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Year 2 Term 3 - Joy

John 8:12

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life”

After the joyful celebration of Christmas and the birth of Christ we embark on the value of Joy. Joy is a quality of ‘being’ rather than just an emotion and so although it is related to being happy it is more fundamental and can be sustained when happiness is diminished. Joy also comes from seeing lives being positively changed and relationships enhanced. Joy is a very important but often neglected social value.  Joy comes from knowing God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit. Joyfulness should mark the life of the Christian community and all relationships between Christians as they live and work together. It is important too that joy be a feature of the life of the wider community. What are we doing in school to learn about Joy? Joy is the expression of inner happiness and contentment. At school we believe that children and adults achieve most through praise and encouragement. We choose to be positive and encourage children to be content so that they will be a source of joy to others. At school we take every opportunity to celebrate success in our merit awards worship and often take the time to share our achievements. These are very joyful occasions.