365 days in my shoes Day 181

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Exploring core values of Church Schools – information collated from a variety of sources.

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HOPE

The Christian understanding of hope illustrates how trivial our everyday use of the word can be. We hope that it will not rain for the picnic, or that the car will start or that the plumber will come tomorrow.

At a deeper level, hope is a universal human phenomenon. People hope for peace in time of war; food in time of famine; justice in time of oppression. Where hope is lost there is despair and disintegration. Hope generates energy and sustains people through difficult times. For some people, hope is so strong that it inspires self-sacrifice to turn hope into reality.
True hope is much more than a general idea that things will get better. It is more than a belief in progress, which sees the world and people as getting better all the time, growing away from violence, ignorance and confusion. There has, of course, been genuine progress: in technology, in communications, in medical care and in the protection of people’s rights through the law. Nevertheless, terror and oppression, death and disease, greed and self-serving still govern the lives of millions. In the light of all this, belief in human progress looks facile and deluding.

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Christian hope is grounded in the character of God. Often, in the Psalms, the writer says to God: ‘My hope is in you’. It is a hope rooted in the love and faithfulness of God. Hope is not wishful thinking but a firm assurance that God can be relied upon. It does not remove the need for ‘waiting upon the Lord’ but there is underlying confidence that God is a ‘strong rock’ and one whose promises can be trusted. The writer to the Hebrews describes the Christian hope as ‘an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’. Even when experiencing exile, persecution, doubt or darkness, the Biblical writers trust in God’s ‘unfailing love’ and know that he will be true to his covenant promises. That is the basis of their hope.
Hope is not always spontaneous or easy. There is work to be done. As well as trusting God, we have to develop qualities of steadfastness in our own character.

Paul says: ‘We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ (Romans 5:3-4)
Hope is coupled with faith and love as one of the three most enduring gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Christian hope for the future has its guarantee in the resurrection of Jesus. The prophets always spoke of a time to come when the whole world would be restored to God. For Christians, Jesus’ death and resurrection has set this in motion.

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Christian hope means trusting in the loving purposes of God: trusting that the foundations of the world are good because they spring from God. It means believing that, ultimately, we are destined to share in that goodness because of what Jesus has done. He had to pass through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ but the victory has been won and our share in that victory is assured.

Psalm 62:5-8
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

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Psalm 130:5-6
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

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Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

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Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

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1 Peter 1:3-4
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you.

Don’t Give Up

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.”

Anne Lamott

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What does that mean for schools?

Ethos

• What are the signs that your school is a ‘hopeful’ place? How could you strengthen
and celebrate this?

• What do you think the children in the school hope for? How does it relate to
Christian hope?

• How does the school offer the opportunity of a new start to those who need a
second chance? What does it offer to those who have already had a second chance?

Trust God

“If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him.”

Anne Graham Lotz

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Worship

• What picture of Christian hope do pupils get through their experience of worship in
your school?

• What specific beliefs about God are fostered that can become a strong basis for hope
in the pupils’ own lives?

• How are pupils encouraged to bring their hopes and dreams to God in prayer and praise?

Don’t Worry

“Pray, and let God worry.”

William Law

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Curriculum

• Which curriculum areas encourage pupils to form a vision of a better future?

• How are pupils given the opportunity to express hope in the future through the creative arts?

• How are pupils helped to see both the potential and the limitations of science for changing the world for the better?

Door of Hope

“God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.”

Catherine Marshall

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Leadership

• How do you seek to develop your role as a vision builder? How do you share your hopes for the school with all stakeholders?

• In what ways are your hopes for the school distinctive because it is a church school?

• How do you help people to rise above difficult situations within the school or local community and take positive steps to overcome despair? What support do you have in doing this?

God’s Grace

“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”

Rick Warren

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365 days in my shoes Day 180

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Kids love word puzzles.

Try getting kids to solve and then invent new word puzzles for their classmates to solve. Word puzzles also give children great ideas for phrases to use and apply to their writing.

Rebus puzzles part two

Answers to previous puzzles:-
For instance
Too funny for words
Back to square one
Once in a blue moon
Cut above the rest
Wrong end of the stick
Sideshow
Tickled pink
Smalltalk
Two left feet
Get up and go
Painless operation
Crossbreed
Too stupid for words
Half-hearted

Rebus part one here:-
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-174/

New puzzles to solve – add your answers to the comments section.

