The aim of ‘Living Stones’ is:
To provide an opportunity for the whole school to make form time a more valuable and enjoyable experience; through discussion, group activities, projects and whole school projects; such as the SSPP Foodbank, supporting the ToyDrive, CAFOD and projects from our Youth SVP and B-Attitude groups.
Students have the opportunity to develop and explore a range of relevant topics to ensure that they have an ability to become self-aware and further develop their Spiritual self; also an understanding of the Catholic Ethos within the school and wider community.
Each term has a focus, through the year students will learn about
- Rights and Responsibilities
From September 2020 PSHCE and RSHE have also been been entwined with the Living Stones Programme content.
As Well as this from September 2021 Character Education, through the Virtues has been integrated into the Catholic Life Overview, students are given opportunity to make links between the Gospel values and how this links to the Virtues.
The Living Stones Programme is always delivered with Christ at the Centre, through the Gospel values, enhanced and adapted to create a holistic content which is designed to ensure all of our students are given the opportunity to fully explore their spiritual journey and apply it to their lives, whether it be personally or concern for their local community or world issues.
“Every child and every tutor is different, every group different, every family different. As Deming so intimated, variation is everywhere, which is why we should do more to appreciate both its complexities and its management. If we over-organise tutor time into delivering pro-social programs or instruction, which is command and control organisations do, and demand that tutors account for every minute of time, this becomes waste of high order created in the name of order”. (Peter A Barnard)
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.