Our Year of Hope and Aspiration 2017-18
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
‘Once you choose hope anything is possible.’ – Christopher Reeve
It has become part of life at Packington that we dedicate each year to a specific Christian value. This year we have decided that the academic year 2017-18 will be Our Year of Hope and Aspiration. We do think long and hard about the different themes we select, and this year, after recent events in the news, we felt it important that we encourage our pupils to be hopeful and have the aspiration to make the world a better place to live, both for themselves and others.
Furthermore, it is the school’s Christian vision that ‘everyone flourishes’ at Packington so that,
‘When children leave us they are compassionate, self-confident with a love of life and learning.’
and that they are
‘the best we can be.’
We base this vision on the Bible verse from John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” For it is the flourishing in the grace of God that will enable our children to be wise, hopeful, live well together with dignity and respect in God’s world.
Hope and aspiration therefore seem an ideal choice to help us fulfil our vision.
So what will we do? Well over the year the pupils will:
- Think about what it means to be hopeful
- Think about what hope means to Christians
- Set personal targets and consider our own personal hopes, dreams and aspirations
- Consider what we want for the future
- Consider how we can make the world a better place
- Consider how we can give hope to others
Pupils will be introduced to a new PSHE assessment system that will help them identify and work on what they need to do to become better learners and have a growth mindset. The system will encourage pupils to become independent enquirers, reflective learners, creative thinkers, self- managers and team workers.
Indeed, already the pupils have worked in their friendship groups to help the school identify the four learning characteristics that the whole school will focus on during the Autumn term. These are:
Resilience Friendship Listening Co-operation (KS2 only)
It is admirable that our children understand that being resilient will help them overcome and work through difficulties and tricky situations and help them get on in life. Life is a complex journey and isn’t always easy. Sometimes we just have to get on, stick at things or do things that we might not like or enjoy, so the more resilient we are, the better we cope when things don’t go as expected.
This year we will launch Our Year of Hope with a Macmillian Coffee morning for parents and people in our local community. The event will be organised and run by pupils and will raise funds to give others hope. We would also like to dedicate the event to the memory of Mrs Swindells who had such a positive impact at Packington.
As always we introduced our year at a special assembly for pupils and parents. A presentation from this session can be accessed on the school website.
We also asked parents and pupils to contribute their own ideas to what should be included in Our Year of Hope. We have had lots of different ideas including ‘writing to your 30-year self about what you’d like to be doing’, learning to ‘accept difference’, encouraging pupils ‘who don’t believe they are good at some activities’ to take part and believe they are sporty or creative etc., getting involved in fundraising to help others and producing art work on the theme of hope to name but a few. If you have any ideas do let the school know. We want everybody to feel they are involved in our special year.