Thursday, 7 December 2017

Creating a RAP for your school



Does your school have a RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan)? Why not? A RAP is a formal statement of your school's commitment to reconciliation. Why not start work on your school's RAP in 2018?

If you are looking for information and resources to do this look no further than Narragunnawali. They have a platform to help you develop a RAP in your school. The also have resources for professional learning and curriculum. 



Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Christmas Story - Movie Version


This animated version of the Christmas story might be useful as we get into the last few weeks of school and a little bit closer to Christmas.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Monster Ad


John Lewis, a department store does a Christmas commercial every year. They are not specifically Christian but some are really quite beautiful.







Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Trek into Spiritual Development



We are excited to announce that we have just published TREK - a Spiritual Formation Programme for Staff in Anglican Schools.

TREK is open to all people. It is firmly embedded in the Christian faith and is shaped by it. It focuses on the development of personal spirituality within a community and encourages participants to practice spiritually constructive action in the school.
The program is sensitive to the various spiritual starting places of school staff including the deeply spiritual, the curious but cautious seeker, the agnostic, the committed Anglican and those of other denominations and traditions.
There are four parts to the program each with a different theme: journey, growth, community and habit. Each part has five sessions. TREK is designed with a group journey in mind and can be completed over the course of a year meeting together every two weeks during term time or by meeting  more regularly.

Check it out here.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Illustrated Gospel Project



The Illustrated Gospel Project brings together scripture, art and poetry in an attempt to ground the Gospel in people's own context. 

Malcolm Gordon says of the Project:

This idea of ‘bringing home’ the Gospel stayed with me. Here in Aotearoa we often end up importing our worship songs and ideas about the Bible from bigger places, as if we have swallowed the assumption that bigger is always better. But isn’t God here? Isn’t God with us too?! Over the last two years a scattered community of wordsmiths, artists and musicians has formed as we began this work based on the simple conviction that these ancient stories are playing out on our streets as the Risen Christ walks and works in our midst.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Leadership of Character Education



The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership has just released a report titled: Leadership of Character Education - Developing Virtues and Celebrating Human Flourishing in Schools.

CEFEL says the report offers:

This report offers:

  • a clear definition of what we mean by character education
  • theological reflection on the Christian inspiration for the leadership of character education, in the context of a range of other starting points, including virtue ethics;
  • consideration of the importance of leadership virtues lived out in action amongst staff and their impact on the effectiveness of character education;
  • analysis and application of a range of leadership models to support leaders in developing and embedding their approach;
  • provision of a suite of practical resources to empower school leaders in using the Church of England’s Vision for Education, Deeply Christian Serving the Common Good to inform and underpin their approach.



Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A Christmas Poem


This little nativity video, produced by the Bible Society, is for the very young students.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Awesome Advent Videos



Here are some more Advent and Christmas videos. Don't forget if you have a video to share link it in the comments section.

The Nativity Factor has produced some amazing videos over the years. Here is one from last year that captures the gritty reality of the nativity.


This is another great one from St Paul's Media and Arts


This is a more traditional depiction of the nativity that might be suitable for liturgy.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Prayers for Advent


Here are some links that provide prayers for Advent that might be useful in putting together chapel services.

The Community of Aidan and Hilda in Australia have this beautiful litany.

FaithandWorship.com also have a range of Advent Prayers

The Rev'd Bosco Peters from New Zealand has some beautiful Advent wreath prayers.

And of course textweek.com has a ton of Advent resources.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Advent and Christmas Videos






It is that time of year again when I begin to post Advent and Christmas videos for those putting together their Term 4 chapels.  If you have any great videos put a link in the comments section.

There are five of these powerful videos at the Shift Worship YouTube channel. 


There are also some other beautiful Advent videos at Shift like this one:



St Paul's Arts and Media has made some great films with children and young people. See the one below.



This animated video created by the Bible Society is suitable for younger students.


