Powerpoint For The Assembly
Value - The Letter
Have you ever thought about the value of a hand written letter? Or a card? Or maybe something said when someone messaged you? Or a snapchat?
Sending someone a letter or a message can communicate a lot to people. It tells them you're thinking of them, that you care about them or understand what they're going through etc.
Here's an example of what a letter meant to one girl in the TV series 'World's Strictest Parents' when she received a letter from her mum.
YouTube Clip - World's Strictest Parents
Direct Link - https://youtu.be/348XFmeB0XY (link accessed and working, Feb 2019)
In July 2014 a head teacher in Lancashire wrote a letter to her Primary School children. In the letter she wrote to her students about their exam results explaining that while the results were important, they didn't mean everything and that other things in life were important. This is true for all of us. We should aim high and do our very best at school - you'll regret it later in life if you don't do your very best. It helps you make the most of life when you do your best. But your test results may not show the kind of person you are and everything that makes you you. Let's read what the head teacher said...
Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.
However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you... the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best... the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.
What God Says
As a Christian, I also believe God sees your value. For me, this helps define who I am but I realise everyone has different beliefs. I believe that God has written a letter showing your value - it's called the Bible and it tells us a lot about how much God loves and values each one of us. But here's what I think God would say to you if he could write you a letter.
I am your Father - a really good Father that values you, cares about you, wants to spend time with you, who encourages you and believes the best about you. I think you are precious and valuable. I loved you so much that my Son willingly died on a cross to pay for everything you do wrong.
Before the earth was even created I had you in mind. I formed you in your mum’s womb, despite how you may feel about her. You are no accident! I made you in my image, breathed my life into you and made you completely unique with special gifts and skills.
I know everything about you and care about everything you care about. Even if you say you don't want anything to do with me or don't believe in me or don't care about me, I still love you.