Our Christian Distinctiveness
Our school strives to serve the community by providing an excellent education for all pupils, of all abilities and backgrounds. We are a Church Controlled primary school and as such, work hard to preserve and develop our distinctive Christian character, liaising closely with the local church and Canterbury Diocese.
We converted to an academy (01 November 2015) through the Diocese of Canterbury Multi Academy Trust (Aquila). We took this decision to enable our school to have greater autonomy and have a greater say in how we are run now and in the future.
Questions and Reflections from Collective Worship
These will be available weekly and addressed in class as well as during whole school Collective Worship. Please feel free to chat further with your children about them.
The Kings had the new baby Jesus revealed to them as the Son of God, what would you have done next if you were one of those kings?
Reflective thought- Although we cannot see the Holy Spirit, we should be able to sense His work in our lives changing us into the image of Christ. God wants us to grow and change- from the mnemonic
Prayer- Dear Lord, Thank you for loving us so much you know every hair on our head! You know the path you would like us to go down; the route through life you would like us to take so help us to hear Your words Lord as we try to follow You. Guide our thoughts, words and actions to do the best we can. Help us use the Holy Spirit better when we consider ‘How can we improve?’ Amen.
Reflective thought- What helps you not to give up? Who helps you to keep going? How can you encourage others today to keep trying? What's the hardest thing about sticking at a task?
Prayer- Thank you God for sending Jesus to be our shepherd. We have learnt that You never stop searching for us. Please help us to learn the lesson from You God to never give up to keep trying and persevere. Amen.
NB Thursday 25th 3T Class Assembly
Reflective thought- ‘A mistake is the first step in learning. Success comes from mistakes.’
How do you feel when you make a mistake? Can you make the mistake positive?
Prayer- Dear God, You know that we are human and you know that we make many mistakes. Help us not to be defeated by our mistakes but to see them as a learning process. Forgive us when our mistakes hurt other people. Amen.
Reflective thought- We have choices. How can we improve for the better?
Prayer- Lord in heaven, help us to make the best choices following the path You want for us. Help us to realise when we have made mistakes so we can change how we act and improve for the better. Amen.
Reflective thought- This week we have thought how we can love each other and love God. How can we show true friendship and compassion?
Prayer- Help us to trust, endure, and be thankful as well as be a good friend showing compassion to everyone we meet. Amen.
Our School Christian Values
In April 2014, we consulted with the whole school community on what our 5 Key Christian Values should be.
The 5 values chosen were:
Thankfulness Friendship Trust Compassion Endurance
Enabling everyone to be thankful for more than just material possessions
Ensuring that people of all ages experience a ‘friendly school’
Encouraging and promoting relationships of trust in the school
Ensuring that everyone feels included and we support those in difficulties
Working at/for something even when it does not bring immediate results