School Values - Respect
Here she is performing it in 1967: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcGjZHvD5q4
Our School Value for this half-term is Respect.
We uphold every person as a unique and worthy individual. Each should be empowered to function and thrive in their roles, whatever those may be.
Respect is a song originally released by American singer-songwriter Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for singer Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist who became known as the Queen of Soul. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Watch her performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert:
Assembly theme – Ramadam
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The exact dates of Ramadan change every year. This is because Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon.
In 2021 in the UK, Ramadan will begin in the evening of Monday 12 April
and will end on Tuesday 11 May
Muslims celebrate the time when the verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Ramadan is a time of worship and contemplation. A time to strengthen family and community ties.
Listen or join in with this song that we sing in school:
This song was written by Dawud Wharnsby Ali who is a Canadian Muslim. He has written many nasheeds for young people. A nasheed is a moral or religious song that may be sung with or without musical instruments. Nasheeds are popular throughout the Islamic world. The material and lyrics of a nasheed usually make reference to Islamic beliefs, history, and religion, as well as current events.
This song is called a Whisper of Peace. Peace is a key principle of Islam and doesn’t just mean an absence of war but a completeness or wholeness, a constant movement towards a state of being perfect. Listen to the song and be aware of how important words ‘whisper of peace’, ‘word of hope’, ‘call’ and ‘light’ are repeated many times to embed the message of peace.