365 days in my shoes Day 173

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Exploring core values of core values of church schools.

Core values 4

THANKFULNESS (collated from a variety of sources)

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Thankfulness has always been at the centre of the life and worship of God’s people.

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Under the Law of Moses, there were not only sacrifices for forgiveness, there were ‘thanks offerings’ as well.

‘Songs of thankfulness and praise…’ are at the heart of Christian worship. Thankfulness is directed towards God who gives and sustains life. Seeing the world as God’s creation underpins the way we approach everything in life, seeing it as a gift and not as a right.

Thankfulness is important. Luke tells the story of the ten lepers who were healed and is probably challenging his readers to examine themselves when he tells of the amazement of Jesus that only one, a Samaritan, came back to thank him. (Luke 17:11-19).

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Jesus gave thanks to God (Matthew 11.25) and although the word ‘thankfulness’ is not common in the Gospels, recognition of his dependence on the Father infuses the whole life of Jesus. Thankfulness is a wholehearted response. It stems from a consciousness of God’s gifts and blessings. It is a joyfulness that erupts into praise. Paul frequently encourages us to ‘be thankful’ (Colossians 3:15), to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and says that our lives should ‘overflow with thankfulness’ (Colossians 2:7).

For Christians the greatest of all acts of worship is simply called ‘thanksgiving’ – eucharistia in Greek – thanksgiving for the death and resurrection of God’s Son and the way of forgiveness that is opened up.

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2 Chronicles 5:13
The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’

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Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

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Mark 14:22-23
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his
disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.

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Luke 17:15-16
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan.

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Ephesians 5:19-20
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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Colossians 2:6-7
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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What should we be asking ourselves and our school?

Ethos
• In what ways are expressions of appreciation and thankfulness built into the life of the school?
• How do we enable pupils to see the good things of life as a blessing and a gift rather than a right?
• How do you enable your pupils to be thankful for more than just material possessions?

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In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Author: Albert Schweitzer

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Worship
• How can we ensure that thanksgiving in worship is genuine and not just a form of words?
• In what ways are the creative arts used in worship to express thankfulness?
• In what creative and imaginative ways might you use the Psalms to express thankfulness?

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A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

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Curriculum
• How are pupils helped to understand and be thankful for the natural resources upon which we depend?
• How are pupils helped to understand how interdependent we are and to appreciate the skills and labours of others?
• How are pupils helped to develop the skills of expressing appreciation and thanks to other members of the community and visitors?

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Let us thank God heartily as often as we pray that we have His Spirit in us to teach us to pray. Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts.

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Leadership
• How do you express appreciation of all that staff members do?
• How do Governors show appreciation and support of the headteacher?
• How do you lead the school in recognising and being thankful for all its strengths?

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365 days in my shoes Day 172

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It’s Friday!

What did you do this week?

I don’t think I could have had a busier week than this one at the moment.

It’s report ‘reading’ time for me and hoping not to be the proof reader for staff who have not checked their reports carefully.

I can predict which ones I need to scrutinise closely for spelling, correct child’s name, correct spelling of child’s name and grammar!

I’ve also managed to get myself roped into a show at the Gala Theatre in Durham. Last G&T was opening night. Such fun.

Saturday – world gin day!
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I spent the day planting in my garden, drinking the odd Hendricks and cucumber whilst soaking up the beautiful sunshine!

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Andrew Cowley just had to mention the word Pimms and this was the result!

Pimms jelly!

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Sunday – rehearsal for a fabulous show called Some Enchanted Evenings

http://www.dmtc.co.uk/current_production.htm

Monday

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Sorted my hanging baskets and persuaded friend to put the brackets up.

Tuesday

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Tonight was our last rehearsal before going to the theatre on Wednesday for a get in, sound check and dress rehearsal.

Wednesday

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Fab to be in a private dressing room. Entry of room to spread dresses and heels around.

Sports day this morning, too.

Having had to cancel sports day for the past 4 years, it seems fitting that my last sports day at my current school should have the best weather and be the hottest day of the week and month so far. ORRsome day and a great turn out from our parents.

Thursday

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Got to spend the day in my new school today. Lovely chatting with some staff in the morning and meeting all of the governors in the afternoon at my first full governing body meeting.

Only 21 days to go! So exciting!

Curtain up!

Dress rehearsal for ‘Some Enchanted Evenings’ with Durham Musical Theatre Group.

Pink fizz afterwards!

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Friday!

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It’s almost the weekend.

Off to Genius Bar tomorrow to try and get iPhone 4S fixed. It has really annoyed me this past two weeks by appearing to have a mind of its own. I have reset, booted with iTunes, tried to switch it off but it still won’t actually switch off completely and now the Siri man’s voice seems determined to make sure I ask him a question while he responds, ‘I didn’t quite get that, Rachel!’

However, it’s the weekend and a matinée and evening performance and then some well deserved chilling afterwards.

I think the reports can wait another 24 hours.

365 days in my shoes Day 171

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Nostalgia part four

More blasts from the past!

