One Body

Dear OFS Community,

On Monday, I wanted to start the week talking about the ‘body’ but in several guises. I am feeling a growing disconnect in these challenging times and reaching out in an assembly through screens again amplifies this sensation. The following reading popped up in my weekly read that shaped this message:

There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

I asked pupils to share their thoughts on the following 2 screens:

Heart, brain, bones, lungs, skin, fingers and soul were the replies from classrooms - I liked the 'soul' from Mr Donohoe's classroom!

Surgeon, parent, teacher, doctor, friend, Police Officer, entrepreneur, scientist, prime minister / president, nurse, good person and learner were the replies – clearly the school had a broader view on this question and hats off to Miss Addinall's group who came up with 'good person' as a job!

However, let’s return to Jesus and his words:

The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

It’s amazing that less than 2 years ago, we stood on doorsteps clapping and crashing pots and pans for nurses and doctors as we realised the need in our ‘body’ for their expertise. Those claps were then extended to all keyworkers who were providing needed life support.

Roll forward 2 years and it’s saddening to read about the behaviour that we are seeing at petrol pumps – I thought one of the rather special parts of being British, was our ability to queue!

However, the lesson that I took from a simple reading that appeared in a timely way for me, is that we remain one body…

In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honoured, every part shares in its joy.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

For our bodies to grow and remain healthy, we need to value, care for, and nourish all parts – a side note was a reminder to eat your greens for the more literal participants! However, for our wider body, we need to value every part, all professions, all contributors as without the truck drivers, we quickly find ourselves lost!

I closed with words from Mark Twain:

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and, the day you find out why.

I hope that every member of this wonderful community realises what we bring to it and all of us would be weaker, less colourful and less able without the daily contributions from everyone!

U10 Hockey

Well done to our Yr5 girls, all of whom represented Orley Farm as we hosted three matches against Beechwood Park. There was some fantastic, free-flowing hockey and I would say that Orley appeared to play the better hockey as the matches went on - we certainly made the ball do the work and stuck to our positions - well done girls!

U11 Football Tournament

Well done to our U11 team who gave their all last Saturday as we hosted our U11 tournament. It was played in the most remarkable spirit, competitive but with moments of genuine sportsmanship - I only wish that more premiership players could see how it should be done!

Ooo la la...

Wednesday was French Day and there was a riot of colour, berets, baguettes and the odd clove of garlic adorning staff and pupils! I’ve always wondered whether French pupils have an equivalent ‘English Day’ and how they would choose to cast us. Would there be bowler hats, cups of tea and fish’n’chips?

Well done to the senior pupils who took part in the French Spelling Bee…very tense and our first big points of the year going towards the House Competition – well done Julians!

A huge thank you to the French department for sharing a little 'joie de vie' that saw the risk takers trying snails at lunchtime along with some lovely cheeses!

Let us continue to live as one body, celebrating and sharing in success as well as owning and healing our suffering.

Tim Calvey