Word on the Street: Pathwayz Update
In everything you do, work with all your heart, as you are working for the Lord and not for other masters. It is from God that you will receive your reward. It is God you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24
This term, the children of Pathwayz have been going back in time to 776 BC and the birth of the Olympics. In training for our own Olympics in the last week of term, we have been studying what it is that makes a good athlete.
After six weeks during which we learnt about Performance, Responsibility and Unity, we moved onto Pride. After half-term, we focused on Gymnastics and the pride we must take in presenting ourselves in a graceful and polite manner. We made paper chains made up of different manners, played a game which involved thanking each other whilst passing a ball around a circle and learnt to say ‘hello’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in sign language. We learnt how important it is to be polite and how much nicer we can be if we say please and thank you.
The following week, we looked at the Pride of the Spectator. It is not only the athletes who are on show at the Olympics but the supporters too. We made signs of support and learnt the famous Welsh rugby chant ‘Oggy, oggy, oggy’ and made team badges with the names of teams we support such as Man Utd, Liverpool, Wales and Cardiff City. We learnt that supporting each other is really important and can make all the difference in the performance of teams and individuals!
We have now moved on to the fifth and final Olympic Value: Respect. Last week, we looked at the importance of respecting ourselves. The sport we used to illustrate this is the Triathlon. Made up of three sports (swimming, cycling and running), the Triathlon requires the athlete to believe in themselves in the hope of being the best at three different sports. We took part in our own triathlon, made up of star-jumps, houla-hoops and bean-bag throwing, made butterflies with the verse ‘All things are possible for the one who believes’ (Mark 9:23), made our own Pathwayz Constellation with coloured stars with our names on and learnt all about David and Goliath. Inspired by David’s defeat of Goliath, the huge and strong soldier, we thought about things in our own lives which are difficult to do: maths, spelling, reading, breakdancing, gymnastics, making friends and learning a new language. We realised that if we believe in ourselves then difficult tasks become easier to do!
With just two weeks left, Pathwayz is preparing themselves for the Pathwayz Olympics. In the final week of term, we will compete against each other for the title of Pathwayz Olympic Champions! But we know that, even though we all would love to win, taking part is the most important and that by supporting each other, and with the support of God, we can do anything. As we contemplate our future, we ask that you pray for the club, for our children and the leaders. We ask for God’s blessing on our children as they embark on a long summer holiday and that the lessons they learn in the club will protect and support them wherever they are and whatever they may be doing.