School and Church

SIAMS Report March 2016

Please see our blog, to the left of this page, to review our most recent School and Church events.

Open The Book:

Assemblies take place every day in school led by different members of our School community.  On Tuesday mornings, we welcome members of our two local churches into school. With the help of the children, they act out a different Bible story each week with wonderful costumes, props and music. This is often mentioned as a highlight of the week for pupils and staff alike.

Working with St John's Church:

Throughout the year, school and church come together to worship. We have a regular calendar of events and services led by the children including Harvest, Christmas, Easter and our Y6 Leavers' Celebration. We are also involved in yearly Experience events hosted in church or in school.

Each autumn, we join together in a service of Harvest thanksgiving.  We bring gifts and we help raise money to support projects in other countries, so that they can overcome hardship caused by drought, flood, disease etc and be able to become self-sufficient farming their land successfully. We also collect items to donate to our local foodbanks in both Kendal and Milnthorpe. Children from all across school contribute prayers, songs, reflections and their thoughts on the meaning of Harvest.

In previous years we have supported the Bishop's Appeals in Malawi and Zululand.

Our Christmas Carol Services take place in the last week of term at St. John's Church.  Our junior pupils retell the story of Christ's birth through readings role play and stories. They also share prayers to help us reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and pray for people all around the world who are suffering at this special time of year.

In the lead up to Easter we listen and respond to the Easter story in different ways including: role-play from our Open the Book Team, RE lessons, collective worship and visits to St. John's Church for our 'Experience Easter' event and our Easter Service at the end of term.

Each year, we are lucky enough to be involved in an Experience event with St. John's Church, for example 'Experience Easter' which involves taking part in six interactive stations that enable us to deepen our understanding of the Easter Story and it's relevance to our lives.  These include: Servant King, Hopes and Dreams, Remember Me, Alone, Sharing our Sorrows and Resurrection.

Courageous Advocacy;

Children in Year 5 & 6 led our projects on toilet twining.  They presented information about the different countries we could support and then organised a whole school vote for every pupil and member of staff.  With our fundraising activities in school, we had enough money to sponsor two toilets in two different countries,

Links Overseas:

We have strong links with a children's school and orphanage in Uganda called Blessed Hill.  This involves writing to our friends in Uganda during the year, fundraising events and learning about the school and life in Uganda through assemblies and in our curriculum learning too.