In assemblies last week we talked about different types of families.
In the lower school assembly, younger children shared a story about a family with one child and two dads. We discussed what makes all our families different and special and why we are proud of them.
In the upper school assembly, older children watched some videos from www.bbc.co.uk/newsround and talked a little more about what Pride Month is. We also discussed the word ‘homophobia’. We agreed that we one of the things that makes us PROUD of Lawford Mead is that we welcome everybody and we would never want someone feeling left out.
In our Tuesday assemblies this week we watched a Newsround video to learn about things we should look out for during King Charles III’s coronation next weekend. Click here to watch the video. We discussed which five aspects of the coronation we were most interested in seeing.
Then, whilst we usually save our voices for Thursday singing assemblies, we practised singing the national anthem with our trademark Lawford Mead passion and gusto! Now we are ready to sing as a whole school for our Lawford Mead coronation celebrations on Friday!
In a recent lower school assembly we read the book ‘Can I Join Your Club’ together. We agreed that everyone is welcome at Lawford Mead and discussed how we can be welcoming and inclusive on the playground.
In our thinking time assemblies last week we talked about Saint George’s Day and the patron saints of the other countries within the United Kingdom.
We also learnt about the some of the patron saints that make Christians feel safe when they think of them or keep them close on a necklace, in a picture or as a statue. Saint Christopher, patron saint of travelers for example. Or Saint Raphael, the patron saint of nightmares.
We discussed what we think of to make us feel calm and safe when we are worried. A favourite person? Pet? Place?
In our last couple of Tuesday assemblies we have talked about Safer Internet Day, which is on Tuesday 7th February this year.
We highly recommend this Newsround article, which includes top tips for children and a very helpful video explaining what our ‘digital footprint’ is.
Stay safe and remember the theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day: ‘TALK about it’. Be open and honest about screen time and internet use with your trusted adults, because you must be confident and quick to go to them for help when something online worries or upsets you.
We also recommend the top tips for parents and carers here.
In a recent assembly we discussed the lyrics to a song from Matilda the Musical. The words taught us to be brave, resilient and independent. However, in the next assembly we looked at the lyrics of another Matilda song. This one reminds and reassures us that there are always people close to us (friends, teachers, family…) who will be ready to help us and make our day better when we need it. We all have the power to help each other.
STILL HOLDING MY HAND
I believed that I Would never be able to rely On anybody else And I was sure that I Would just have to learn to survive All by myself And one day I opened my eyes And looked up to find that the sky Had turned blindingly blue And right by my side there was you Quietly taking a stand And you were holding my hand
You were there as I battled my fears I fell and you helped me to stand When the storm finally cleared You were there You were still holding my hand
You kicked down the doors for me You helped me understand There was another version of me You were still holding my hand You were just there for me Quietly taking a stand Changing the end of my story for me