Today, we are thinking about how you, as individuals and collectively as a school community, we can respond to instances of bullying.
Have a look at the picture. We have something very large and impressive and something small and insignificant. Which do you think is the most powerful, and why?
I expect you said the pin was more powerful because it can pop the balloon. We will be watching a story about David who was an important King of Israel.
David was the youngest of eight sons and was a shepherd like his father. While taking care of the sheep, he would use a sling to keep wild animals from hurting them. He would also play his harp. He wrote many of the songs found in the book of Psalms in the Bible. Watch the story to see how David’s life changed.
Goliath was a bully and enjoyed making fun of those he didn’t like. Has anyone made fun of you or spread untrue rumours? The things people say can make us feel upset or frightened. Even if we know the rumours are lies, we can be too worried to stand up to bullies.
This story shows how someone small and unimportant was able to be very courageous when he was faced with a big, boastful bully. If someone is telling lies about you or being nasty in another way, how might you stand up to them?
Today’s prayer is written by a man (Archbishop Desmond Tutu) who used powerful but non-violent ways to fight prejudice and discrimination against people in South Africa.
Goodness is stronger than evil,
Love is stronger than hate.
Light is stronger than darkness,
Life is stronger than death,
Victory is ours through Jesus who loves us.
Have a listen to the song- Only a Boy Named David