School and Church Links
School and Church Links
The school has strong and varied links with the church. These are at a local level with our village church, St Mary’s, as well aswith the four other Benefice churches and their communities. At a diocesan level we have links to Ely cathedral and its personnel and at a national/international level,illustrated by our fundraising activities,to the villages (church and schools) of Karukekereand Kenokwein the diocese of Mara in Tanzania.
The Governing Board has three Foundation Governors who are responsible for ensuring that Christian values are sustained throughout the daily life of the school and its regular acts of worship. Our vicarandanother local ministerlead whole school Collective Worship every week and there is a weekly Worship Club which involves pupils in the planning of worship in the school. Other governors monitor acts of worship for the whole school and for individual classes, both in church and in school.
Links are embedded when the school has its monthly Collective Worship in the churchand these may be in addition to special occasions such as the Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Families and friends are invited to attendand the church is often full. Refreshments are provided by the PCC (Parochial 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.
The Benefice congregations are informed about these services in the ‘Forthcoming Events’ section in the church weekly notice sheet.
Members of the church congregation are very supportive of the school in a practical sense, too. 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. The latest addition is a collection of ten ‘Worship bags’ for children’s use during Benefice church services (baptisms, weddings etc). These have been recently made by a group of Y3/4 pupils and are now hanging in the children’s area of the church.
For the school, there is a cloth for the Worship table 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 this recently funded the ‘Worship bags’ and South American hand painted crosses which are now in each classroom, the school hall and entrance area.
News of the school activities is given at each PCC meeting and there are annual joint church/school fundraising events such as the very successful Summer Fair at the end of June.
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.
School and Village Links
The school prides itself on its strong and varied links with the local community. Care and concern for the local environment, people and places are embedded in the life of the school.
One of the main sources of linkage is via the monthly village magazine, the Bulbeck Beacon, which all households receive free of charge. Joint events are both advertised here and reported on afterwards. Examples include the annual village Summer Fair which raises funds for both the church and the school, the Easter Fun Dayon the Dennyand the school’s bonfire and firework party. Also, in every Beacon issue is a summary of the school’s news which informs the local community of the special activities that have occurred during the previous month.
A special mention must be made of the school’s links with the local charity Red2Green which provides services for people with a wide range of disabilities. A recent joint venture with the school was called ‘War Detectives’. This focused on sharing memories of Swaffham Bulbeck’s World War (www.red2green.org)
Links with the Parish Council are strong and can be illustrated by the involvement of the children in designing a new look for the facilities on our village green (the Denny),the development of a wooded area now open to the public and the annual joint Remembrance Day service held at the village War Memorial. A report of school life is always given at the AGM of the Parish Council.
In addition to this, the school now has a Governor on the Village Plan Working Group looking at the future planning of the village.