Mission Week 2018 brings hope to students

9th March 2018
Mission Week 2018Mission complete! We have had a fantastic Mission Week this week focussing on Hope. Hope can be such an abstract concept and so throughout the week our students have been introduced to different ideas and definitions for it. We hope that throughout this week everyone will have had an opportunity to think about what hope drives them to keep going.

They have been singing along with international musician Philippa Hanna and hearing how she overcame crippling anxiety as a teenager to get to where she is now. Philippa also ran some smaller workshops around song writing with some of our music students; it was amazing to see the imagination of our students being channelled in such an expressive way.

For the rest of the week we had youth teams from Heart church, Trent vineyard church and our very own chaplaincy team running sessions with year 7 to year 9 students about hope. These sessions saw our students grapple with what they hope for and how we can reach out to others who might feel hopeless and give them hope.

Alongside all of these activities there were home groups choosing random acts of kindness that they could do at the academy or at home to bring others hope. Lunch-time activities included picking up litter round the academy site, drop-in sessions where they could come and ask questions they struggle with about Christianity, and write their hopes on colourful prayer boards which will be used to create a sculpture that will go up in the academy once complete.

There has been a real buzz around National all week and we hope it will continue for the next few weeks.