The Christian Values we are particularly focusing on this half term through our Worship are Thankfulness and Love
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” Anon
We will be looking at why being thankful is important and discussing what the children are thankful for in their lives.
Thankfulness and Love have always been at the centre of the life and worship of Christians. ‘Songs of Thankfulness, Love and praise…’ are at the heart of Christian worship.
A special values worship is usually held in the final week of term to recognise, celebrate and reward two children from each class who have shown these values throughout the half term.
What do we do in school in response to thankfulness?
We show our appreciation for pupil’s achievements through giving certificates, Dojos, rewards and lots of praise.
We show our thankfulness through our support to charities that help others who are not as fortunate as ourselves
For Christians the greatest of all acts of worship is simply called Thanksgiving’ or Eucharist.
In our worship we will be looking at what the Bible says about THANKFULNESS and LOVE.
We will explore stories from the Bible around the theme of Thankfulness and Love such as; A Thankful Leper – Luke 17:11-19, The Song of the Sea – Exodus 15:1-19, The Psalms of David, Paul’s Thanksgiving for His Friends, The Good Samaritan Luke- 10:26-37, Zaccheus- Luke 19:1-10, The Vine and the Branches- John 15:9-15 and Jesus’ Parables.
Key Bible readings will include: John 3 v16, Exodus 36 v26, Ephesians 4 v27, James 1v19, Ephesians 4v 32, Psalm 51 v10, Luke 6 v 45, 1 Corin 13 v4 and 5, Corin 13V 6-7, Psalm 136:26, Ephensians 5:19-20, Psalm 118:24, 1 Chronicles 16.3
We will celebrate Harvest and collect for our local food bank to support others in need in our community.
A message about LOVE
We believe that every child is special and that we are privileged to have them in our care for their primary education. Every pupil at St Clement’s is treated equally but that doesn’t mean every child is treated the same, as we acknowledge that every child’s needs are different and must be met in different ways.
The Christian value of Love underpins everything we do in our school. We believe that through a focus on LOVE, we can work together as part of a strong and supportive family.
Matthew ch 22v38 “ LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF”
Additional Worship Information
Reverend Paul from St.Clements Church will be visiting to lead our collective worship every Wednesday morning. The theme this term will be “Creation Stories and Faith Heroes.
We will also have other visitors in school to lead our Thursday morning worship.
Our current PSE Heartsmart theme “Get Heartsmart!” will form part of our worship at St Clements during the first part of the Autumn term. Heartsmart assemblies led by staff members.
We want the children to know that we all have a body, a mind and a heart.
The heart is the epicentre of who we are, the driving force of why we do what we do. We want the children to understand that there are times to listen to our heart and times to lead our heart. Jesus says in Matthew 22: 36-40 that loving God and loving others and ourselves are the two greatest commandments. If we want to live well we need to love well. This is HeartSmart.
The heart is effectively a pump. It pumps out what comes in. Biologically speaking, this is blood. Emotionally speaking, this is our friends, what we watch, how we think and what we surround ourselves with. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “Guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” We encourage children to consider what they allow in to their hearts and to equip them in the area of self-regulation. We want them to know that they have a choice of what they allow into their hearts and to understand what we mean and don’t mean when we use the word, ‘love’.
UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award- As part of our journey towards achieving the Silver RRSA award worship will focus on aspects and articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The right of the month for SEPTEMBER will be:
Article 12 of the Convention establishes the right of every child to freely express her or his views, in all matters affecting her or him, and the subsequent right for those views to be given due weight, according to the child’s age and maturity.
“You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously”.
OCTOBER- Article 2/30 (Link to Black History Month)
Article 2- The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.
“All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis”.
Article 30- Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
“You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right”.
Other important days/events that will be recognised and celebrated through worship this half term are:
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE IN CHURCH
THANK FOR VICAR WEEK
WELCOME SERVICE IN CHURCH FOR OUR NEW RECEPTION CLASS
WORLD FAITH FESTIVALS SUCH AS JEWISH SUKKOT
BIG questions– Through collective worship, children will also be encouraged to think about, reflect upon and discuss important questions.
