School Road, Charing, Ashford, Kent. TN27 0JN
01233 712277 Sarah Halliday - Office Manager

Christian Character

Living and Learning with Faith, Friendship and Fun

Our Christian Character

Our School is an inclusive family, Our School is an inclusive family, proud of our faith in God and our friendship with our community.

We develop respect, aspiration, curiosity, tolerance and determination.

We are a creative, compassionate and confident team.

Anglican beliefs about the nature of God and the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, have impact on all aspects of school life.

As a Church of England Primary School, Christian values underpin our ethos, our learning and our day to day school life.

In the summer of 2020, all members of the school community (pupils, parents, governors and staff) were involved in the creation of our new vision and the selection of our five Christian values:

Love        Friendship        Truth        Hope        Kindness

Our visions and values are all linked together in the Creation Story (Genesis, Chapter 1) and our motto

Living and Learning with Faith, Friendship and Fun

We will be exploring this with the school community at the beginning of this school year. Please come back and see what we have done.

Reflection Areas

Each class has a cross and a Christian reflection area which are added to and changed regularly.  They provide opportunities and space for children to think more deeply about aspects of worship, the school values, their personal faith, and their relationships with God, each other and the wider world. The children work with their teachers to develop these areas during class worship sessions.

We also have two whole school community reflection areas in the main office building and by the hall.  These areas have different Bible verses and themes to engage the children and adults.  Visitors are encouraged to use and contribute to our reflection area near the office.

In term 1, we will be thinking about our new vision and how we can show this around the school and community.

Collective Worship

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”                                                                John 4:23-24

Collective worship is an important part of our daily school life.  It is a time when the school comes together to learn about and reflect on the messages of the Bible and Jesus Christ, to praise God and Jesus and to reflect on the ways that the Christian teachings impact on and influence our own lives.

Our worship in school looks different in the current climate, but we are still ensuring that children and staff have the opportunity to take part in a collective worship session each day. This may be in the form of a class worship, a pre-recorded session from an SLT member, or a whole school ‘Zoom’ celebration worship.

Pupil Worship Leaders

This year we will be developing the role of worship leaders from Badger and Owl classes. These children will support staff in whole school and class worships, preparing readings, prayers, leading worship sessions and developing class and whole school reflection areas.

Children will apply for the posts and be supported to develop the role in the best way that they can, using their unique skills and talents. Please come back to see who our Worship Leaders are and what they have been up to around the school.

Worship in Church

The church of St Peter and St Paul is located 5 minutes away from the school in the heart of the village.  Each term we aim to hold an act of worship in the church which relates to the church or school calendar such as a Mothering Sunday Service, a Christmas service and a Leavers’ service.  Classes visit the church to support the children’s understanding of Christian traditions and beliefs, and the R.E. curriculum.