The Value for the first half of the Autumn Term is : Wisdom
Mark 10 V 13-16
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Our identity as a church school is at the heart of what we do and we really believe that our pupils are entitled to our daily acts of worship to ensure the words in Mark 10 are fulfilled. Our school environment is one where our shared Christian values of Love, Forgiveness, Truthfulness and Friendship generate a safe, reflective space and a multitude of opportunities for pupils to develop spiritually.
Our Collective Worships are central to our status as a Church School and are held at the beginning of each day to enable the children to have a quiet and reflective start to their day. Worship at St. John’s takes place in a variety of places, both inside and outside and has a variety of formats.
On Monday’s we hold whole school worship in our school hall and it is led by a variety of religious leaders. Once a week there is a key stage worship in the hall that follows the half term value. This is led by the children and teachers and a follow up worship is provided for a class worship later in the week. On another day there is a year group worship that explores festivals that are taking place that week from a variety of religions. In some year groups the children plan, prepare and deliver this. Finally, each key stage has celebration worship in the hall, once a week, where the children’s celebrations from both indie and outside of school are celebrated.
Each September, new worship rep’s are chosen by their classes to support worship across the school. The children are responsible for ensuring that the worship table in their classroom has the correct items on: a cross, prayer dice, value board and Bible. They also regularly discuss and give suggestions as to how we could improve our worships at St.John’s.
We have a strong connection with St. John the Baptist Church and key events in the church calendar are celebrated through services at the church, led by different year groups. (Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost)