In case you missed it, here is a message that went out on My Child at School
You will have seen the news regarding George Floyd and the subsequent actions. We want to support this conversation in your homes and are sharing this explanation you can use with your children, as well as a bible story that may help with explaining the matter of equality.
You will have seen in the news, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after white police officer Derek Chauvin caused his death by using excessive force to detain him – he was treated differently because of the colour of his skin. As young people you may find it strange to think someone could behave this way. But, sadly there is inequality. You may have heard of the revolutionary work of Martin Luther King and the bravery shown by Rosa Parks. However, these are not stand alone efforts and they could not ‘fix’ the issue. Still to this day there are many occasions where black people have been treated differently because of the colour of their skin – this is racism.
Treating people differently because of who they are or how they look is prejudice. Prejudice is where you ‘pre-judge’ someone and this will influence how you treat them or talk to them.
You will have seen many people taking part in peaceful protests to change this; you may have seen signs saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ and this is because right now, we know all lives matter, but it needs to be addressed by everyone that black lives matter and we need equality. We must ensure we show this in our daily actions, the way we speak, treat and act to one another. Now is the time to unite and to show love. It is the time to speak out and show the world that we know black lives matter.
Here is the story of Jonah that you may wish to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7i9sFx2MjI
This story talks about broken love and this is not what God wants. God wants people to show his love to everyone. Sometimes it can be really difficult to know what to say, what to do about it and how to help. The story of Jonah can help us to think about the broken love in the world right now.
Jonah chose to run away because he was scared but God looked after him and helped him. We don’t have to run away or hide from anything because God will look after us. Let’s be brave like Jonah was at the end of the story.
Miss J.D. Hives
DRET’s Got Musical Talent
The DRET Music primary Team recently hosted a DRET’s Got Musical Talent’ competition through the DRET Music Google Classrooms. All children across the Trust have access to these classrooms in which the Team put regular activities suitable for different ages. The aim is to give parents and teachers a break in the day; something children can get on with themselves and develop their musical skills and knowledge.
We are delighted to say that Max Davey from Year 1 at MAPS won, stunning the Music Team with his fabulous piano playing. The Music Team also say that Max’s performances have had more comments from other children than anything else in the Classrooms, mostly along the lines of “wowwwwwww!!”, with recognition that Max’s playing is musical and that he must have put some effort in.
14 other children from schools across the Trust received ‘Highly Commended’ for their singing and playing of different instruments and the Music Team enjoyed listening to them and all the other entrants. Keep up the great work everyone – every minute spent practising a musical skill is time well spent.
We hope that Max will be an inspiration to others to give something new a try... there are ideas in the DRET Music Google Classrooms and the DRET Music Team are always happy to help.
Many children have left their PE kits in school, if you see your child’s kit, please call the office and describe the kit to us so we can find it, once found we will call you and tell you to come to the drop off gates and call us when you are here so we can give it to you
Any kit that is not collected by Friday 26th June will be donated to the Air Ambulance