As a church school, we work closely with the local church – St Patricks – and are part of the Diocese of York. There are several times throughout the year where we participate in services in the church such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas. We also carry out End of Year services for the children who are moving onto secondary school.
You can visit the St Patrick’s Church website for more information here http://www.stpatrickspatrington.org.uk/
Our Christian values underpin school life across the whole school and we show mutual respect to those with different beliefs. The important values identified for this year are:
Forgiveness, including Compassion and Friendship, Respect, Trust, Perseverance and Creativity.
These are explored in depth, through stories, scenarios, reflection and discussion. Our new PSHE resource, ‘Heartsmart’ is an excellent starting stimulus to develop children’s self-esteem. As a church school we also promote ‘courageous advocacy’.
Children learn about and develop our Christian values in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment. Each worship involves music, quiet opportunity for reflection and our School Prayer.
We have whole school Collective Worship on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. During our Collective Worship, we have bible readings and stories, as well as discussions based on the Christian Value of the term. On a Wednesday, we have collective worship as a phase where staff share Bible stories and readings, again in line with the current Christian Value, and have opportunities to hold more focused discussions. On a Friday, the whole school gathers once more for a Collective Worship where the achievements of the children are recognised. Each month, parents are invited to join our celebrations.
Through worship children are made aware of world celebrations and other significant events such as Remembrance Sunday.
Termly Worship Leaders are elected by each class to play a part in planning whole school worship. Children are invited to write prayers for assemblies and can discuss themes with their peers during collective worship.
We value visitors into school to lead Collective Worship alongside our Worship Leaders such as a local churches group who deliver ‘Open the Book’ assemblies, our local vicar, Reverend Carol, members of the Governing Body and representatives from other faiths.