Dear Christ the King community,

 

Every year on the 22nd April Earth Day is celebrated globally and this year marks the 50th anniversary. The event aims to raise awareness on the negative impact our actions as mankind have on our environment and earth. We are requested to seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever. This year the theme is Climate Action.

 

Climate change represents one of the biggest challenges to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.Earth Day has made me reflect on thecoronavirus pandemic and our reckless behaviour prior to it. We would use cars unnecessarily to make small journeys, buy an abundance of food that would often end up in the waste disposal bin but now our behaviours are changing for the better. This devastating disease has forced us to adapt and change and we have unwittingly made our planethealthier in the process.

 

The media reports that the skies are clearing of pollution, wildlife is returning to newly clear waters, hosts of flights have been scrapped and humanity is adopting a much more simplified way of living – all helping to erase some of the damage we have done to our planet. We are walking more, not wasting as much food, expensive vehicles now sit unused on driveways, instead of polluting our environment, and we have all noticed a reduction in noise and fumes in our town and cities.

 

Protecting our planet matters but so does protecting one another during this global pandemic. The last few months has made us value our family and friends more than we ever thought possible. We miss the people we are no longer able to visit, and we rejoice when we read about the kind actions of others, those who are selflessly trying to make a difference in these tough and challenging times. Captain Tom has raised a remarkable amount of money for the NHS and many other people have been fundraising too. Humanity has shown its heart and we have started to appreciate one another, and the efforts made to keep our families and communities safe. This is being displayed on a weekly basis by clapping for the NHS and respecting keyworkers.Communities are showing compassion for the elderly and vulnerable daily byvolunteering to deliver food, collect prescriptions or by simply smiling and waving through closed windows. Knowing others care can make a huge difference when you are feeling alone in the world.

 

The power of digital media is helping us all through this difficult and testing time. We may be apart, but we are also more connected than ever.Over the course of today, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.While Earth Day may be going digital, our goal remains the same: to mobilise the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference.No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you are not alone, because together, we can save the Earth and promote a brighter future.

 

This week our monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, marked her 94th birthday. However, it was a more subdued affair, without the usual gun salutes sounding through London. Instead, the Queen chose to celebrate privately in a more restrained manner as her kingdom desperately tries to fight this killer disease.This follows the actions of the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, who celebrated Easter in a more refined manner by delivering mass at the Vatican in front of a limited number of people. Birthdays, religious celebrations, and annual events like Glastonbury or Pride have all been affected by the pandemic, reminding us that we are in this together. We are all affected by the disease and must work together to stop its spread by adhering to social distancing as I am sure many of you already are.

 

We still have many things to be grateful for.The sun is shining, lightening the mood, and making lockdown somewhat bearable. It is lovely to see families sat in their gardens or taking daily walks together. Take care in the hot weather, apply your sunscreen liberallyand enjoy some relaxation and vitamin D (when you have finished studying).Listen to some good music, read a book and speak to your family members. Be grateful for what you have and the people around you.

 

In terms of studying, please remember that we are all still learning in these strange times. Engage with our Google classroom at all levels because the emphasis has really moved from teacher-led to independent learning. Education is a tool for change.

 

Recently, I was reading about a major Hollywood movie star, Denzel Washington, who gave a speech about the power of an individual and how they themselves can shape their own future. I thought I would share this with you.

 

“Don’t be afraid to fail big, to dream big. But remember, dreams, without goals are just dreams. They ultimately fuel disappointment. So have dreams, but have goals., life goals, yearly goals, monthly goals, daily goals. I try to give myself a goal every day. Understand that to achieve these goals you must apply discipline and consistency. You have to work at it every day. You have to plan every day. Hard work, works. Working really hard is what successful people do. And just remember just because you’re doing a lot more doesn’t mean you are getting a lot more done. Don’t confuse movement with progress. Continue to strive, continue to have goals, continue to progress and anything you want good, you can have. Claim it, work hard to get it, when you get it reach back, pull someone else up. Each one, teach one”.

 

Please keep reading our blog, check our social media daily and follow the news. A proposed minute silence is in the process of being organised to pay tribute to the gallant NHS workers who have sadly died whilst desperately trying to help protect others. This silence is proposed for the 28th April but has not yet been confirmed; we will keep you updated. Finally, a very special treat is coming your way from the staff at CTK so keep a look out for this; it is not to be missed!

 

Stay safe, be kind.


Cultural challenge 2

Watch the various performances in this video by the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers:
https://www.ted.com/talks/the_lxd_in_the_internet_age_dance_evolves?referrer=playlist-talks_to_watch_with_kids#t-56811
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