As children leave one phase of primary education to move onto another it is helpful to enable them the reflect on their time at the school they are leaving and to look forward to their new school. This could be the move from infant to junior school or primary to secondary school.
These activities have been created to give the children the opportunity to look back over their time at the school and celebrate the relationships and good things; also deal with any disappointments, hurts or regrets. Finally there is the opportunity to look forward to the next stage and put that into God's hands.
Parishes could host these in the school or in the local church. The thoughts can be gathered together in a very simple service or assembly at the end. Some schools pass a candle from the oldest child that is leaving to a child in the next year down as a symbol of passing on the light of God's love and the responsibility of being the eldest year group in the school.
The resources that you will need for these reflective prayer activities are below.
Contact Jane Whittington if you'd like any further information.