What a fantastic start to assembly today – a real sense of focus as the children listened to a lively musical version of this week’s gospel passage – “go and be fishers of men”! Year one made the best entrance – fantastic!
Some were intrigued at the fish-tank focus at the front. So what was it all about today?
We began by remembering, Mr Flanagan, the first headteacher of our school back in 1965; Mrs Briscoe one of his first pupils, was representing the whole community at his funeral in Hastings today. In the picture below you can see Father Straub in the middle, Mr Flanagan on the right and the president of Chile on the left – a very select gathering in our school! We dedicated all of our prayers today to Mr Flanagan’s family.
We listened to this Week’s Gospel, read for us beautifully by Ben from The Wednesday Word. Have you shared your copy yet?
I was impressed with the singing of ‘Follow me, follow me …” which we hadn’t sung for such a long time – well done! It was great to hear reception children trying to join in with the chorus.
We then thought about how Jesus spoke to his fisherman friends and used what they knew (fishing) to help them understand what he wanted the to do – to fish no longer for fish but for people to be his disciples.
A friend in Year 1 helped two of the Chaplaincy Team to catch fish from our pond!
The fish helped us understand the things that we could do to be modern day disciples for Jesus.
8 fish for us to catch and 8 special things to think about – can you remember what they were?
We stuck the fish onto the fish-tank which represented our community – the places that we, the new disciples, spend our time – home, school, church, clubs … anywhere we are in fact.
…. And now it is time for us to be those active disciples in the world!
Before we finished I set an EXTRA CHALLENGE for everyone in two parts:
(1) What secret symbol did the early Christians use to show that they were followers of Jesus, Christians?
(2) What is it called and what does it mean?
Jot down your answer(s) with your name on and leave it at the office for me – I’ll be rewarding with stickers for quick and carefully considered responses!
We left assembly listening to an instrumental piece of music called “Galilee” and imagined Jesus fishing for his first disciples.
Special thanks to William and Ugo (Year 6 Chaplaincy Team members) for helping me set up assembly today – well done – you are doing a great job!