Bourne Elsea Park as a Church of England Academy

Bourne Elsea Park as a Church of England Academy

                  

Christian Values

At Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academy, we provide a safe and stimulating environment where all can flourish as children of God. Core Christian values permeate all aspects of school life and the children live out these values in all that they do. Each term has a different Christian Value as a focus, and the children take great pride in demonstrating how they are able to live this value out. Our Christian Values are:

Creation and Respect & Reverence

Friendship and Peace

Perseverance and Courage

Forgiveness and Compassion

Trust and Hope

Thankfulness and Humility

Term 2
Father Peter created Storm Elsea during his Collective Worship this week. The wind ‘howled’ around the hall and the rain ‘lashed’ down onto the floor as he shared with us the start of the story of ‘The Calming of the Storm’ (Matthew 8:23-27). This term our Christian Value is Peace and Father Peter told us that the miracle of Jesus stilling the storm teaches us that we can always trust in Jesus to bring us Peace. 
Father Peter talked about how at times our lives can feel a little bit troubled and it might feel like we are stuck in the middle of a big storm. But, when things go wrong, we can turn to Jesus and trust that he will help us through the hard times. Father Peter said that Jesus can give us peace in the middle of life’s storms and for this we give thanks.

Before leaving us, Father Peter shared a blessing he uses in Church to end each service in peace. The Collective Worship Council decided that it would be nice if we could write letters or prayers of Peace in our Whole School Reflection Area this term.

 

Term 1

Father Peter wasn’t his usual self during Collective Worship on Wednesday 6th September. In fact he was quite rude! He came into our school and talked over Mrs. Moore’s lovely introduction to our new Christian Value. He told her to “Hurry up I need to go” and “You weren’t listening, I’m busy.”

Thankfully it was all just for show and Father Peter was just introducing us to our new Christian Value: Respect and Reverence. He asked how Mrs. Moore must have been feeling when he treated her like that. Myla said she was probably feeling “sad” and Morgan thought she might be “upset.” He said that being disrespectful means that you can hurt people’s feelings. Father Peter went on to explain that when we respect people we value them and listen to them and that in and out of school we should value everyone. He read us the story of Jesus in the Temple and talked about how Jesus was someone who respected everyone, no matter who they were.

Over this term we will be exploring respect and linking this to our previous value of creation. We will be thinking carefully about how we should respect and take care of God’s World and everything in it.

 

 
Term 6

With the end of the school year nearing it seemed like the perfect time for us to reflect on our new Christian Value of Thankfulness.

As the old saying goes, we should “Count our blessings” and there are certainly many things to be thankful for over the past year. Here are some of the things our children have said they are thankful for:

“I am thankful for school and the teachers.” Evie

“I am thankful for my family and friends.” George

“I am thankful for Miss Seymour for helping me with my learning.” Florence

“I am thankful for everything.” Viktorija

We’ve been thinking about the different ways that we can say thank you. How do you say thank you? Our Collective Worship Council have created a collection of thanks by encouraging their friends to write messages of thanks on strips of paper and joined them together to make a paperchain.

                                                                  

Father Peter joined us on Wednesday 7th June to lead Collective Worship and to introduce our Christian Value for this term: Thankfulness. He explained to the children how important it is to be thankful, and not to take things for granted. He told us about the Parable of the Lost Coin, and how there was a lady who had 10 coins. One day 1 of these coins went missing. Instead of just being happy that she still had 9 other coins the woman searched high and low for the lost coin. Father Peter demonstrated how she swept every room until she found that coin. When she was reunited with her 10th coin she celebrated with her friends and was so thankful. Father Peter explained that we are all like the coins in God’s eyes. Even though there are lots of people on this Earth each one of us is precious and God will not give up on us. He ended our Collective Worship with a challenge: he told us that there are 86,400 seconds in every day and that we should try to find something to be thankful for every day

                

                                        

Term 5

Our Christian value this term is Trust. Trust is the basis of all stable relationships, including a person's relationship with God.

We have been thinking about:

  • What does it look like to have trust in someone?
  • What happens when someone breaks trust? This is linked to last term's value of forgiveness.
  • Which role models show different kinds of trust?

Collective Worship with Father Peter

On Wednesday 26th April Father Peter led our whole school Collective Worship. This term our Christian Value is Trust and we were introduced to the Bible Story for this term - The Parable of the Three Bags of Coins. The children listened carefully as Father Peter, explained the story using real coins and volunteers from the audience. He showed how the man in the story trusted his three servants with bags of coins. The first and second servants invested their coins and doubled the amount they had. The man said to them: “I trusted you with so little but next time I will trust you with more.” However the third servant decided to keep his coins safe and dug a hole in the ground and hid the coins. So when the man returned the third servant had the same number of pieces of gold. Father Peter explained to the children that through the Parable of The Three Bags of Coins Jesus teaches us that it is God’s wish that we use our special gifts and abilities instead of hiding them away. “The more trustworthy we are the more we are trusted with. The more we give, the more we are given.”  

