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St. Michael's Church of England Primary School Thorpe on the Hill

Being a Church School

Churches were the first to provide mass education in England and Wales, and The National Society was founded in 1811 to provide schools for poor children. The National Society still inspect Church Schools today.

The Church of England's purpose in its schools is providing a distinctive and effective education that reflects God's love for humanity. Church of England schools do not try to convert, but rather they give children from many walks of life the opportunity to learn within a Christian environment. In considering new provision the Church of England has an especial care for areas of social and economic disadvantage and for those who have least in life.

Within the context of the Christian faith, we aspire to nurture the spiritual dimension in our children. We embed Christian values at the heart of school life. This is reflected in the behaviour, attitude and performance of learners and staff alike. Teachers "go the extra mile" on behalf of others.  Spiritual Development is very much a part of everything we do at our school...

Spiritual Development at St Michael's 2020-21

 

At St Michael’s, Christian Values underpin our ethos and vision for our school.

Our vision is that we Believe and Achieve to be the Best we can be!  (BAB).  We believe and achieve in all that we do supported by our Christian values.  if we have faith/belief in ourselves and our community, then God will guide us to be the best that we can be and we will achieve.  This achievement will mean that we lead the 'best life' we can and develop the Christian understanding of being part of the Kingdom of God now and forever.

 

We follow the Lincolnshire Diocese Scheme of Work for RE which we supplement with the Understanding Christianity unit.  We have a long term plan which has been started this academic year.  We hope that our children will grow in knowledge, understanding and faith.

 

We also have excellent links with St Michael’s Church, Thorpe-on-the-Hill, and Revd. Vaughan leads worship at school – once a month. He also visits classrooms and spends time getting to know us and helping us feel confident to ask questions.  Revd. Parrott, our Bishop’s Visitor also leads a monthly worship at school.

 

Collective Worship is central to school life...it is the 'heartbeat' for us!  We are all invited to attend at the start of every day!  Children tell us that they love it...it's calm...it's fun...it's a safe place to be!  Much of what happens in Collective Worship underpins our work on spiritual development.  We have a long term plan where we focus on one of Christian values every half-term and link this to a bible story as well as looking at our value in everyday life.

We regularly hold Collective Worship at St Michael's Church and we have a permanent display which showcases our work to the local parish.  This is in the main worship area and updated half-termly.  We are working on developing reflective responses to our work from the parishioners.

We encourage other members of the local faith community to regularly support worship at school.

We actively invite parents to celebrate worship at school including our Harvest festival, Christingle Service and Easter Pilgrimage. Previously, we have held a toothpaste day to celebrate and promote a deeper understanding of the Holy Trinity as well as using fidget spinners to support this understanding!

There is more information about what happens in our Collective Worships on the front page of our website.  For existing parents, there is lots of information on Class Dojo about worship in school.

We have a Collective Worship Council who meet every week with Mrs Blanchard and Mrs Clifton - we try and make Collective Worship fun, inspiring and spiritual for us all!  We also organise some Collective Worships and monitor what happens in Collective Worship by using Class Dojo.

 

We support the Lincoln Larder when we donate our provisions from our Harvest Festival to them each year. We also support the Samaritan’s Purse Charity every Christmas - we donate shoe boxes with gifts to their appeal. Each term we have a focus charity and we raise funds to support these charities. 

This year, we have continued to work with our local community and combat loneliness.  Drawing on the ideas from the Community Café which we were part of, we now hold community coffee mornings in school and welcome the community in.  We also welcome community volunteers into school to support learning including reading...much of this has stemmed from Love Your Parish week where the school community engaged with the village community and shared a morning of 'spiritualness' through a 'talking walk'.  This year, we have made a Christmas Card for every member of the village which were hand delivered by the children.  We believe that it is important to support our children in understanding that charity work is more than raising money for a one-off charity but is about sustaining a link and supporting 'charity' by the giving of ourselves and our time.

The specific charities this year are:
Autumn Term 1 – Anaphylactic Campaign
Autumn Term 2 – Children in Need
Spring Term 1 – TBC
Spring Term 2 – Comic Relief
Summer Term 1 – TBC
Summer Term 2 – Friends of School

 

Each year, we receive a visit from our local Diocese who support us with ongoing ideas to continually improve - it is also nice to celebrate what we are doing well!  This is the last report from May 2019.

Diocesan Visit May 2019

Things are a little bit different at the moment so we have not had a Diocesan Visit since May 2019.  However, we had a virtual meeting in February 2021.

Here is our most recent SIAMS report...we are very happy with this and feel that this reflects us as a school.

St Michael's SIAMS report