Community Blog: Secondary


May 08, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary,

LightLive gives children's and youth leaders free-of-charge access to a weekly syllabus of downloadable material following Scripture Union's Light programme, for groups aged up to 14. It also gives access to all-age materials.


May 06, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary,

The exam season is here and you might like to have a look, listen to or read this. If appropriate - do make know to schools / young people / any you know facing exams this week and over the coming few weeks. Suitable for those doing SAT's now as well as GCSE's, AS & A2's in the coming days. Give of your best - achieve your potential. see Putting exams in perspective.


Anger Management

May 02, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary, 16-19s, SEN,

I'm working with a young person who is one outbreak away from expulsion and I'm expected to perform a miracle. Whilst this may be possible theologically, faith permitting, I'm probably not going to deliver as completely reformed a character as the school wishes. Seeing the brilliant person behind the behaviour is only making it an even taller order. Thankfully our team book this term is Working with Anger and Young People...maybe God's already underway!

escape from exam-mania

May 02, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary, 16-19s,

For the year 11s in the school I visit, there are only 5 more days of school before they break for their study leave. I know each school does this differently, but May signals the start of exam season for many young people we come into contact with. My question is how can we encourage young people to keep focused and not panicked; to make sure they look after themselves, and all those other things it's easy for them to forget about?

Global lesson breaks world records!

May 01, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary,

Send My Friend is a great campaign by Action Aid, getting young people to highlight the plight of the 72 million children who are missing out on education around the world. It's campaigning at it's most imaginative and it's last project looks set to shoot into the Guinness Book of Records!


April 28, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary,

The Assemblies Website has coined the term 'assemblet', which describes an essential feature of school assemblies. They are 'short, snappy stories with a clear effective message'. I hadn't come across this term before today, maybe I missed class that day, but it helps me to think again about collecting a bunch of 'assemblets' to have up my sleeve for when I'm asked to do an assembly at the last minute. Here's one I liked...

Schoolswork conference

April 26, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary,


This conference is coming up in Surrey in June with, and this may or may not be good news, me doing some of the speaking. I'm looking forward to the chance to share some of the stuff we've been developing on the theology and practice of schoolswork. For twenty five quid it's got to be bargain! More info here.

Body ...and Soul

April 22, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Secondary,

There's been loads in the news about obesity recently and I think it's a great area to get involved in. Offer a club for all the pupils who struggle with weight, fitness or who hate PE and you'll be the sports teachers best friend, not to mention having the chance to share some truths about what makes us who we are and living life to the full.


April 15, 2008 by mark brown
Categories: Secondary,

young people from lunch time club who are not part of church are interested in confirmation.

i know doing a basis evangelistic discipleship course like "deeper" or youth alpha are great resources. does anyone have any good ideas to promote confirmation through discussion/ice breaker games. and encouraging confirmation is a public commitment of every day christian faith and not just for that special day. not just to be confirmed to access communion - thats a benefit if your a christian in a anglican church.
confirmation can be a life changing experience . thought - young people we work with might not come to sunday church service but come to church or school youth group - do they have to go to church regular to access cummunion ? that is not convient for young people with thier sunday mornings lay ins ! better to do communion with youth group if your minister is ok with that ? or get the vicar in too do it !!!!

thought - what happens after confirmation service ? being a christian does not depend on attending church service?

confirmation is a personal thing - but dont our young people need to know its a commitment to Jesus that includes being part of church and participating when you can ?

last year 4 of our young people got confirmed which was a great day , only 1 has been to church since to participate or take communion ?

going to church does not make us a christian , but it a expression of being a active christian .

Most importantly young people need to know what why they can get confirmed and importance of it from biblical perspective.