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Moving on

To help students deal with ‘moving on’ times in their lives.

by Tim Scott

Suitable for Whole School (Sec)


To help students deal with ‘moving on’ times in their lives.

Preparation and materials


  1. Use the property website and show students how you’d go about searching for a house – find their dream property! Make this interactive by asking different students to give you criteria for searching for a house. Tell them from personal experience about a time when you moved house.
  2. Whether we are moving house, moving schools or even moving country, there are often times in our lives when we will experience having to move on. How do you find having to move on? Exciting? Daunting? Scary?
  3. Not moving on sometimes feels like the safe option, but in reality it can be very bad for us. Scientists conducted an experiment in which they placed an amoeba, a tiny one-celled organism, in the ideal conditions of a comfortable, stress-free environment. It had no need to change and make any adjustments whatsoever, yet it died. Why? Because even amoeba need change and challenge just as we need food and water. Comfort can kill us.
  4. You may have heard of hermit crabs. They find a shell that fits, and then live in it until the crab grows too big for it. Do you know what it does then? It leaves the too-small shell and rushes around the seabed looking for a bigger shell, before something eats it! This process repeats itself several times through the life of the crab.
  5. Are you holding on to something that no longer fits you, just because it’s comfortable? If you want to grow personally you have to be prepared to get up out of your comfort zone and move on, even when this means dealing with a little ‘distress’. You may have outgrown a club or a hobby, you may have to re-examine a relationship you are in or change a behaviour that’s proving to be destructive. No matter what, don’t settle for being so ‘settled’ that you can’t let go and move on when you need to.
  6. In life, we will sometimes face roadblocks that will try and stop us from moving on physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Sometimes it may be the shock of leaving somewhere familiar, the death of a loved one, an injury or illness, a relationship that’s broken down. Before you can move on, you need to do three things:

    (1) Forgive those who’ve hurt you. Don’t let the past control you. In the story of The Lion King, the young lion Simba must let go of his past – the death of his father that he blames himself for (his wicked uncle Mufasa had told him that he was responsible). In the story, Simba runs away and refuses to confront his past until with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa, and childhood sweetheart Nala, he returns to become the lion king he was meant to be.

    (2) Confess your mistakes, say you are sorry and accept forgiveness.

    (3) Give back by helping others to deal with their troubles. Be kind to people who you may not like, adults and younger children as well as people your own age.

Time for reflection

As we draw near to the end of another school year, which for some of you means the end of your time at this school, don’t just focus on what you’re leaving behind.

Think about what you’ll be taking with you when you go: hopefully some good memories.

Perhaps you can see that you have gained confidence, self-worth, wisdom and faith for the next challenge ahead.

Learn from what’s gone before and move on.

Are you ready for bigger things?

When it’s time to move on it’s because, like the hermit crab, there’s another shell out there that is a better fit for you.

But you can’t move into your new shell until you leave your old one.

There’s more ahead of you than behind you – the best is yet to be!


As you think about the next stage of your life,

be it a new class or a new life outside of this school,

consider all the good things that you take with you.

Let go of old events that pull you back.

And look up as you face the future!


‘One more step’ (Come and Praise, 47)

Publication date: 2010   (Vol.12)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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