 
Term 4

The story of Zacchaeus the tax collector was our focus for Term 4, demonstrating the Christian Value of Forgiveness. Fr Peter led Collective Worship at the start of the term and taught us a song with actions to help us remember the story. We loved the song and sang it all term!

Now Zacchaeus was a very little man

A very little man was he.

He climbed into the sycamore tree

For the Saviour he wanted to see,

For the Saviour he wanted to see.

 

And when the Saviour came that way

He looked into the tree.

He said now Zacchaeus you come down

I’m coming to your house for tea

I’m coming to your house for tea.

There are many verses in the bible that relate to forgiveness:

  • For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14)
  • Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Collosians 3:13)

           

Term 3

The parable of ‘The Lost Sheep’ is the foundation for our understanding of the Christian Value of ‘Perseverance’. At the start of the term, Fr Peter came and shared the parable with us. The shepherd shows great perseverance in searching for what was lost, just as God searches for us. Just like the shepherd, we have learnt to:

  • Not give up easily
  • Try, try and try again
  • Stick at a task and see a job through to the end

This has helped us in many areas of our school work:

  • Times tables
  • Spellings
  • Extended writing
  • ‘Take Care’ pieces of work

                                                            

We have looked at the many verses in the Bible that encourage Christians to persevere:

  • ‘We must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us’ (Hebrews 12:1)
  • ‘Keep your mind on Jesus… Then you won’t get discouraged and give up’ (Hebrews 12:3)

Term 2

The Christian Value that we focussed on in term 2 was 'friendship'. Friendship is important to us in so many aspects of life and is pertinent to the Christian way of living. The Bible has many references to friendship:

  • 'A friend loves at all times' (Proverbs 17:17)
  • 'If one falls down, a friend can lift him up' (Ecclesiastes 4:10)
  • 'I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’ (John 15:15)

The Bible story of Ruth and Naomi was at the centre of this value. Throughout this term, our children realised that when God made people, one way they were like God was the ability to offer and receive the gift of friendship.

Term 1

                               

We started the year by concentrating on the Christian Vale of ‘Creation’. The children read Bible stories relating to the story of Creation, and this was brought to life by the ‘Open the Book’ group from the Bourne Churches. The children have also looked at the creative spirit and talent within each of them that allows them to explore, celebrate and enjoy the world around them.

 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1)

                                                       

To Christians, all of life is a gift. It is our responsibility to ensure that we look after this gift and that it is not spoiled, but treasured and enjoyed by all.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship takes place daily and contributes significantly towards children’s spiritual development. Spirituality is valued and scope for reflection is provided both within the RE curriculum and throughout the school. This deepens children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) development.

Timetable for Collective Worship

Monday

Collective celebration

Tuesday

Choral Worship

Wednesday

Open The Book / Head of School – linked to Christian Value of term

Thursday

Class teacher – linked to Christian Value of term

Friday

Bible story

Collective Worship Council

The members of our Collective Worship Council are Freya, Jemima, Maisie, Sophia, Vicky and Lucy.

These children are responsible for the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of acts of worship. They take great pride in their roles and engage the whole school community with their ideas.

                                

Our Collective Worship Council can be seen here with a collection of props as they recreated the The Parable of the Three Bags of Coins. Father Peter really inspired the children with this, and this group of children have continued to inspire the rest of the school.

Please see our first Collective Worship Council Newsletter below. We can't wait to share more of our wonderful work with you.

Bourne Abbey Church

                 

We have close links with our own Bourne Abbey Church. We visit Church to celebrate Christian festivals and Fr Chris and Fr Peter are regular visitors in school.

We also welcome ‘Open The Book’ every other week, who are a group of representatives from each of the churches in Bourne. They use powerful drama techniques to bring stories from the Bible to life, with children and themselves acting out the roles.

Click here to visit the Bourne Abbey Church website - http://www.bourneabbey.org.uk/

Reflection areas

                            

We have Reflection areas throughout school. They are added to regularly as part of our Worship, and are a place that children can come to for a moment of quiet, to think or to pray.

These areas have a cross and the Bible as a focal point, and include other artefacts to help the children in thought and prayer. As part of their role, our Collective Worship Council contribute ideas for these areas and things that could be included.

Confirmation

During Years 5 and 6, the children have the opportunity to be Confirmed. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship.

Being Confirmed is seen by the children as one of the privileges of being in Year 5 and 6. The children attend a series of Confirmation sessions in school, led by Fr Chris and Fr Peter. During these sessions, they learn all about what Confirmation is and its significance in the life journey of a Christian.

Here is what some of our children had to say about their Confirmation:

  • "I liked having the support of my family in Church because my sister was baptised at the same time" - Leticia
  • "I feel it is important because it brought me a step closer to following my own beliefs, closer to God and Jesus" - Jazzy
  • "I was proud of myself. It was special because i was following in the footsteps of my Grandparents" - Poppy

 

 

  1. Worship Newsletter Feb 2017
  2. Worship newsletter May 2017