'Open the Book' the lively series of assemblies for primary schools, is still running well in our local Welsh language schools. We lead assemblies every fortnight at Terrig, Mornant and Croes Atti schools and twice per half term at Glanrafon school, with the support of Lowri and our key volunteer Katherine Richards.
Lowri also leads termly assemblies at Gwenffrwd school, as well as lessons and an after school club. We hope to see more Welsh speaking volunteers join us so we can offer the wonderful Open the Book assembly programme more regularly to the school if they would like, and also fulfil the request to provide an assembly team for the new Welsh school in Shotton.
Agathos has had a number of different opportunities to support Maes Garmon Secondary school recently, and to work with the pupils there both formally and informally. 'Clwb Holi' still draws a regular and faithful group of Yr 7-9 pupils and a helper from the sixth form to explore the Christian faith and have fun together. Through a variety of games, crafts and activities we explore their questions and challenge some of the values found in our society which oppose the good life God wants for us.
I've also had the privilege of leading some RE lessons with Year 7s in the school on the topics of how Christians view and use the Bible, and also on the parable of the Prodigal Son. The pupils appreciated the opportunity to ask questions of 'real life' believers and hear some new perspectives. Discussions with the Head of RE and Headteacher about Collective Worship and pupil participation / language skills has led to classroom based discussion times rather than whole year assemblies. I've really enjoyed the more interactive times and the opportunity to engage more personally with pupils as we talked about our own character and God's. Lowri is also involved in the Secondary school work as often as she is able, and it's great to be able to maintain regular contact with a church worker and for the pupils to build relationships with another adult from the local church community.
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