Jesus said “Love your neighbour”. Moordown St John’s has a long tradition of supporting those in need and our parents and friends give very generously to projects and good causes, showing our love and care for others. Our on-going support of the Kinson Foodbank, recent work with the YMCA and helping Bournemouth’s homeless, our strong identity as a UNICEF rights Respecting School, recent support of The Poppy Appeal and today’s Children in Need also help us to learn that giving makes a difference. Let’s all make a difference!
Monday 13th November – the day Pudsey came to visit Moordown St John’s! Our yellow, fluffy and very friendly visitor arrived into our whole school worship time to much excitement and delight from the children and adults alike! We felt very privileged that Pudsey was with us and luckily he was feeling photogenic with his best smile ready to take lots of ‘Pudstacular’ photos. On the day, Pudsey posed beautifully to have his picture taken with ALL the children (and staff!), he rambled around the playground at lunch time and was very keen to high five and meet all the excited children. He ended his busy day at MSJ with a special visit to all the classes in the afternoon. What a wonderful way to start our week.
All classes were busy learning about Children Need and carried out activities in their lesson time. On Friday 17th, in a swarm of colourful rainbow clothes, a representative from each year group shared their learning with the rest of the school. This was a great opportunity for the chidren to reflect and think carefully about the ways we can support children in need.
Reception Year wrote super thank you letters to Pudsey and will be posting them really soon. Year 1 thought about what Children in Need is and designed posters to show all the super information they have learned. Year 2 did a lesson on feeling included and are designing a poster to help include others, especially at playtime, in our school. Year 3 wrote acrostic poems using the word Pudsey as their inspiration. Year 4 have linked their learning to their RE lessons thinking about how Christians show kindness and support to those children who are in need. Year 5 thought lots about inclusion and ensuring that all children are included no matter what. They wrote some very thoughtful letters to children offering their support and care. Year 6 thought about the similarities and differences of people and how we can support the people around us.
All children have put in lots of effort to show an understanding of the reasons these children need our support and have thought lots about how the money we have raised will provide them with a positive opportunity they otherwise may not have received.
By the end of the week we raised a total of: