As a Church of England school our daily act of Collective Worship (or Assembly) is a special time that brings together members of the school community to worship God.
At the beginning of Daily Worship a child lights the candle and we say together:-
"We light this candle to remind us that God is always with us."
At the close of Worship as the candle is put out we say:-
"Even though this candle is out, we still remember that God is always with us."
Our Morning Prayer
Thank you for giving this new day to me
Help me to make it one that pleases you,
by doing my best in everything.
Worship is led by teachers, children and visitors. During class assemblies, families are invited into school and we are extremely grateful for the tremendous parental support we have. Groups of children are encouraged to prepare and lead worship based on one of our themes. These opportunities allow them to gain valuable leadership experience and extend their ability to think and reflect on a wide range of global issues.
We also hold family Bread-Sharing Services for Reception and KS1 children and Eucharists which KS2 children take part in.
Our worship is further enhanced by weekly visits from The Reverend Chris Swift, Rector of St Nicholas Church or The Reverend Pamela Barrie. The children are further challenged to think, ask questons and share their views and about the world around them.
Our themes are based on the Christian values listed below: -
Our core values of Friendship, Compassion and Trust reflect the aspirations we have for each child, to inspire a high level of spiritual and moral reflection and to challenge our learners to take responsibility for their own actions.
More information about these values can be found at www.christianvalues4schools.co.uk.
Alternatively, talk to the children who will happily share their understanding of our school values and the impact this makes on their learning and behaviour.
In October 2017, we were inspected by the National Society. We were graded as Outstanding.
'Leaders, governors and clergy share an ambitious Christian vision for a school where pupils of all faiths and none share a sense of spirituality that helps them thrive academically and personally. '
The full report can be read under the 'Achievement' tab.
British Values at St Nicholas
We have a strong, distinctive Christian identity with shared values informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ; these are Friendship, Thankfulness and Trust and were chosen by the school community. These values and our commitment to every child growing socially, morally, spiritually and culturally are intrinsic to the life of our school and are what make it a very special place. Our curriculum statement shares that our school ‘prepares the children for their future as successful and confident young people who are able to express their own opinions whilst respecting those of others.’ Our Curriculum Map and ‘Big Questions’ further outline the experiences and opportunities that children have access to.
The information below outlines further our cross-curricular approaches to Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) Education, as well as the British Values of Democracy, Respect and Tolerance, The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty.
At St Nicholas, we specifically teach that:-
No one is above the Law; the same rules apply to everyone whether rich or poor.
The Monarch is the Head of the Church and together with the House of Commons and the House of Lords they are the supreme authority.
Everyone has a right to be treated equally, belonging to a different race or religion should not make any difference. Everyone, whatever their race or religion, should deal with each other in a tolerant and open way.
People are allowed to speak freely and to hold their own opinions, even if they are eccentric, as long as no harm results to others.
People can buy and sell property, land or belongings, they can sign contracts and have them honoured, without fear of confiscation by the state or other people.
It is great to volunteer and to support causes that explore the interests and needs of a community and to work out for themselves the best way to operate within the law.
Being part of a loving, kind and disciplined environment by being part of a stable, loving family and wider community helps us all to grow happily.
We can learn about achievements and mistakes of the past and valuing the rights and obligations that have gradually emerged out of the history of Britain.
Below is our School Friendship video that each class helped to make to symbolise 'friendship' at ST Nicholas.
Every child also contributed to our 'Creation' Mosaic, which is on display at the front entrance.