Our church, our community
We are linked to St Giles is the church at the centre of Holme village which is a stone’s throw from our front door! Our vicar is the Reverand Becky Dyball and our Lay Preacher is Barbara Lawes.
The school has a long and wonderful history with the church and we work closely together during the year on a variety of events across the Christian calendar. In accordance with the principles of the Church of England, our school promotes Christian values such as honesty, forgiveness and truth through all that we do. These values together with our ethos of working hard, inclusiveness, equal opportunities and striving for your goals, creating an environment in which each child and adult is valued for their contribution in our school community.
As a church school, our relationship with St Giles is hugely important as we jointly work together to develop and nurture Christian values amongst the children and provide a truly distinctive church ethos.
From the February 2019 - Christian Life of Our School pupil voice group surveys
How would someone coming to our school know we are a church school?
“There are signs and symbols (referencing the cross, prayer book and displays). They are visual metaphors”
The children also felt that the behaviour of the children made it clear that we are a church school – “We focus our behaviour around God,” “We reflect about Jesus and God”, “We say, what would Jesus do? If we are not sure about how to behave.”
What is it like coming to a church school?
The children were positive about the impact of coming to a church school and said that “We take Collective Worship seriously”. They also talked about the phrase “What would Jesus do?” to help them make good choices.
How does Collective Worship affect the way you might behave?
Some children talked about how calm it made them feel and that they like it when they can say their own prayer because, “I can say sorry to God”/ “I can say thankyou to God” /”I can reflect and think about me and what I need to do.”
Some of the older children said it helps them to think about their faith and it makes them “Stop and think.”