As an inclusive Christian school, St Michael’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School values everyone as a child of God and rejoices in its diversity. Our vision is to provide a happy, loving and nurturing environment where all have the confidence to make outstanding progress and so expand and fulfil their hopes and aspirations. Our inspiring, enriched curriculum promotes a thirst for knowledge and develops wisdom.
The Lord says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you …. plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29 verse 11
Collective worship plays a central part in the life of St. Michael’s CE (A) Primary School. Collective worship is a means by which the school’s Christian vision is expressed (Strand 6 SIAMS 2018). As an expression of the Christian vision, ethos and spiritual life of the school, it offers the whole school community opportunities to experience/participate in/take responsibility for the living expression of Christian worship, valued and honoured through the school’s Anglican Foundation. This is set within the context of the corporate community of our school and its historic partnership with St. Michael and All Angels’ Church. We affirm every individual’s unique contribution, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ability, background or religion and this is underpinned by the Church of England’s Vision for Education – Deeply Christian Serving the Common Good’, a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, but sets them in a wider framework.
The whole school spent time on Wednesday 11 November 2020 remembering the men and women who have fought in wars over the years, for our safety and freedom. The Spiritual Council led times of reflection and remembrance for each class, outside on our school field. The children led prayers thanking God for the people who help us and people who have made sacrifices in wartime and conflicts to bring us hope and a brighter tomorrow.
The remembrance time took place around the labyrinth and the children focused on World War One (WW1), when 32 nations fought for 4 years, 3 months and 2 weeks. More than 16 million people died. At Christmas, in 1914, there was a truce, a brief pause in the fighting. Soldiers from both sides gave gifts to one another, including buttons. The children were encouraged to look at the photos of service men and women and to think about how the soldiers were feeling. They reflected on this and how they feel: whether they need some peace or a truce in their life. The children were encouraged to take a button as a wish or a prayer for peace.
During the remainder of the day, the children recreated poppies using progressive art skills for our field of poppies and spent time discussing the question: ‘Can remembering the past help us make a better future?’ A special lunch was prepared by the kitchen which included doughnuts. During World War I, the Salvation Army sent women to France to lift the spirits of the soldiers – and to serve them comfort food. Their food of choice? Hot doughnuts. The women became known as “Doughnut Girls.”
Each child was given a packet of forget-me-not seeds to take home and scatter in their garden. A little later two Spiritual Councillors decided to make each member of staff a small gift to help them reflect on the day.
The work completed during the day, is part of the school’s display looking at People of Hope.
The Spiritual Council organised and led our worship which was streamed on our facebook page. All the children in school were involved in the service and together we raised £320 to buy a Fantastic Farmyard in Rwanda and 4 chickens in Vietnam. Year 4 helped us to think about our gifts and talents and led us in prayers to ask God to help us to use them wisely.
The theme 'Celebrating our gifts and talents' was based on the reading from 1 Corinthians 12 verses 27-31.
God of love, Heavenly Father,
Open our hearts and minds, Give to parents, love and understanding,
to you and each other, in the responsibilities of family life.
so that this school community may be May the love and care of our homes,
a place of loving and learning. show your love and care for all your children.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.