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Welcome back to the new term :)

…what a lovely start to the new term today! With a shared morning tea for all children and their whanau, songs (E te Atua, Tu tiro…, E rere taku poi, etc), prayers and crafts – we enjoyed this morning very much! Thank you everybody for participating!

For crafts, the children made some ‘peace-houses’ out of paper (a resource from the Australian Peace Pack). Colouring them in with great detail and care. It was a lovely activity to share with the families, and something to take home afterwards.

We’ll start with our regular classes again next week – Sunday 5 November, 10am. See you all then 🙂

“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother…”

Learning to look out for others first and acquiring an attitude of service is a life-long effort. We started with little steps in our children’s class today. We restructured our class sequence slightly:

  1. start with washing hands and then sitting in a circle on the matt
  2. have prayers and music, all age groups together
  3. then we have our morning tea, and the children have turns in serving everyone the food (instead of ‘help yourself’ or grab as much as you can :)…)
  4. after that, we separate into our age groups for the lesson
  5. the two older groups then join for some games
  6. …and then come together at the end for a closing karakia/prayer and another song or two.
The classes went really well, and the children very quickly settled into this new ‘routine’. Well done everyone!
The lesson today was about looking out for others first (perfer your brother/sister, fellow man), and we tried to imagine how our world would be a much brighter and happier place if everyone would look out for someone else – everyone would be taken care of!
After memorising our quote of the day (“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.”) and colouring in our lesson picture, we used a fun word to remind us to look out for others first:
TOTOFF (= Think Of The Other Fellow First) maybe we’ll make some badges one day…
Some of the older children then suggested we play “Captain’s coming”, a perfect game for letting off some extra energy – and completely exhaust the teachers ;)… One person is the caller and calls out different ‘commands’: Climb the rigging, scrub the deck, starboard, shark, captain’s girlfriend, walk the plank, etc – each of which has a certain action connected with it, which the children perform all together. It is great fun! See the pictures below.
The youngest children learnt about kindness and kindness to animals…

“To give and be generous are attributes of Mine…”

While today’s lesson was about generosity, Aunty Ngaro and Lily shared with us how to make pois! Aunty Ngaro had most generously braided a whole lot of ‘handles’ for us to then use and attach the ‘ball’-part. They look absolutely beautiful and will come in very handy, for practicing our songs!

While the two older classes learnt and practiced how to use the pois (it’s quite tricky really!) the youngest class learnt about sharing…

All in all it was a busy morning – with 5 new children joining today, which brings our roll up to just over 30 – wow! We need to get moving and train more teachers soon! (Let us know if you’d like to help!)

There are 3 more classes before we break for the school holidays – don’t miss out – see you next week! 🙂

Cookies were delivered in the nick of time…

…the baked goodies did make it to the truck on Monday last week. And only in the nick of time too, the train was over an hour late, but I got a ride from a friendly co-commuter – thank goodness! There was a lovely fabric banner to sign for everyone too, see the quick mobile phone pics below 🙂

Lesson 12 : Generosity

….a very sweet theme! 🙂 At least in our class today – we made/decorated cookies, to give away as gifts and sweet reminders of Generosity.

Coincidentally, today was also National Switzerland Day (1. August) and therefore some of our cookies had a very swiss look about them 🙂

Before we did the cookie decorating we learnt a new quote by Baha’u’llah – see quote of the week on the right! We also learnt a new song called ‘Blessed is the spot’, which the children put into action – I wish we had a video to show you the movements, they were great!

Have a look at the lesson pdf, which also has a beautiful illustration of the lyrics for ‘Blessed is the spot’, as well as a picture of a fountain, which is such a nice example of complete generosity – giving constantly.

This is it for today – we’re off to celebrate Swiss National day with friends – yay! 😉

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