Celebrating...What Really Matters

During the last PSHE lesson of the term, our students were looking at the human side of Christmas, beyond the commercialism.  It became a fascinating lesson and all participants finished feeling very uplifted.

During the lesson, students reminded each other that no matter where we are in the world, while we are celebrating with family and friends, how important it is to be grateful for what we have and remembering others who are not as fortunate.  We then compared this human element of Christmas to that of Eid, the Muslim festival, and learnt how during Eid, aside from the religious element of the celebrations, Muslims also remember those who are less fortunate.  An important part of the festival is to share food with people who may not otherwise be able to afford it.

This is an important point for us all to remember but what made our lesson extra special was the first-hand knowledge of Eid that Rinad, joining us from Saudi Arabia, was able to share.  The rest of the group were new to the festival Eid and were able to ask Rinad lots of questions about that and other Muslim traditions which she lives and breathes as part of the culture she is living in.  Possibly the most mind-blowing part of the lesson was when Rinad was asked if she had ever visited Mecca - the spiritual centre of Islam.  We were learning about the huge significance of this city for Muslims and how many practising Muslims have the ambition to visit at least once in their lifetime, as it is so sacred.  Rinad told us that she had been there many, many times as it was literally about twenty-five minutes’ drive from her house!  It was as though we had our very own Mecca news correspondent live in our Electa classroom.  Thank-you Rinad for this very special insight that you wouldn't get anywhere other than Net School!

This holiday season let’s all take some time to spend with friends and family, being grateful for what we have and if possible, to help others less fortunate from ourselves.

Wishing you a happy holiday season and a joyful New Year!

From all at Net School.