Collective Worship and Picture News
Mirrors, Windows and Doors
Unfortunately, due to current unprecedented times, our school community have been unable to come together and take part in a face to face Worship.
However, through the wonders of modern technology, we have been able to join together as a school remotely each week. Children are now also starting to be able to lead these Worships, which is lovely!
Children and their parents who are unable to attend school, can use the links provided below to access Worships via The Church of England and Oak Academy.
Our School Vision
“Nurturing minds. Fulfilling lives.”
“The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
We want all our children to know that God is with them and will continue to be throughout their lives. The bible tells us that when we draw close to God he equips us with the fruits of his spirit Galatians 5:22 including Love, Joy, Peace and Kindness.
Within a school context we believe nurturing minds, fulfilling lives expresses our core vision for education and we use the Parable of the seeds to illustrate this. Mark 4:1-20 Philippians 4:8 reminds us “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” this links to our understanding of the importance of developing a positive metacognitive script that helps us to continue to grow through life.
John 10:10b outlines Jesus’ intention for us all to live a life in all its fullness and our curriculum aims to broaden children’s experience and deepen their skills and abilities in order to do this. We recognise that for many life is tough and to experience success sometimes things don’t come easily. The Japanese art of kintsugi shows us that even our scars can be made beautiful and useful.
Children are reminded that just like seeds they need to be careful to be rooted in fertile soil if they are to flourish and that they have responsibility to make good choices to support this. As a school we aim to ensure that our school environment is as fertile as possible so that even our most vulnerable pupils are able to flourish.
An extension of our vision are our learning attitudes: Creativity, Spirituality, Responsibility and Aspiration, these further define all that we do.
As a school, we look at the Picture News. This covers various topics, covering news of what has been happening in the world around us.
Unfortunately, as we are not currently able to do a dedicated school worship, where the children would join together and learn through discussion; we have set up this page to enable parents, carers and children to access this great resource.
Each week there is a different topic for discussion along with a zip file, which contains supporting resources for you and the children to use.
18th - 24th January Showing Thanks
Story: ‘Clap for Carers’ has returned in 2021 as ‘Clap for Heroes’.
Question: How can we show our thanks to those who help us?
11th - 17th January Soldiers
Story: During the Coronavirus pandemic the armed forces have been asked to help with testing, supporting lorry drivers at Dover and in many other ways.
Question: How do soldiers help us in times of need?
4th - 10th January Pets
Story: Some pets bought on impulse at the beginning of lockdown are being rehomed.
Question: Should anyone be allowed to buy a pet?
14th - 20th December Care
Story: This year’s John Lewis Christmas advert revolves around a theme inspired by the kindness of the British public during the coronavirus pandemic.
Question: How can we show we care from afar?
7th-13th December Memories
Story: Two notebooks thought to be worth millions of pounds, belonging to the scientist Charles Darwin, have been reported stolen from Cambridge University.
Question: How can we keep our memories alive?
30th November - 6th December Ancient Monuments
Story: Plans to dig a road tunnel, near the ancient monument site of Stonehenge in Salisbury, have been approved by the Transport Secretary.
Question: Should a tunnel be allowed to be built near Stonehenge?
23rd - 29th November Equal Opportunities
Story: Boys’ elite football academies for under-16s have been allowed to continue during England's four-week lockdown but girls' equivalent regional training centres were initially stopped.
Question: Should we always be treated the same?
16th - 22nd November Being Active
Story: Personal trainer Joe Wicks is running his at home workouts for a second time during the second lock period.
Question: What are the best ways for us to keep active?
Picture News Special!
The US election results, learn more about President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elec Kamala Harris.
9th -15th November Cruise Ships
Story: Cruise ships around the world have found themselves docked due to current travel restrictions.
Question: Should we repurpose unused cruise ships?
2nd - 8th November Voice
Story: Footballer Marcus Rashford has been campaigning for the UK government to extend the free school meals scheme over school holiday periods.
Question: Do famous people have a responsibility to use their voice to help others?
19th - 25th October 2020 Fundraising
Story: One school in Cornwall have successfully campaigned for future red noses to be changed from plastic to a more sustainable material.
Question: Is selling red noses a good way to raise money?
5th - 11th October 2020 Sportsmanship
Story: One runner lets another past at the end of a race following a wrong turn.
Question: Should you always try to win?
28th September - 4th October 2020 - Changing Rules
Story: Covid marshals may be introduced in some areas to help people follow new rules.
Question: Should you always report those who aren’t following rules?
21st - 27th September 2020 - Visits
Story: A charity are campaigning to allow clearer guidance on how care homes can open their doors safely to visiting family and friends.
Question: Should visits to care homes be allowed?
14th - 20th September - Without A Home
Story: A homeless charity is campaigning for rules to be changed so that empty offices can be changed to shelters for those without homes over winter.
Question: How can we help those without a home?
7th - 13th September 2020 - Community
Story: A Brazilian tribe are blocking a road to protest against the lack of support they’ve received from the government.
Question: Should we always stand up for our communities?