More to come in following days.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Preparing for Advent Chapel?


As Term 3 wraps up chaplains might be putting their minds to Term 4 chapels and the seasons of advent and Christmas. Over the next few weeks there will be a focus on resources for this.

To begin here are some quick links that provide prayers for Advent that might be useful in putting together chapel services.

The Community of Aidan and Hilda in Australia have this beautiful litany.

FaithandWorship.com also have a range of Advent Prayers

The Rev'd Bosco Peters from New Zealand has some beautiful Advent wreath prayers.

And of course textweek.com has a ton of Advent resources.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Religious Short Film Prize


Applications are now open for the Religious Short Film Prize run by the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. The prize is $5000.

This is a great opportunity for Christian schools to encourage their media students to show case their skills and at the same time explore religion and spirituality.

See last years winning entry below


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools


Looking for curriculum or other resources to promote reconciliation in your school? Look no further than Narragunnawali

“Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning supports schools and early learning services across Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.”
There are curriculum resources for Primary and Secondary schools that fit within a range of subject areas. "Each resource encompasses elements of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum, and aligns with Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Actions."

There are also resources for Professional Learning.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Christian Values in Schools


The National Society which is responsible for resourcing and supporting Church of England and Church of Wales schools identified 15 values they see as important in Christian education. Their Christian Values for Schools website outlines these values and provides a range of resources for exploring them in schools.

Each value is outlined and has a theological background with Biblical references to support its meaning. Their are accompanying questions, cameos and videos to further assist those wishing to instil the value in the areas of ethos, worship, curriculum and leadership.''

In the resources section there are training units to help school introduce the values and implement them in their context.These includes notes and well made powerpoint presentations.

Although this material all comes from a British perspective much of it could very easily be adapted and used for not only Anglican schools but Christian schools in Australia.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Prayer Spaces in Schools Australian Tour


If you haven't heard of Prayer Spaces in Schools, now is the time to find out! One great place to start is the Prayer Spaces in School website or you could check out the video in the bottom of this post. The most important thing to know is that Phil Togwell from Prayer Spaces in Schools (UK) is coming to Australia in August. Find out more about the tour here.




Brisbane - Wed 9th August - St John's Anglican College

Canberra - Mon 14th August - Radford College

Sydney - Tuesday 15th August - Ravenswood School for Girls

Adelaide - 
Thursday 17th August - St Peter's College

Melbourne - Friday 18th August - Caulfield Grammar School

(Cost $80 - includes morning tea and lunch)

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If you want to find out how amazing Prayer Spaces are and learn how you might use them in your school come and join in. The tour is being organised by the Anglican Schools Commission in Southern Queensland but all are welcome.



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Intentional Faith Communities in Church Schools


Intentional Faith Communities in Catholic Education by Gerald A. Arbuckle is well worth reading if you are working in any denominational school. 

Using the tools of a cultural anthropologist Arbuckle "describes the nature of intentional faith-based communities in education and how they can be sustained". His description of the existing culture in Catholic schools is insightful and would equally apply to Anglican schools.

Arbuckle says: Given the contemporary external and internal factors impacting on Catholic school communities...we can no longer assume that the average school is necessarily a vibrant faith community founded  on Jesus Christ. Nor can we assume that educators who are nominally Catholic, non-Catholic or non-Christian are committed to building a faith community in schools.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Partnerships aren't built on pity


This video and the accompanying webpage from Bond University is challenging the pity approach that is often used in engaging with people in developing nations.

What messages does your school communicate to students about developing nations and the people that live within in? Even the idea of service trips communicates a particular idea about the capabilities of people overseas.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Engage Worship

Engage Worship is a great site for resources for worship and prayer. The worship ideas section is particularly useful. It has prayers, dramatic activities and all kinds of creative ways to engage people with prayer and worship. There are also videos...like the one below.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Faith and Belief in Australia


What do Australian's really believe? What do they think about Christianity and Christians? How open are Australian's to changing their views.

