Our Christian ethos is a key influencer in the positive relationships we hold dear in our school community. We celebrate our unique ethos and seek to encourage every child to recognise they are loved and valued by us and God. The links with our local church, St Michael's and All Angels, are valued and we aim to contribute to both church and community. We feel strongly that:
‘Church schools have a reputation for securing transformational outcomes for young people by combining academic rigour with a rounded approach to personal development, rooted in the worship and other shared practices that characterise the life of their community.’ Quote taken from the Church of England’s vision for education: ‘Deeply Christian, serving the common good’
School Definition of Spirituality
Spirituality is the heartbeat of our school. It is how we understand our place in the world, believing in something so much larger than ourselves: recognising our strengths and weaknesses and having the confidence to challenge ourselves and ask the “big questions”.
Spirituality enhances our sense of identity and purpose; it affirms Christian values which underpin our attitudes and learning, and which provide the foundations for how we behave to each other.
spiritual experience is that which enables, or enhances, greater personal integration within a framework of relationships by fostering exploration, conscious and otherwise, of identity and purpose, transcending the current level of self-knowledge and altering, or regaining, appropriate perspectives and values’.
On Friday, 11th November the whole school gathered in the playground to take part in the annual Service of Remembrance including the national two minutes silence. The service was led by Major Becher and Mrs Carter and was attended by a number of parents - some in uniform - and members of the local community. A number of children participated in the service including the Head Boy and Head Girl as well as some of our Bourne Forces children. The Last Post and Reveille were beautifully played by Luke and the Winterbourne Military Children’s Choir sang a beautiful rendition of the 23rd Psalm.
Yr6 children helped create a Poppy Wreath which was presented part way through the service along with large poppies made by the Bourne Forces children.
Following the service a number of serving and ex-military guests visited with each class to talk of their own experiences during their military service and to answer the children’s questions.
In worship, our school chaplain Georg has been exploring the Eucharist and how the symbolism of Bread & Wine connects with Remembrance.
Salisbury Radio covered the story here: primary-school-welcomes-serving-families-for-remembrance-service