RE & Worship We welcomed Mrs Hawkins to our school and church this last Sunday. Our newly updated boards look great up in the church and are being admired by all. Our Christian Ethos Our School’s Christian character permeates all aspects of school life. To support our spiritual journey we have chosen Love, Hope and courage as our school’s distinctive Christian Values. Love was chosen to reflect the love God has for us and how we should care for one another Hope was chosen to reflect the Holy Spirit, not visible, but a strength that comes from inside Courage was chosen to reflect the courage of Jesus on the cross and how we need to embrace difficulties in our lives and work Our aim is to ensure that all members of the school community feel valued and that respect and trust underpin all we do. To support this aim, reflective areas can be found across the school, which promote and enhance spiritual ideas, thoughts and questions. Acts of Worship Our Collective Worship is held within the school hall, classroom, outside or whilst on a school trip or residential. Monday: Whole School Worship led by a senior member of staff. This is where we introduce the weekly focus, which is linked to our half termly value Tuesday: Class Worship is led by either staff or by a local minister. During this worship, the focus is bringing the Bible to life. We share Bible stories and children have the opportunity to offer their own prayers before we sing a song. Wednesday: Whole School Praise worship led by staff. Here we practise Christian songs and hymns Thursday: Whole School Worship is led by the parish vicar alternate Thursdays. Class Worship is held on the alternate weeks, where staff lead activities linked to our worship focus and share stories and songs. Friday: Whole School Celebration worship led by Head teacher. Parents are invited for those who are presented with an Achiever or Behaviour and Values Certificate; they are invited to join in with our prayers and school song The School may vary this organisation each year or term. Our key aim is to plan Collective Worship systematically so that there is continuity, variety and clear focus on Christian beliefs and festivals. Worship is led by a variety of people that include school staff, pupils, Governors, representatives from the parish church, and members of the local community. SIAMS The inspection process for Diocesan Church Schools is now called ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’. The inspections follow a timetable independent of Ofsted. The principal objective of the inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school. There are four core questions that make up the inspection. How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners? What is the impact of collective worship on the school community? How effective is the religious education? How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school? Please find attached our SIAMS report. Vernham Dean Gillum’s SIAMS November 2015 Our Prayers Across the school week we share prayers at various times. These will be a combination of prayers that children have written, our school prayer, Candle prayer, The Lord’s Prayer, prayers from visitors and prayer before lunch. Our Candle Prayer Our Candle Prayer is said when children light a candle at the beginning of our Collective Worship time. Heavenly Father We light this candle to remind us that you are the light of the world We come together now to pray and to praise and to remove all darkness from our hearts and minds Amen Our School Prayer Dear Lord Jesus Help us to love and care for each other as You first loved us Help is to have hope in our lives through You Help us to embrace each new day and the challenges yet to come In Your name Amen Our Prayer Board All of our school community can use our prayer board. The prayers and then collected and taken to church to either be shared with the congregation or privately said by an individual; we also share some of these prayers with the school community in collective worship. For individuals who wish their prayers to remain private, the school provide a box; these prayers are not on view and only go to church. Harvest Festival This week we had our Harvest Festival at Vernham Dean Church. Each of the classes contributed to the service with songs, poems and prayers. The school have spent the last week collecting food for Andover Food Bank and a selection of this was taken to church so the children could celebrate their efforts. Remembrance Day We each made a poppy and laid them to create a large poppy to remember all those soldiers who have died or been injured to keep us safe and protected. Then we held a 2 minute silence before we shared a prayer. Understanding Christianity This term we have begun to introduce a new scheme to teach the Christian elements within our RE. They have created some images to represent key Christian concepts which help shape thinking. It was fascinating how the children in both Oak and Maple were able to find meaning from the pictures and relate them to their own understanding of God and Jesus. There is also a large frieze which accompanies this resource, a bit like a ‘Where’s Wally’ picture – which will be on display soon.