Summer Term Update

Dear all, this is the Summer Term SMSC update. It includes the same information we sent out before the end of term but with the addition of a link to resources for Pentecost assemblies as promised. 

Please see below for the list of dates and resources provided in this edition, to help you plan SMSC provision for the term.

In this edition we have also included an article and helpful links relating to youth violence.

We hope you will find this newsletter informative, encouraging and helpful. We value your feedback so please do let us know if there is anything you would like us to report on next term.

Kind regards from the
Dates, links and ideas
to give you a headstart with your SMSC planning for next term you will also find a link for each event which will take you either to some resources or further information:

29th April- 3rd May
Sun Safety Week

1 May:  

"'We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that
somehow we have a corner on God."

- Desmond Tutu -
Working to Prevent Knife Crime
It seems that almost every week we hear of a new victim of knife crime. We all see and are horrified at the rising statistics. We recognise the importance of taking seriously the threat to this generation of children and one approach surely must be that we teach them about the dangers and how to avoid them. To help us understand what is available to schools, we spoke to Jason O'Shea from Operation Forgiveness.  Knowing that serious youth violence is at an all-time high and that ‘Knife Crime’ is now called an epidemic, the charity aims to make a difference through prevention.  Jason says “We believe early intervention promotes prevention”.
Operation Forgiveness runs free courses for schools sharing the ripple effects of negative actions and they take time to look at forgiveness to consider the value of life. Whilst this is done from a Christian perspective, they ensure the course is accessible to all faith groups.
The Head Teacher at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School described the workshops as ‘amazing’ and was impressed with how much the children learnt. She went on to say: ‘I am going to share your details with other Heads in Lewisham and in other boroughs as your message has to be shared with as many people as possible.’

In a Tweet following a workshop a spokesperson for St James Hatcham primary school in New Cross, thanked London City Mission for the "powerful and inspirational 'Operation Forgiveness' workshops", stating that the work they do is life changing.

Jason runs Operation Forgiveness, along with his wife Tayo and her Mum Sarah whose youngest son was murdered at the age of 15. For more information you can visit their website which is listed below. 

Operation Forgiveness
A knife crime initiative available free to schools and youth groups from year 5 up within London
More help and advice
For more help and advice, campaigns and information on all areas of violent crime:

The Metropolitan Police ‘Safe’ site has some really helpful links and articles:
Or to go directly to their page dealing specifically with knife and gun crime follow this link:

Teachers resources has published on its site resources for teachers, information for parents and Police-led Groups. The section is also designed as an interactive tool for children and young people to explore:

Some other charities and organisations helping to combat knife crime include:
The Ben Kinsella Trust: Ben Kinsella was tragically murdered in an unprovoked knife attack in Islington in June 2008. The Ben Kinsella Trust was setup by Ben's family shortly after his murder to campaign against knife crime and to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife.

Playing it Safe - A resource for teachers designed to support work around knife carrying with children aged 6+ and  the delivery of the No Knives, Better Lives initiative:

Solgrid Education Information - Preventative work on knife crime in primary schools and junior schools across the West Midlands region:
“Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you're going to perform, you've already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.”
 - Usain Bolt -
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