This week saw the start of Lent in the Christian world. As it was my assembly on Monday, I spoke to the children about what Lent meant to me.
During the assembly we looked at the human side of Jesus. The side that was afraid, uncertain, reluctant to face up to what was going to happen to him if he began the life that had been set out before him. We talked about when he was tested by the Devil and how, despite those human frailties, he went on to overcome the challenges that faced him, coming out successful in the end.
We also looked at a video, What Makes a Hero?, that laid out the common factors in heroic fantasy / fiction. What was amazing was the way that these components could be perfectly matched to the life of Jesus and the elements that made up the Lent and subsequent Easter story. We highlighted the call to adventure, assistance, departure, trials, crisis and treasure.
What was really amazing, was when we were able to apply those same elements to our lives. Those times when we doubt our own ability, or when we feel that the barriers are too difficult to overcome. I asked the children to consider their goals, dreams and aspirations and what hope and lessons we could draw for ourselves from the Easter story.
Now, I appreciate that we serve a multi-cultural, multi-faith community, no doubt from agnostic to a multitude of religions. However, I cannot help but feel that the Easter story has lessons for us all and that same Easter story is reflected in other religious texts and teachings, meaning that there is a core human lesson in all of this regardless of faith.
As a community we all have the same fears, doubts, aspirations and dreams and together we can work them out, helping each one of us to become the best that we can be. That is why returning to our mission statement this week for other reasons has been so pertinent and why I now share it with you as a reminder of why we are here.
“As part of the Sharmans Cross family, everyone is safe, valued and respected in a friendly, supportive and inclusive community so that we can become the best that we can be. We strive for excellence in everything that we do, becoming confident, successful, independent learners for the future who value self, others and community, developing lasting skills suitable for life in the wider world.”
Have a great weekend!