On Tuesday and Wednesday last week the Justice Space Mat had its first ever run during the Nicholas Breakspear retreat. It has been something I have been planning for many months and it was amazing to be able to see its first uses.
The mat is split into four areas with three different reflections on each. The four over arching themes are God (purple), Crime and Punishment (red), Social Justice (green) and Environmental Justice (blue).
The students were given the freedom to choose which order they visited the stations in - the only restriction was that there could not be more than three people on each station. They were given an iPod and headphones at the beginning, which had the reflection for each station on it, so all they had to do was select the correct track which guided them through the activity.
As the students went round the mat they explored a variety of different issues and ideas around the topic of justice, including refugees, homelessness, forgiveness, plastic ocean and the justice of God. These different topics gave each student the chance to reflect on two of our iMatter themes: I am responsible and I am loved.
The Nicholas Breakspear Year 9 students had a great time going round the mat. They really took the opportunity to explore the mat for themselves and took time to reflect whilst listening to each of the tracks. Chris noted that they were so reflective at the end that they were completely silent whilst walking around the outside of the building to their next activity!
A massive thank you to everyone on the Step team who sent in a reflection for the mat. The Justice Space Mat wouldn't have been the same without your tremendous effort and I certainly wouldn't have been able to create this without your support.
If you would like the chance to see the Justice Space Mat for yourself it will be up and running at the Step End of Year Celebration, which you are most welcome to. Click here for further details of the event.