All this and more can be found in the latest McCrindle Research publication Faith and Belief in Australia

This is essential reading for anyone working in the mission space of the school.

One of the great bits of the report is the answers to the question: How would you describe the Christians you know? The top five are very positive. What do you think might be high up on the list?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Prayer in the Classroom


Looking for prayer resources for your school. Brisbane Catholic Education has an excellent Daily Prayer Calendar developed for their schools. 

Apart from the amazing creativity of some of the suggestions, one of the really great things about this calendar is that it provides prayers for days such as Sorry Day and International Children's Day. It also reflects the seasons of the church's calendar.

You should just go there now. Here is the link again.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Take the next steps in reconciliation: NRW 2017


2017 is a significant year in Australian reconciliation history. It marks 50 years since the 1967 Referendum and 25 years since the Mabo Decision. Reconciliation Week starts each year on the anniversary of the first event (27 May) and finishes on the anniversary of the second (3 June).

The theme for 2017 is: Let's take the next steps.

So here's the big question: How is your school participating and marking this important week in our national calendar?

There are a heap of resources at Reconciliation Australia including teaching and learning ideas.

Reconciliation Australia's YouTube channel has some wonderful videos of exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There are edits for both Primary and Secondary. These are a great way of sharing the stories of young ATSI people with your students.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Trends in Youth Culture




Information on current trends in youth culture is always valuable for chaplains. The Youtube clips in this playlist provides some useful insights. Here is one of the short clips below.



The Youth Culture Report is also a valuable source of information.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Prayer Spaces in Schools Australian Tour


If you haven't heard of Prayer Spaces in Schools, now is the time to find out! One great place to start is the Prayer Spaces in School website or you could check out the video in the bottom of this post. The most important thing to know is that Phil Togwell from Prayer Spaces in Schools (UK) is coming to Australia in August. Find out more about the tour here.




Brisbane - Wed 9th August - St John's Anglican College

Canberra - Mon 14th August - Radford College

Sydney - Tuesday 15th August - Ravenswood School for Girls

Adelaide - 
Thursday 17th August - St Peter's College

Melbourne - Friday 18th August - Caulfield Grammar School

(Cost $80 - includes morning tea and lunch)

REGISTER

If you want to find out how amazing Prayer Spaces are and learn how you might use them in your school come and join in. The tour is being organised by the Anglican Schools Commission in Southern Queensland but all are welcome.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Super Cool Story of Jesus


Easter isn't over and school is back! 

Time to follow up the story of Jesus with lower primary students. This short video from the Bible Society UK might help you do it.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Prayer Resources on the Web


No doubt there are a million prayer resources on the internet. I thought I would mention a few that I like or find interesting.

The other day I stumbled upon a site called The Dear God ProjectAnyone can post a prayer on the site. While it doesn't seem to be a particularly popular site and its Facebook page only has a few thousand likes I find the idea intriguing.  I also liked the way they have laid out of the prayers with a picture. Some of the prayers are particularly sad - about loneliness, divorce and other hurts.


Operation World is a well known prayer resource from an evangelical perspective.It has a focus on praying for the world. It has information about specific countries and a list of different prayer needs for that country. They also have prayer calendars and resources to help organise those who want to pray in a more systematic way.


The Anglican Board of Mission Australia has its own prayer resources in the form of a Prayer Diary. It is specifically a resource for prayer focussed on mission and for those who work in partnership with ABM throughout the Anglican Communion.


Finally the Church of England has a whole lot of prayer resources on their website. I particularly like their Topical Prayers section that has lots of prayer for things happening in the world right now. 





Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Church tells school children "ewe matter"


We are living in a period of history in which more generations are alive together than at any previous period, but those generations are more disconnected from one another than ever before.

