th December - Christmas

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9: 6

 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:32