As part of the school's Anti-Bullying week, I was invited to lead a Refuge space for three days at Bryn Gwalia school last month.
Each class in the school, from Nursery to Year 6, visited Refuge for a lesson. The lesson involved discussions about prayer, a craft activity and six interactive stations where the pupils could spend as much time as they wanted.
One of our main reasons for being involved in local schools is to help fulfil the desire of local churches to support our local schools.
Volunteers in educational settings can offer support to schools in a variety of ways, the best place to start is to talk to local school leaders and discuss where the volunteers' skills, knowledge and training overlap with the needs of the school.
At Agathos we focus on offering our support within the Christian elements of the curriculum, including Religious Education and Collective Worship, as well as Pastoral Support. Examples of Pastoral work we undertake are
This week I've been teaching Bible Explorer Lessons with Year 5 at Ysgol Glanrafon.
Hannah's latest craft, the fab Ark of the Covenant (left), was a huge hit. The lessons are really fast paced and energetic, moving through the key stories of the Old Testament and tracing the relationship between God and his people through all the ups and downs of stubborness, sin and forgiveness.
The children learn 77 handsigns and keywords over the 5 lessons, which really reinforce the learning. So much so, that a Year 10 pupil, working in school on his Work Experience week, could remember some of them from his lessons 5 years ago!
(written by Wendy)
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