Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

"Go and Do the Same Yourself"

We celebrated Pope Francis' Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy by dedicating our 8 hour school day to God on Tuesday. We set aside time for each class to go and visit the space we had prepared in the Old Chapel to take time out of our busy, hectic schedules to stop and think, and enjoy some moments of blessed peace and calm. We opened our doors to parents in the morning at drop-off if they felt they could spare the time to sit and reflect and be thankful, and this was followed by the girls and staff on a rolling programme throughout the day which Mrs Whitfield had co-ordinated. Our special space to pray had been arranged around four stations, or tables, containing objects and a focus from the parable of The Good Samaritan. There were bandages, oil, silver coins and scrolls which enabled us to consider their literal meaning in the Bible story, as well as the wider intention in our lives - helping others, doing charitable acts, supporting those in need and most importantly, continuing to show God's Mercy in our actions towards others - being a 'good Samaritan'.

We intend to hold onto the theme of the Good Samaritan for the month of November, right up to Advent. The girls have been invited to take an empty scroll and record on it an act of mercy between now and then. The message, "Go and do the same yourself" is a key one to our happiness in school as a busy working and playing community - we need to take time for each other and put others first.