We are the Christian Ethos Group of St. Andrew’s Church of England (VA) Primary School.
The Christian Ethos Group is a group of children, governors, staff, church representatives, parents and our rector Joe Dent. This group aims to develop our Christian distinctiveness, promote our school values, enhance children’s education and develop links within the community. The children meet once every week and we invite the wider members to join us once each half term.
Our school is multi-cultural, our school family is made up of children from many different faiths. We all share the same values and we are determined to uphold these values in our school. We would like to tell you a little about our Ethos group and the impact that it is having on our school.
The role of the Ethos group is to help our children understand our school Christian Values. We meet in order to discuss aspects of our school’s commitment to our Christian ethos, to work on the value for that term and decide on the activities we would like to do. During the academic year 2016/17 we have plans to carry out all sorts of activities, such as leading worship. We ask fellow pupils for their opinion about our values and our worship and use their feedback to shape future worship. We report to our governors on what we have thought about, discussed and initiated.
Every half term Ethos group plan and deliver whole school worship on one of our values. The most important part of worship is reflection time, where children think about how the value can help them in their daily lives. The Ethos group place reflection prompts in each class's prayer space to encourage children to continue their reflection beyond whole school worship time.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119.105)