‘Love your neighbour as yourself’
‘Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding’
‘Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord’
What is being added by being a Church of England School?
Church schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not just important because they are members of the school but because they are seen as unique individuals within God's creation.
Church schools recognise that as well as academic and emotional focus everyone also needs spiritual support. The spiritual aspects of life will be recognised, and nurtured alongside the academic and emotional needs of all.
Church schools are places where challenge through questioning is encouraged as through time this can make sense of the world, the gift of life and the purpose of our own personal lives.
The purpose of a Church of England school is to offer a spiritual dimension to the lives of young people, within the traditions of the Church of England, in an increasingly secular world.
Our Church Links.
Both the church and the school are integral to the community as both seek to enrich the lives of all members of the community. The churches have an important part to play in the life of the school. Working with the staff and the governors, the church, through leadership of collective worship and school services seek to ensure that each child grows spiritually. Our hope is that every child should know that they are unique, special and that in their daily lives they should exhibit the school’s distinctive Christian values.
St James' Church in Harvington is part of The Arch Benefice. Please click on the link below to find out further information.
Children are encouraged to write and read their own prayers in our Collective Worship. Children may, if they wish, write a prayer to be read out, bring their own prayer to read or have read, and write prayers for a specific Collective Worship service such as Harvest Festival, Remembrance or Christmas.
Teachers also read prayers as part of Collective Worship. We also regularly say our School Prayer and the Lord's Prayer:
School Prayer (written by our Sunshine Group and our Governors)
Dear Father God our helper
Thank you for all the days at our school
Please help our community to follow in your footsteps and Persevere on our journey by
Friendship with others as Together We Achieve.
As we search for the Truth
We ask all this in Jesus’ name
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power and the glory,
For ever and ever.
‘understanding something about myself and the world and making connections with them both’
Everyone is in some sense a spiritual being. Spirituality is part of our church school ethos as it reflects the Christian belief that God made people in his image and that we all share in His purposes to bring life and allow His creation to flourish. This is part of creating an ethos that is both distinctive and inclusive. Spirituality is not just developed through RE, it is a focus across the curriculum and full school life.
Some of the characteristics of a spiritually developing person are: hopeful, reflective, forgiving, loving, truthful, peaceful, joyful, being able to show empathy, curiosity, a sense of belonging, creativity awe and wonder. These qualities are developed in all parts of the curriculum and school life.
As a Church of England school our whole curriculum reflects a Christian ethos that is both distinctive but inclusive. (This means distinctively Christian but inclusive of others)
Through our Collective Worship, our learning and school activities, we help children to recognise their value and place in God's world.
A Framework for Spirituality
In our school we teach this through the framework of Self, Others, Beauty, Beyond and Love. The subject of LOVE should be a thread through all worship, as we help children to develop a love of self, a love of others, a love of beauty (God’s World) and a love of God and what lies beyond their everyday experiences.
SELF – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of self – the inner persons and the way that this shapes an individual’s perception of themselves as a unique human being. Spiritual learners reflect on the relationship that they have with their sense of being a unique person.
OTHERS – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of others – a growing empathy, concern and compassion for how to treat others. Spiritual learners reflect on how their values and principles affect their relationships with others.
BEAUTY – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of physical and creative world – a growing relationship with beauty through the ability to respond emotionally to experiences of the wonder of the natural world and the results of human creativity. Spiritual learners explore their understanding of beauty and the affect this has on their perception of and relationship with the world.
BEYOND – Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of the beyond – a growing relationship with the transcendental and the ability to explore experiences beyond the everyday. Spiritual learners search for meaning in their very existence and their place in the greater scheme of things
Please read our Spirituality Policy for more information.