The year of hope (2017-18)
Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.
Where is ‘Hope’ mentioned in the bible and what does it say about it?
HOPE gives us life (Romans 8:24). HOPE connects us (Ephesians 4:4). HOPE moves us (2 Corinthians 3:12). HOPE keeps us (2 Corinthians 1:17). HOPE grounds us (Colossians 1:23). HOPE protects us (1 Thessalonians 5:8). HOPE anchors us (Hebrews 6:13). Our savior is HOPE (1 Timothy 1:1). Everything written in the Bible was written to give us HOPE (Romans 15:4).
This year is a year of hope. A year we hope for peace. A year we hope for joy. A year we hope for good things to come in our future. However, this year isn’t the only year we should look for hope. We should always be hoping, but if we want to do something to make our hope a reality, we have to take action.
‘What can I do to take action and make my hope a reality?’
You could make an action plan and decide what to do. But remember: Start off with something small and achievable. For instance, If your goal is to do well in a test, set yourself the goal to make notes on a certain topic that evening. Once you achieved that, you can set yourself a more challenging task. There are, however, things that we can not do anything about. For instance, we can not force a school to let us in, but this is where hope comes in. Many people worry about things which makes everything worse and it is also easier to worry rather than hope, but you have to focus on the positive notes and know that you have gone above and beyond in everything and done all you can. HOPE IS STRONGER THAN FEAR AND WORRY.
I will end with the following quotes which I find sum up what hope is:
‘Hope is never dead, it is just larger than our imaginations; its purpose extending beyond our comprehension’ –Kathy Hobaugh
‘LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow’- Albert Einstein
Holy Cross day 2017
The theme for Holy Cross day this year was being culturally aware, so we had the chance to dress up in a costume from a culture we are either from or respect. It really was amazing to see so many different cultural costumes and putting the effort in to dress up.
This year we started a new system where we have houses: Peace, Hope, Charity, Mercy and Faith. We were split into these houses and were mixed into groups with year 7-13 so that we could all work together to make something from a certain culture. The activities we had to complete were: Creatively remaking the map of the world, making something well known from a certain culture (e.g. dream catchers), learn a dance or a song from a certain country (e.g. the haka, New Zealand) and learning a phrase from a language.
We also had our very first house mass (!) which was exciting as it was new and we hadn’t done anything like it before. Peace, Charity and Faith were in the first assembly and Hope and Mercy were in the second one.
This year was the last Holy Cross day for some of my friends as they would go off to college or another sixth form the next year, so it was fairly emotional for them, but we all knew that we needed to ensure we would enjoy our final one, which we did! Many people agreed that the new house system and masses were exciting and made the whole day enjoyable. The year 7 also had the opportunity to meet people from other years in their house whom they would be able to talk to if they had any difficulties, so it helped them to settle into the school better.
In my opinion, this year was the best Holy Cross day we’ve had since I joined 5 years ago and I really am looking forward to next year, where hopefully I will be able to participate as one of the leaders of the house!
The Ignite Team