For this reason Anglican Schools and Anglican Churches have an amazing opportunity. On the one side and abundance of young people and on the other an over supply of older people. Inter-generational engagement is one way to bring the two groups together to learn from one another. Below is the way some Dioceses in England are approaching this task. I wonder what Australian schools could do?

"Life-size fibreglass sheep have arrived at schools across the Diocese of Winchester as part of ‘Ewe Matter’, a new inter-generational initiative across Hampshire and Dorset’s church schools that aims to foster closer links between schools and the parishes in which they sit."

"As part of the project, worshippers from local parishes, particularly from older generations, will come into schools to lead assemblies, read with pupils, help them in the classroom and share their skills and experience. The project aims to help students to think positively about their self-worth as well as the value of the skills and experience of people from other generations."



Thursday, 30 March 2017

Do Australians Pray


I can't get enough of statistics.The NCLS have released some of the research conducted in December about faith in Australia. A summary and discussion of some of the findings can be found in the latest edition of Eternity and at their website.

There are lots of interesting findings including:
  • 11% of Australians go to church at least weekly.
  • 61% say spirituality is either of little importance or not important at all.
  • 28% say they have had a mystical or supernatural experience.
Find out more here.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Life of Jesus


The Life of Jesus YouTube Channel has cinematic depictions of the Gospel of John. These could be useful in chapel for presenting a Gospel reading. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Thy Kingdom Come



Thy Kingdom Come is a prayer campaign initiated by the Archbishop's of Canterbury and York in 2016. The website has links to all kinds of prayer resources worth exploring. There is also a great little video below from Justin Welby.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Unlocking Gifts

The latest publication from the Church of England's National Society is called Unlocking Gifts. It tells the story of a number of projects that were run across the country with grant money. The intention behind the grant money and projects was on making a difference for the most disadvantaged students in their communities.

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway says in the report:

"The gospel message calls us all to a life of service, particularly to the poor and disadvantaged, and we are passionate about the role our schools can and must play in this. Unlocking Gifts is an outworking of that passion."

There are some great ideas, insights and research in this report.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Doing Justice



Doing Justice is a space hosted by the Social Responsibilities Committee of the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland.There are some great stories like the one below on of our schools.



And there are resources and ideas on a whole number of issues such as climate change, asylum seekers and reconciliation. I love the Carbon Fast Calendar for Lent. Check it out.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Ash Wednesday Declaration


 What does Lent have to do with the environment?

The Season of Lent offers opportunities to reflect on our values and lifestyle in a wholistic way. One aspect is how we appreciate all that God has made and recognise the interdependence of all created things. We now know global warming is caused by human action, our modern want, and our addiction to consumption. As individuals and faith communities we need to stop, reflect, and be prepared to change our ways, not just in the way of “giving something up for Lent” but with the serious intent of making a lasting change.

Operation Noah's Ash Wednesday Declaration has some powerful things to say to us this Lent.

The Ash Wednesday Declaration 
Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church

"The likelihood of runaway global warming, which will diminish food security, accelerate the extinction of huge numbers of species and make human life itself impossible in some parts of the world, raises questions that go to the heart of our Christian faith."

"What should our relationship be with God as both the origin and the end of all things? How do we balance our energy and material consumption with the needs of the poorest communities, and of future generations and other species? How do we sustain hope in the midst of fear and denial?"

"How can we encourage global cooperation, challenge unsustainable economic systems and change our lifestyles? These fundamental questions prompt this urgent call to the Church."

Read more

Post provided  by Angligreen in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Australian Reconciliation Barometer


The Australian Reconciliation Barometer "is a biennial, national research study that measures the progress of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians."

Five dimensions are used to measure progress towards reconciliation:
  • Historical acceptance
  • Race relations
  • Institutional integrity
  • Equality and equity
  • Unity
The full report can be found here at the Reconciliation Australia website. The overview document provides a great summary and is beautifully presented. Comparisons are made with the 2014 Barometer.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Lent Videos: A Mixed Bag


Unless you are looking at the Christian digital media companies on-line it can be hard to find good videos for Ash Wednesday and Lent. If you have any you think are great please let me know so I can post them here. Every year I post this brilliant little video which in my mind is pretty perfect.


