This year our double class is entering the Doodle for Google Competition! This where we could be the possible winner of a new design to be shown on Google.
How it works
Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inner strength means to you.
This year’s theme is:
I am strong because…
Strength isn’t only about how fast you can run or how many pushups you can do – it’s also about the strength inside of you.How do you rise above troubles and keep moving forward in tough times? When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?
Our theme this year invites you to tell us what makes you uniquely strong, take a look at some of our entries…
This week we have been looking at the Gospel reading from Ash Wednesday according to Matthew. We have read the Gospel and have spent time trying to understand the meaning behind this reading. Students were given the opportunity to choose a small part from this reading and translate it so that younger children can understand it.
Did you know that Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Catholics went to confession and were “shriven” (release people from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell”.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year.
Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.
During the 40 days of Lent, believers give up luxury food in the name of Jesus. This is because after being baptised, Jesus spent 40 days and nights fasting in the desert. Here he was tempted by the devil, and Catholics try to resist their own temptation to honour this.
Traditionally, Pancake Day was a way to get rid of fatty and sweet ingredients the night before Lent.
Many people still fast, partially-fast or give up one thing throughout the period.
Shrove Tuesday is a good time reflect on how you want to go forward for the rest of the year. We did this as a class;
What do you want to improve on?
How can you help others?
Can you give back to the community?
As we reflected on these ideas individually, we shared in our own delicious pancakes!
On Friday we celebrated Chinese and Vietnamese New Year through our class assembly.
We showed incredible bravery, courage, enthusiasm and zest throughout. For some of us it was our first time having a reading part on stage and for others it was a special opportunity to be involved in various dances.
We were so grateful to Miss Hong who helped us prepare for the special presentation and to Mr Snell who helped film it so we could share it with you all online 🙂 Enjoy!
Although short in length, our first week together was not lacking zest, fun, learning and relationship building! From creating shared expectations for our class, writing letters to our teachers, creating our own gratitude journals to competing in a rock-paper-scissors dual – week 1 had it all!