We live in an increasingly busy and demanding world. Nearly everywhere we go we are bombarded by noise. When we do encounter the opportunity for quiet we often find it challenging, or uncomfortable. Sometimes we overlook the benefits of quietness. When God met Elijah, he did not speak through the strong wind, the earthquake or the fire, but in the gentle breeze (1 Kings 19 1-13). Jesus showed us the importance of retreating from the busyness of the world. In Mark 1:35, we read about Jesus getting up early in the morning and going to find a place where he could pray alone. Perhaps helping our children to meet with God in silence may be one of the most enduring gifts we can give them.
Each classroom has a Christian Reflection Area which is changed and added to regularly, for example, following whole school Collective Worship or other odd times in the day when incidents and discussions have linked to the current Value or Reflection Question. They are a place where the children can come and ponder, reflect and pray. The areas have a key Bible verse and cross as their focal point, and they often include other artefacts, pictures and verses to engage the children in thought and prayer. They usually follow the same theme as the Collective Worship to enable the children to deepen their understanding and thoughts behind each Christian message.