Pupils from St Michael’s Primary School, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, took part in a prayer and reflection day.
The aim of the day was for children to understand the importance of being still and reflecting. This may be through self-reflection or through prayer and conversations with God.
The day started with collective worship led by Padre Gary Birch who told the children about the different conversations people can have and how they can also talk to God throughprayer. He explained there are many different types of prayer and it’s possible to pray about anything, anywhere and anyhow.
The Key Stage 2 children then visited different places around the village for a range of activities, including making calm jars and other craft activities as well as taking part in some activities in the church led by the Bridge, a church organisation run by volunteers who go into schools.
“It was a really lovely day, and clear from the comments during the morning’s collective worship which the Bridge led that the children had enjoyed it all even though we all got soaking wet going home,” said Brenda from the Bridge.
The younger Key Stage 1 pupils stayed within the school grounds and had a chance to make a garden of gratefulness, paint pebbles and watch their hope blossoms open up with their hopes and dreams for the future. The JAM (Jesus and Me Club) led a workshop making prayer books.
“The whole day was very tranquil and the children thoroughly enjoyed the wide range of activities,” said Principal, Nicky Phillips, “A lot of emphasis in education is on challenge and setting targets for where we want to be, today was about reflecting on our journeys and where we are, sharing the successes and challenging our thinking in a different way.”
At the end of the day there was a church service led by Rev Philip Bromily, who said: “It was an absolute privilege to be involved.... in 19 years of being involved in church schools, I've never witnessed anything like it..... fabulous.”
Everyone agreed it was a very relaxing day.
“It was a pleasure to see the children relax and unwind. They were very thoughtful and enjoyed reflecting on their year,” said Class 4 teacher, Lucy Lafferty.
“As ever the children were a credit to themselves, their parents, and the school. A big thank you to all involved it was a great success,” said school governor, Caroline Lacey.