As you will be aware Nathan Wilson has left us at the end of the summer term after over 4 successful years in post.
We are advertising for a new schools worker for Homewood. Please pray for the trustees as they make this appointment, for a good field of applicants, and for the right person to apply and be appointed.
Thank you for continuing to join with us in prayer
- For Nathan and Mark, as well as other church leaders, as they lead transition workshops in primary schools.
- For Homewood School’s transition week from 4th-8th July
- For Year 6 students moving up to Homewood
- For Students now eagerly waiting Exam results
- For staff at Homewood, The Marsh Academy, and local primary schools who are working hard to get to the end of term
- For staff moving on in the summer, that they would enjoy a good send off and an opportunity to celebrate with colleagues
- For students preparing for summer break. Keep them safe in their fun times. And for those who may not be looking forward to the break pray for peace
We all go through times of transition in our lives. Some of us deal with it well, others not so. But what is certain is that we will all face Changes, Challenges and Choices in these transitions.
This is the theme of the transition sessions that we will be running in primary schools around Tenterden over the coming weeks. The move to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for young people, but with the support of the school they are heading to as well as the school from which they come most students make a settled start.
The workshops we run encourage students, whatever school they are heading to, to step back and think through the move they are about to make, giving them time to reflect on those things they are going to miss, the things they are looking forward to and those that they are nervous about. Please pray for us as we head into a wide variety of primary schools over the coming weeks, and for the students who are moving to have fear alleviated and hope restored.
Thank you to those of you who continue to pray for the project in Homewood, as well as the developing projects in The Marsh Academy and the Tenterden primary schools.
Below are some pointers for prayer:
- For all students currently taking public exams, GCSE’s or A-Levels
- For students moving onto college or University or indeed staying at Homewood’s sixth form in September
- For yr6’s preparing for their move to secondary school and for the school staff as we meet them this term and prepare for their arrival
- For Nathan and Mark as they lead transition workshops, Assemblies, and leavers services in primary schools around Tenterden
- For Christian Young People going to camps, residentials and festivals this summer
- For young people who will not have a happy summer through trouble and unsettlement at home, worries and fears about the future, and trouble in their personal lives
- For Nathan as he moves on from the TSCWT in the summer, and for the Trustees as they seek to recruit someone to fill his post at Homewood
- For staff at Homewood who have completed terms of study with students and are now eagerly and nervously awaiting results.
- For the team currently in the fundraising period for the Marsh Academy project. May ears be opened to this new idea and people respond generously
It can be difficult to know what to pray for sometimes.
However when we get to exam season the needs become more obvious. I invite you to join with the Trust and other Christians around Tenterden, praying for all and every young person taking public examinations over the next 6 weeks. Pray for calm and clarity in their minds and peace in their hearts. Pray for productive study sessions and teachers to feel satisfied. But most of all pray for the students to do their best and put all that they have learnt over the past 1,2 or 3 years into practice by showing what they can do in each exam.
We’re really looking forward to our AGM this year, happening in St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden on 13th March at 6pm. Last year I ended my presentation with this slide
And this year has been really exciting! So please join us to celebrate whats happened this year, to give thanks to God for his provision and to look forward excitedly to how he will continue to lead us this year.
The Poster can be dowloaded here Ourhope annual meeting 2016
After an exciting meeting on Sunday 7th February about the Marsh Academy, a project management group is being put together to work on finding additional funding and getting the project to its starting point.
Additional information on the project can be found hereMarsh Academy info leaflet Feb 16
On the second Thursday of each month a small group of supporters of the trust meet to pray for the needs of Homewood School, its staff, students and community.
You would be very welcome to join us, contact Nathan for more information
We are really excited to have received funding towards a new post at The Marsh Academy in New Romney. Therefore we would like to invite you to an Information, Prayer and Funding evening at St Nicholas Church, New Romney on Sunday 7th February 2016.
The poster is below and a pdf version can be downloaded. For more information please contact Nathan Wilson
Marsh Academy event 7th Feb 16
This week so much has happened at school that its good to stand back and take stock.
On Monday we had the whole of yr7 in St Mildred’s church for Christingle. Some of the pictures can be seen on twitter. This is one of my favourite bits of the job. We get to re-tell the Christmas story in what I hope is an exciting manner, to a group of eager and excitable yr7’s, some of whom have bought their Christingles with them, others who are sceptical about the whole affair. But all of whom were in new surroundings at St Mildred’s.
Tuesday saw the completion of our first Take Up The Challenge programme of this year. This is a programme which helps young people with their confidence and self esteem and runs for 5 weeks, culminating in a morning of magic workshops, competitions and the giving of certificates by Mrs Lees, our Principal. All the students who participated this time were amazing to work with and we, as staff, saw them grow and develop so much.
In the evening we had our annual carol concert during which the choir performed so elegantly a selection of traditional and contemporary, spiritual and secular music in the beautiful space that is St Mildreds.
My study day- Wednesday, was spent recovering and prepping for the next 2 days!
Thursday bought the Fire Service’s annual visit to yr11 to talk about Road Safety which left a somber atmosphere and effected staff and students alike.
Today was the end of term, and our weekly boys group which meets every Friday morning had their annual party and film with some delicious food bought in by all. Then this afternoon we held the annual Christmas Assemblies for which the sports hall is turned into a concert venue with stage, sound system and lighting and students from all years get up to perform. The atmosphere was incredible.
And with that another term was over. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.