Peace be with you
And also with you
We have now entered the final half term of this academic year. The value for this half term is Perseverance.
Read through our new memory verse and think about what it means and how relevant it is to our lives at this present time.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will
reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
There were many times when Jesus was faced with hardships but he persevered and overcame them. An example of this is the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4.1-11).
Read the following poem, which is an adaptation of one of Aesop's fables.
The Hare and the Tortoise
Hare was proud; he boasted, 'I'm better than the rest,
I always get a prize, come top in every test.'
He had few friends, always drove them away.
He had to win at any cost, it's rather sad to say.
Tortoise was very timid, yet always tried his best
And even though he worked so hard, came far behind the rest.
In spite of this he'd loads of friends, was always full of fun.
He never said a hurtful word - was kind to everyone.
When Sports Day came a race began, they all stood on the line
The rain poured down, 'twas very cold and hare began to whine.
Tortoise, though, said nothing; as usual he tried and tried.
Soon he reached the winning post, Hare's victory he denied.
At last someone had beaten Hare, Tortoise hadn't wasted time.
Hare, so busy moaning, hadn't seen him cross the line!
Tortoise was a hero and he at last was praised.
While Hare, who'd lost the race, was totally amazed!
Tortoise, ever thoughtful, felt sorry for the Hare
And held out a hand forgivingly, his friendship to declare.
Hare now understood, he wouldn't get the praise
And Tortoise had revealed to him the error of his ways.
Tortoise had learned that plodding on would help to see him through
So we should learn to do our best in all we say and do.
- What were the main differences between Hare and Tortoise?
- How was Tortoise able to win the race?
- What lessons did they both learn?
- Have the children heard the phrase, 'If at first you don't succeed try, try again'?
- Time for reflection:
- Think about a time when you have made a mistake. This could be at school or at home.
Think through or discuss the following important points:
- When we realise that we have made a mistake, it is important not to repeat the same mistake again because it can become a bad habit.
- It is always best to say sorry and sort out a mistake straightaway.
- If somebody apologizes to us for making a mistake, it’s always best to accept their apology and move on in a positive way.
- Anybody can make a mistake!
- Christians believe that it is important to admit our mistakes to God. They believe that when we get things wrong, we can say sorry and God will always forgive us. This means that we can have a fresh start and learn from our mistakes in the hope that we can avoid repeating them.
Let us pray
Please be with us in times of weakness.
Give us the strength to overcome our difficulties.
Teach us to keep going when things are hard for us.
Help us not to take our gifts and talents for granted.
Our favourite school song is all about perseverance, please sing along-