Community Blog: Secondary

life is an adventure...

July 16, 2009 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary,

New clips available on 'Wing Clips' include scenes from the new Pixar movie 'Up'. If you do need new inspiration for an end of year assembly, you could take part of the story from this movie as a theme for talking about unexpected adventures.


Something I find is that children/young people going into the summer holidays are so excited for them to begin, and then for some, after a week or so, they're really bored and are wishing they were back at school again. There's some clips you could use on wingclips from this film, but probably more helpful is looking at the story itself. Here's a quote from Director/Writer Pete Docter:
"We came up with this image of a floating house held aloft by balloons, and it just seemed to capture what we were after in terms of escaping the world. We quickly realised that the world is really about relationships, and that's what Carl comes to discover."

End of term assemblies?

July 15, 2009 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN,

Here's a link to the post I wrote last year at this time. When I'm back from school later I'm planning on updating this for 2009, but I know lots of us are looking for materials for end of term assemblies. Hope it's helpful!

Young people and the media

July 14, 2009 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary,

There is currently a symposium running up in Durham aboutChristianity in digital space, will be good to hear things that have come out of the that and conversations that are going on around faith and media. Although I guess due to the nature of these conversations, you can already join in digitally and see what is going on! Check out the stuff here.

Interestingly yesterday there was a report from a 15 year old in the Guardian, giving a summary of the way young people are using media. Thanks to Ian for the link. It's probably very much along the lines of what we already know about young people,

but for me it was a reminder at how quickly things change.
Even a year ago, not many young people had heard of Facebook. It was either MySpace or Bebo. Now FB is considered the predominant social networking site around even with young people. Not quite sure why it seems to have caused such a stir, but have a look and see what you think here.


June 29, 2009 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN,

Check this out. If you've been involved in the UK schools work scene for a while you may recall Schools Ministry Network (SMN), which existed for about ten years as a means of linking up and resourcing schools workers across the UK. SMN has been dormant for several years now and the signatories to its bank account have decided that now is the time to dispose of its remaining assets. There are details at

If you are involved with or know of a UK project involving networking between Christian schools workers that might be able to benefit from some of this money (no it's not millions!), please do look at the information on the site and consider making a bid. The closing date for applications is 31 August.

Wayne Dixon

Taking a breath

June 21, 2009 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary, 16-19s,

Sorry things have been quiet on here for a while. I'm hoping that will change over the next few months, and come September there will be frequent updates, current articles and thinking as well as lots of exciting new features on the site. Anyway, more on that later. For now, just let me tell you a bit about the week I was running in school last week...


Job vacancies with the Three Faiths Forum

June 16, 2009 by claire ellis
Categories: Secondary,

If you are looking for a job and are passionate about building relationships between people of different faiths and working in schools, these part-time job vacancies with the Three Faiths Forum may be of interest to you!

Playing the Part

May 21, 2009 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary,

I'm currently watching Playing the Part on iplayer. Denise Welch spends most of her time acting as a teacher on Waterloo Road. Here she tries it out for real, and takes on the role of an English teacher. It's an insight into the relentless, stressful, diverse and exciting world of teaching. I'm having a few flashbacks, both good and bad, from my first year of teaching back in 2001...Interesting days! I love the bit where Denise realises that she wants to speak to the kids like they've got something interesting to say...'they've all got something interesting to say' she says. So true. And so often we don't listen or give them space to say it.