Wk beg 15.9- Are the best things in life free?
20.9- Could a robot replace your teachers?
27.9- If animals could speak, what do you think they would say?
4.10- Why is Jesus called “The Lord of the Harvest?”
11.10- Can you think yourself happy?
18.10- What do you wish you had known before you started school?
Here at St Clement’s Primary School we have close links with our local church St Clement’s church. Please find a link to the local church website:
On their website they have information about the events that they hold and how to get in touch with them.
Leprosy Mission– CAN YOU HELP!!!! We collect used postage stamps!!!
It is hard to believe that a bunch of used stamps can help transform the life of someone affected by leprosy. But the fact is that it can!
Over the past 30 years, TLM Stamps & Collectables has raised more than £1 million to benefit people affected by leprosy. It takes seconds to rescue a used stamp from an envelope destined for the recycling bin but, by doing so, healthcare and opportunities can be provided to people in desperate need.
If you have any used postage stamps that you want to give towards the Leprosy Mission then please bring them into school.
Worship in school
Class Reflection Areas
Each classroom has a space for children to go to reflect- this could be sitting quietly, reading a book, drawing a picture, looking at the special things in the area or writing a prayer for the class prayer box.
Reception Class Welcome Worship-
On Wednesday 21st October, our Reception Class Welcome Service was different than usual in that we had to hold the service in the Reception Classroom instead of in St Clements Church or our hall with our families and friends. Despite the change, the children enjoyed the special video message from St Clements Church and joined in a song that the church had recorded too. We all prayed and sent special wishes to our reception pupils for a happy and successful time in our school over the years to come. Each child then received their own Bible and everyone clapped one another as Mrs Parker called out the names.
To finish, each class also sent a gift to welcome our reception class- beautifully made cards, nice books to read and a plant to look after too!
Here are some photographs from the service:
Thank Your Vicar Worship
On Tuesday 20th October, we thanked Reverend Paul and Curate Daniel for their hard work in school and in our local community. We learnt more about what they do and each class gave them a thank you gift.
Thank Your Vicar Week gives our Church of England primary school the opportunity to say a big thank you to our vicar. We have had to change the way we have said thank you to Reverend Paul and Curate Daniel this year! Instead of holding a worship to present them with their thank you cards and gifts for all they do in our school & community, they have collected them from the office.
Here’s a photo showing what each class made for them:
On Thursday 8th October, we held our Harvest worship in classes. We usually have a church service. Unfortunately this could not happen so harvest themed worship took place in classes throughout the week.
We ran a charity collection from now up until half term. Packaged and tinned items along with toiletries such as soap, shower gel, shampoo, toilet rolls, sanitary and baby products were very welcome and appreciated.
A big thank Thank you to parent/carers for their kind support and assistance for adults and children in crisis in our community.
Thanks to those families and staff who donated and also to Mrs Rogers for her organisation of our Harvest worship.
Poppy Appeal/ Remembrance Day 2020
Again this year we have been supporting the Poppy Appeal. This year, the Royal British Legion, have not sent their usual paper poppies into school for us to sell. They have instead, sent in a range of merchandise such as zip cords , reflector poppy to go on coats or bags; wristbands & snap bands to help those wounded in service to our country & their families. Thank you to all the pupils and families who have donated to this cause.
On Wednesday 11th November 2020, our Year 6 pupils went to pay their respects to all those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country so we can live as we do today. Mrs St Hill and Mrs Campbell took the class to Abbey Hey cenotaph where they looked at the names of local people who had died. Prayers were read and poppy symbols were also left to show our respect and gratitude.
In KS1, the pupils learnt about remembrance day. Year 1 had a go at making their own poppies and a beautiful poppy wreath was made by pupils in Year 2.