School and Church Links
The school has very strong and varied links with the church. These are at a local level with our village church, St Mary’s, and its community; at a diocesan level with our links to Ely cathedral and its personnel and lastly at a national/international level illustrated by our fundraising activities over many years for the village (church and schools) of Karukekere in Tanzania.
The governing body has three Foundation Governors who are responsible for ensuring that Christian values are sustained through the daily life of the school and its regular acts of worship. One of these governors is our vicar who leads whole school Collective Worship once a month and runs a weekly Christian Club to involve pupils in the planning of worship in the school. The other two governors also regularly lead worship in the school as well as monitoring other acts of worship both for the whole school and for individual classes.
Links are embedded when the school has its four services a year in the church, starting with the Harvest Service in October. Families and friends are invited and the church is always full. Refreshments are provided by the PCC (Parish Church Council) and this gives an opportunity to foster important links between church and school. At these services, we have a ‘Feedback Book’ in which the congregation is invited to share its thoughts and observations.
Members of the church congregation are very supportive of the school in a practical sense, too. Recent joint ventures now in the church have included the wall banner, a Church Guide for children and seating cushions for the pews, as well as bell ringing sessions for some of the older pupils. For the school, there is an altar cloth and a hand-made cross to go on it – a smaller version of the one in church. The school also has an annual donation from the PCC and news of school activities is given at each PCC meeting.
There are so many church/school links and, since 2010, most of them have been documented and illustrated, where appropriate. A copy of these shared activities is available in school.
For more details about St Mary’s Church go to: www.angleseygroupparishes.co.uk
For more details about The Diocese of Ely go to: www.ely.anglican.org