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Thank you teachers!

Leeds Faith In Schools has been running a club called Rock Solid at Guiseley
School over many years. We meet at lunchtime every Wednesday, have lunch
together and play games. Even though it can be a bit bonkers, it is a safe place for
pupils to come and have a breather from normal school life.


For a while I had been thinking that it would be great to have someone to come
and help me lead the group but that was as far as I had gotten, then, out of the
blue in January, I had an email saying that a trainee teacher would like to come
and help. This immediately felt like an answer to prayer since I hadn’t mentioned
to school that I needed another leader. We met up and she was able to attend the
group three times before school unfortunately had to stop running groups due to
the covid-19 outbreak.


Over those three weeks I could see her passion for the wellbeing of the young
people at Guiseley School, through the effort she put into chatting and getting to
know them, her enthusiasm to lead games as well as thinking ahead about what
we should do. Though it was over just three weeks, the qualities that I saw in her
define many, many of the staff we usually work with in schools on a day-to-day
basis: their highest priority, as school staff members, is the wellbeing of the
pupils they work with.


It is unusual as the Leeds Faith In Schools team to be unable to go into schools
that, for some of us, have been our place of work for the last 5 years, as it must be
for people in a wide range of jobs at this time. Despite that, it is still important to
keep in mind those who are continuing to work in schools right now.


Many of you will have heard of the Clap for Carers (for NHS and key workers
across the country dealing with the coronavirus pandemic) idea that has
happened over the last couple of Thursday evenings in the UK. It seems only
right to also celebrate the teachers and school staff all over the country who are
still working to enable NHS and other key workers to be able to do their jobs. We
are so thankful for all that they do.


Please pray for teachers and other school staff across our country at this time
- for those who are continuing to work in what must be a strange and
different environment
- for those who are working from home or not working and are now unable
to do the job they love in the usual way
- for those in the middle of their teacher training who may feel anxious
about the uncertainties that this situation brings
- for those smaller school communities that are now meeting together and
may be fearful of having to do this