The Mr Men and Little Miss have really taken off recently!

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The classic black and white Adams Family with cousin It – loved it!

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Wen I was first at primary school the toilets were outside. We had Izal medicated toilet paper. The seats of the toilets were wooden and the water in the toilet bowl would freeze in the winter. Had to be careful with frozen yellow water!

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Clackers? Did they have another name?

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Minty!

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Who could forget Take Hart and Morph!

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Space dust!

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Did you have a cap gun?

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Ceefax!

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Ladybird books!

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Can you still get these?

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Time after time.

365 days in my shoes Day 170

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Midweek time for more grammar quips, quotes, quirks and puns!

Time to get your tongue in a bit of a twist!

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Betty Botter had some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
It would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter,
That would make my batter better.”
So she bought a bit of butter –
Better than her bitter butter –
And she baked it in her batter;
And the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.

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Ned Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not.
So it is better to be Shott than Nott.
Some say Nott was not shot.
But Shott says he shot Nott.
Either the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot,
Or Nott was shot.
If the shot Shott shot shot Nott, Nott was shot.
But if the shot Shott shot shot Shott,
Then Shott was shot, not Nott.
However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott, but Nott.

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A tree-toad loved a she-toad
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree-toad,
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree-toad tried to win
The three-toed she-toad’s heart,
For the two-toed tree-toad loved the ground
That the three-toed tree-toad trod.
But the two-toed tree-toad tried in vain;
He couldn’t please her whim.
From her tree-toad bower,
With her three-toed power,
The she-toad vetoed him.

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Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now, See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.
Had Soar seen See’s saw
Before See sawed Soar’s seesaw,
See’s saw would not have sawed
Soar’s seesaw.
So See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw.
But it was sad to see Soar so sore
just because See’s saw sawed
Soar’s seesaw.

365 days in my shoes Day 169

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A way with words!

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Our language can be so strange at times.

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Children all over are focusing on phonics this week more than ever.

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Amused me!

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, lough and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead –
For goodness sake don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there’s dose and rose and lose –
Just look them up – and goose and choose,
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword,
And do and go and thwart and cart –
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I’d mastered it when I was five!

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Our Strange Lingo
When the English tongue we speak.
Why is break not rhymed with freak?
Will you tell me why it’s true
We say sew but likewise few?
And the maker of the verse,
Cannot rhyme his horse with worse?
Beard is not the same as heard
Cord is different from word.
Cow is cow but low is low
Shoe is never rhymed with foe.
Think of hose, dose,and lose
And think of goose and yet with choose
Think of comb, tomb and bomb,
Doll and roll or home and some.
Since pay is rhymed with say
Why not paid with said I pray?
Think of blood, food and good.
Mould is not pronounced like could.
Wherefore done, but gone and lone –
Is there any reason known?
To sum up all, it seems to me
Sound and letters don’t agree.

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Phoney Phonetics.
One reason why I cannot spell,
Although I learned the rules quite well
Is that some words like coup and through
Sound just like threw and flue and Who;
When oo is never spelled the same,
The duice becomes a guessing game;
And then I ponder over though,
Is it spelled so, or throw, or beau,
And bough is never bow, it’s bow,
I mean the bow that sounds like plow,
And not the bow that sounds like row –
The row that is pronounced like roe.
I wonder, too, why rough and tough,
That sound the same as gruff and muff,
Are spelled like bough and though, for they
Are both pronounced a different way.
And why can’t I spell trough and cough
The same as I do scoff and golf?

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WHY ENGLISH IS SO HARD TO LEARN
We must polish the Polish furniture.
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
This was a good time to present the present.
A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
The bandage was wound around the wound.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
They sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
After a number of injections my jaw got number.
Upon seeing the tear in my clothes I shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
I read it once and will read it agen
I learned much from this learned treatise.
I was content to note the content of the message.
The Blessed Virgin blessed her. Blessed her richly.
It’s a bit wicked to over-trim a short wicked candle.
If he will absent himself we mark him absent.
I incline toward bypassing the incline.

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CANDIDATE FOR
A PULLET SURPRISE

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker’s
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault’s with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word’s fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw’s are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

Jerrold H. Zar.

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Eye halve a spelling checker
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques for my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it to say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
It’s rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
Eye am shore your pleased two no
It’s letter perfect awl the weigh
My checker tolled me sew.

Margo Roark.

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365 days in my shoes Day 168

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It’s Monday!

Day 10 of 35!

Only five weeks for most of us until the end of term.

Which means only five Mondays left.

Let’s make every one of them count!

Enjoy them!

Be positive!

Stay positive!

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
― Walt Whitman

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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“If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way”
― Henry Ford

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“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”
― Shannon L. Alder

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“A DAY IS ONLY WHAT YOU MAKE IT”
― Myself

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“You have the choice of deliberately directing your thinking, or allowing other forces to dictate your desires and attitudes.”
― Grant Von Harrison

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A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995

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Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

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If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want. ~Oscar Wilde

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Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

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Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler

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