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365 days in my shoes Day 179

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It’s Friday

How has your week been? These last few weeks just seem to be speeding by and yet so much happens in each one.this time last week I was on stage and today I’m heading to Cramlington Learning Village for their conference.

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Following a matinee and evening performance on Saturday, Sunday was a mixture of catch up time as well as beginning the mammoth task of reading reports.

If anyone has cracked it, share your tips. I seem to end up being chief proofreader too which is not what I expect.

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Monday – one of 4 mORR Mondays left before the end of term.

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/365-days-on-my-shoes-day-175/

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https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-176/

Fabulous evening at George Stephenson High School Teachmeet with
@amy_leighd .

https://storify.com/RachelOrr/teachmeet-george-stephenson-high-school-25-6-13-tm

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Find my head in two places today – literally!

Interviewed for two posts in my new school as well as a st in my current school. Really good appointments made.

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Met several HTs and corporate director for my new LA and spent time in school followed by cracking teachmeet at Cramlington Learning Village with Martin Said. MORR of that to come as a blog in the next few days.

Storify and twitter playing up and not many tweets captured with the hash tag even though they are on the timeline.

https://storify.com/RachelOrr/cramlington-learning-village-teachmeet-27-6-13-tmc

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What a week! Friday! The weekend starts here with another five sets of reports to read over the weekend and then 15 days left to go.

Today’s kids’ shoe challenge has to be my twitter avatar – signature pink sparkle today!

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365 days in my shoes Day 178

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Nostalgia part four

MORR blasts from the past!

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“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.”

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“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: You find the present tense and the past perfect”

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“Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.”

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“It’s hard to be nostalgic when you can’t remember anything.”

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The good old times — all times when old are good.

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“Remembrance of things past.”

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“For us, the best time is always yesterday.”

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365 days in my shoes Day 177

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Time for some mORR midweek grammar, wordplay, puns, quips and quirks etc…

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BECAUSE
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants

ARITHMETIC
A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream

GEOGRAPHY
General Eisenhower’s Oldest Girl Rode A Pony Home Yesterday

RHYTHM
Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move

NECESSARY
Not Every Cat Eats Sardines (Some Are Really Yummy)

ARGUMENT
A Rude Girl Undresses; My Eyes Need Taping!

OCEAN
Only Cats’ Eyes Are Narrow

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Order of colours in the rainbow, or visual spectrum:
(Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain.

Order of taxonomy in biology:
(Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach.

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Order of geological time periods:
(Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, Recent)
Cows Often Sit Down Carefully. Perhaps Their Joints Creak?
Persistent Early Oiling Might Prevent Painful Rheumatism.

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The order of sharps in music, called the “circle of fifths”:
(F, C, G, D, A, E, B)
Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle.

And in reverse for flat keys the mnemonic can be neatly reversed:
Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles’ Father.

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The notes represented by the lines on the treble clef stave (bottom to top):
(E, G, B, D, F)
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.

And the notes represented by the spaces between the lines:
(F, A, C, E)
Furry Animals Cook Excellently. Or just the word FACE

The notes represented by the lines on the bass clef stave (bottom to top):
(G, B, D, F, A)
Good Boys Do Fine, Always.

And the notes represented by the spaces between the lines:
(A, C, E, G)
All Cows Eat Grass.

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The order of planets in average distance from the Sun:
(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
My Very Easy Method: Just Set Up Nine Planets.

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Pi

There once was a fellow from Greece,
Who forgot pi’s last decimal piece.
So he used electronics
To collect pi mnemonics…
Now he’s hooked, and there is no release.
Michael P. Masterson-Gibbons

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When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”
This means that when there are two vowels in a row, the first usually has a long sound and the second is silent. That’s why it’s team, not taem; coat, not caot; and wait, not wiat. Remembering this rule will help you to put vowels in the right order.

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Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally is a mnemonic for remembering the order of operations when solving an equation.
P = Parentheses, E = Exponents, M = Multiplication, D = Division, A = Addition, S = Subtraction

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Stationary vs. Stationery
Here’s a mnemonic done in rhyme: Everything around him was scary so the canary stood stationary. Scary, canary, and stationary rhyme and end in ary.

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Complement vs. Compliment
Since by definition, complement means that which makes something complete, it may be helpful to associate the two e’s in complete with the two e’s in complement. Or, since the word compliment contains the letter ‘i’, it may be helpful to associate the ‘i’ in compliment with the word ‘I’ which you use when referring to yourself. Remember, people give compliments.
Here’s a sentence to help clarify things: I like to give compliments because they make people happy or I must pay you a compliment. The blue necktie you are wearing complements the rest of your outfit.

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365 days in my shoes Day 176

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Core values 5

Exploring core values in church schools.

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PEACE

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(Information has been collated from a variety of sources.)

The Hebrew term for peace, ‘shalom’, has a deep and complex meaning, encompassing much more than simply the absence of hostility or war.

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Shalom includes ideas of healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It means harmony, stability and security within a community. It refers to relationships based on truth and righteousness, where people flourish because they are nurtured.
The Biblical picture of the age to come is one of Shalom. ‘Swords will be beaten into ploughshares’ … ‘the wolf shall live with the lamb… no-one shall hurt or destroy…’
(Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:1-9).

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Traditional enemies will live together contentedly and the people will be governed with wisdom, understanding and justice.
In Jesus’ message, peace is an almost tangible element. It is his gift to his disciples. Paul describes God as the God of peace, the Christian message is called the ’gospel of peace’ and peace is one of the ‘fruits of the Spirit’.

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It seems that humankind has to learn and re-learn the message of peace. It does not come easily or automatically. We constantly fall back into hostility and suspicion. Peter, quoting the Psalms, says we must ‘seek peace and pursue it’ (1 Peter 3:11). Jesus blesses those who are ‘peacemakers’ and calls them ‘sons of God’.

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It is noteworthy how often the word peace is used in parallel with the word ‘righteousness’. Peace cannot come by simply wishing it to be the case. Peace is founded on righteousness and justice.

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Christians are called to share in Christ’s work of restoring wholeness. The Christian vision in this respect is far-reaching and challenging: harmony between people, harmony between people and God, and harmony between humans and the whole created order.

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Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

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Isaiah 2:4
They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

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Isaiah 32:17-18
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

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Isaiah 48:17-18
This is what the LORD says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.’

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Matthew 5:19
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.’

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John 14:27
‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’

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Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

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What does this mean for church schools?

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Ethos

• How would you define a ‘peaceful school’ or a ‘peaceful classroom’?
What contribution does your Christian ethos make to this?
• How are conflicts resolved in ways that are fair? What training is given to help this to happen skilfully and consistently?
• How are pupils encouraged to be peacemakers and how are they equipped to do this?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Worship

• In what ways are pupils enabled to experience peace during worship?
• What do you think is meant when the Biblical writers tell us to ‘seek peace and pursue it’? What part does the daily act of worship play in helping you to do this?
• What exactly is meant by the greeting: ‘The peace of the Lord be always with you’? How are pupils helped to reach an understanding of this?

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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Curriculum

• How does each curriculum area create opportunities to foster co-operation?
• In which areas of the curriculum do pupils learn about those who have promoted peace by their life, work and teaching? Does this include those who have used science and technology for peaceful means?
• How are pupils given a balanced understanding of both ‘just war’ and ‘pacifism’?

“Peace begins with a smile..”
― Mother Teresa

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Leadership

• What strategies do you use to promote a peaceful and harmonious community in your school?
• Christians are called to share in Christ’s work of restoring wholeness. How are you helping to restore ‘wholeness’ in your school and in your local community?
• Isaiah speaks of ‘peace like a river’ and ‘righteousness like the waves of the sea’. What do these images mean to you? How far does your leadership promote this vision within your school?

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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365 days on my shoes Day 175

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It’s Monday!

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Only 4 Mondays left for me.

4 weeks or 20 days for most of us.

For me, this means 20 different pairs of heels to go.

20 days = let’s make the most of them!

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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
― Edith Wharton

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“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”
― Brian Tracy

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“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
― Ashley Smith

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“Positive thoughts lead to positive results.”
― Maria V. Snyder, Touch of Power

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“Always try and be a better person than you were yesterday, cause we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.”
― Tina A. Morgan

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“Only in the world of mathematics do two negatives multiply into a positive.”
― Abby Morel

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“Don’t ever say that you are nothing because you are the opposite of nothing. You are everything.”
― Sherri Lee Emmons

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“To be truly positive in the eyes of some, you have to risk appearing negative in the eyes of others.”
― Criss Jami

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“To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honour.”

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