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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

In the community

We are proud of the work we do to build positive relationships with our local community. Links with our local community help us to build relationships with groups and individuals who will provide positive experiences for our students to "Go and Do Likewise". 

WHAT'S ON IN THE COMMUNITY?

Alpha Course starting online on Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 8pm...

Q: Has lockdown helped you reassess what’s important in life or helped you refocus?

Q: Have the restrictions we’ve all been under given you the space to wonder about some of life’s big questions?

Or

Q: Has this period come with some of the darkest months and made you wonder what’s the point of it all?

However you might answer those questions, we would love you to join us for our brand new alpha course on zoom starting after Easter 2021. It will be a safe space where these questions and more will be explored.

The Alpha course is an amazing and relaxed way to ask questions, share your thoughts and learn new things in a non judgemental and non threatening environment. The alpha course is designed for people of no faith, some faith or those just asking questions.

“Alpha was the best thing I ever did. It helped answer some huge questions and to find a simple empowering faith in my life” - Bear Grylls

The course will run for 12 weeks on Thursday evenings at 8pm for an hour. It starts on Thursday 22nd April. The videos are only 20 minutes long and we stop for questions throughout.

You can come along for the first week to try it out. If it's not your thing then there is no expectation to return. If it does float your boat, then stick around for the course. No judgement either way.

For zoom details, or to have a chat about coming along, do email the church office on office@sonningparish.org.uk

Many thanks and we look forward to what we might discover together.

Alpha Team

 

THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT

On Friday 5th April last year, we were privileged to borrow The Forgiveness Project Exhibition from a local Church who were hosting the project for two weeks, and use during our normal RE lessons.

The ‘F Word Exhibition’ is a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives that explore the theme of forgiveness across all nationalities, ages and races. The themes raised in the stories connected with topics that we study in KS3 and GCSE RE, and so we took the opportunity to host the exhibition for one day.

We refashioned the drama area and an RE classroom as exhibition rooms, with over 20 stories laid out for the students to read and reflect on.

  

Pupils walked around in pairs and reflected on the stories in conversation, through a personal response worksheet and through reflective art. The stories led to challenging conversations, and encouraged the pupils to think about how they might respond differently when faced with hate, bitterness or resentment in their own lives. 

All the students who had the chance to journey through the exhibition really valued the stories, and some wrote positive postcards back to The Forgiveness Project organisation. One student commented “I was very shocked by the Story of Hannebe Coats but I found her story of forgiveness very inspirational”.

With the success of this taster session, we hope that we can use The Forgiveness Project in more detail and with more students next year.

Mr T Stone

Teacher of RE