Love God, love ourselves,
love others, love learning.
We worked with Mr. P Wood (an artist) during one of our Art and Spirituality weeks to paint the values above.
We have very close links with St Paul's Church which is just down the road from our school. Reverend Guy, vicar at St Paul's, is on our Board of Governors and he is a regular visitor to school. Reverend Simon Lloyd, curate at St Paul's, does assemblies for us alongside Reverend Guy. They are our St Paul's double act!
Many of our governors attend St Paul's Church, and they support us really well. St Paul's church is definitely part of our family!
They taught us about God’s love using hoops and even make a band!
We hope all is well with you and your families in these very strange times. We are praying for our school, our community, our country and our world. We have a special e-mail just for prayer requests. If you would like Rev Guy or the staff prayer team to pray for you, your family or your current circumstances please use the following email.
Over the last few years our Ethos Encouragers have been really busy. They continue to work with Mrs Jeffery and Mrs Wood to plan our worship and discuss other ideas which will help develop further our school ethos.
Our very first group of Ethos Encouragers met together to decide which Bible stories would best illustrate our values.
The resulting paintings are stunning!
Our most recent Ethos Encouragers have been continuing the fabulous work of the last team who suggested we should have a forgiveness bench in school. They explained that this would be a place where children could go and talk and then forgive each other.
The Key Stage 2 children came up with some amazing designs which were sent to Ursula Hurst @artdaze.
At St. Paul's we feel that our Worship (Assembly) times are vitally important. During these times of stories, music, reflection and prayer we feel encouraged and strengthened for the day and week ahead.
We would encourage you to ask your children what we have been learning and praying about in worship. If your child has to isolate for any reason there are some ideas below from our worship which you could share with your child.
This half term our value is Justice. We will be learning about Courageous Advocacy and thinking about how we can make a difference to our town.
At the end of the Spring Term we had our whole school outside worship for Easter. Some of our Year 6 children told the story and we all enjoyed joining in with the singing and actions. The week before Year 3 and 4 performed Resurrection Rock. It was brilliant! Parents came to watch too.
Year 1 made Easter Gardens to share the Easter story with us all and we put them in our whole school worship areas. Which parts are the Easter story can you spot?
Last half term during the church season of Lent the value we learned about FORGIVENESS. We discovered what a difference forgiving others and being forgiven can make in our own lives and in the world around us. Rev Simon told us a story about a boy and a wasp. Ask your child if they can remember it!
In the first half of the Spring Term we were thinking about our value of PERSEVERANCE. We know we need to try to keep going when things are tough or if we struggle with some aspects of learning. We also know that God can help us.
Our EYFS children have a special action for the word Persevere. Ask them or any of us to show you!
When we came back to school in January we leaned about Epiphany during our whole school Zoom worship. We enjoyed listening to Bishop Philip, he showed us some real Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
In the second half of the Autumn Term our value was joy. We thought about the joy which creation gives in Autumn and the joy of serving others. We enjoyed celebrating together the joy of the Christmas Season.
Our Year 1 children wrote some prayers about joy. They thanked God for the joy they have and the joy of the Christmas Season but also asked God to help them bring joy to others.
Our whole school went onto the Key Stage 2 yard on the 11th Nov. Mrs Wood led us in an Act of Remembrance and Mrs Martin came specially to play the Cornet before and after our two minutes silence.
Our whole school went out on to the KS 2 yard for our Christmas Carol service. Our KS 2 children did readings of the Christmas Story and we all had finger lights! Our Two Rev’s joined us too!
In September our value was love. We want all our children to know that they are loved by God and that they can demonstrate love to others. We also encourage them to develop a love of learning.
Our outdoor prayer space is constantly developing.
The Prayer Shelter looks out over Pendle Hill an amazing view and an inspirational place to pray. The staff even use it for their after school prayer meeting weather permitting!
This year due to the pandemic we were unable to have our usual Leavers’ Service in the hall. We did however all still meet together socially distant on the Key Stage 2 yard with parents joining us on the outskirts of the playground too!
(At least it was warmer than when we did this at Christmas and Easter!)
Our Year 6 children then walked around the outside of school whilst each class came out to wave them goodbye! A few tears were shed. We look forward to hearing news of their adventures at Secondary School!
Lisa who works for Blackburn diocese and is a friend of our school has also produced a worship resource.
It is called Off the Shelf and can be found on the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education page of youtube.
Bishop Philip who visited school has also made some videos for schools. Follow this link to see this clip about Lent.