But what else is there that is this good? Not much it seems. Some I am going to share here may be a bit quirky or unusual. Some are not for worship but are just for inspiration. So here we go.

This video may grate a bit in the Australian context but it is something most high school students could recreate pretty easily, if you have the time.




I like the imagery in this next video and the way it draws together some of the symbols of Ash Wednesday and Lent.



This is one of my favourite videos. It is the Beatitudes sung in orthodox chant. I think it evokes the beauty and mystery and the reflective nature of the season of Lent.



Somehow I found this video while looking for Lent videos. The joy this nun expresses in what is clearly an very alternate life of sacrifice shines through. I think there is a great message here for the season of Lent and for young people. Life and joy isn't found in the glitz and glamour.


This last video, you won't be able to use for worship but I was inspired by Matthew Kelly's passion and desire to have a special Lent and his desire for it to be a time to rediscover Jesus.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Lent Videos


Lent will be upon us soon, so it is time for some Lent videos. Here are two. This first one is quirky and kind of funny.


This is a cute little video. Unfortunately it turns into an ad...but could still be useful.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Angligreen's Top Ten


In Southern Queensland our Archbishop has challenged us this year to 'safeguard the integrity of the environment'. To help do this the Rev'd Miriam Nyrene and Angligreen have developed some amazing resources you can find right here. They are jam packed with lots of brilliant ideas.

On top of that they have also produced a list of the top ten ideas for schools to do in 2017. And here they are:


With Gospel values in mind, and our present ecological context of a changing environment and climate, Angligreen makes the following suggestions to school communities as they strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, contribute towards sustainability, renew life on earth and promote a spirit of hope for the future. 

1. Write a school prayer for the environment

2. Participate in environmental action in the local community e.g. bushland restoration, catchment care, Clean Up Australia Day or Earth Hour

3. Celebrate World Environment Day (5 June), St Francis Day (4 October) or A Season of Creation (September) with a school liturgy

4. Complete a school environmental audit and implement strategies to reduce the school’s environmental footprint 

5. Encourage the reading of scripture through ecological eyes, considering the voice of the earth and how human relationships with the rest of nature are described 

6. Green the school grounds and include habitat for wildlife and an outdoor space for prayer, meditation or worship 

7. Be a voice for the environment at home, in the classroom, across the whole school, through the school newsletter, Facebook page and website, in the local community and in the wider Anglican community 

8. Write an environmental policy for the school or promote an existing policy 

9. Participate in or support a global ecojustice project 

10. Learn about, support and promote the work of Angligreen and other faith based environmental organisations. 

Keep respect for the rest of nature, appreciation of the intricate web of life and awareness of the local and global environment at the heart of all you do as a school community.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Prayers Spaces in Schools Australian Tour


If you haven't heard of Prayer Spaces in Schools, now is the time to find out! One great place to start is the Prayer Spaces in School website or you could check out the video in the bottom of this post. The most important thing to know is that Phil Togwell from Prayer Spaces in Schools (UK) is coming to Australia next year...and he may be visiting a city near you to run a workshop. Find out more about the tour here.

Brisbane - Wed 9th August - St John's Anglican College

Canberra - Mon 14th August - Radford College

Sydney - Tuesday 15th August - Venue TBC

Adelaide - 
Thursday 17th August - St Peter's College

Melbourne - Friday 18th August - Caulfield Grammar School

(Cost $80 - includes morning tea and lunch)

REGISTER

If you want to find out how amazing Prayer Spaces are and learn how you might use them in your school come and join in. The tour is being organised by the Anglican Schools Commission in Southern Queensland but all are welcome.