St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Learning for Life"Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." (Luke 18:16)Our associated values are: Thankfulness, Respect, Honesty, Love and Resilience
Our pupils attend collective worship every day, which is planned, interactive and enjoyable. We follow the new Rochester Diocese format for worship, and welcome pupils, staff, governors and parents to join us in this celebration.
These are the comments our pupils make about worship at St Mary's:
Please note, from May 2020, years 5 and 6 pupils will be able to take Holy Communion preparation classes with Fr Dane in school. If your child is taking these classes they will receive Confirmation in July 2020, and will be able to receive Holy Communion during mass.
Planning for worship:
In this school year, we have discussed our values and community as a Church school. With this aim, we looked for a parable which represented our ethos and culture as a school. The pupils from the School Leadership Group chose the Parable of the Good Samaritan. They felt that this represented our school values and aims - that we are inclusive, accepting, welcoming, and will pick someone up if they fall down. The work on this piece of art work has now started, with local artist Sue Salter.
The medium used is paint on fabric, and the panels will be displayed in the school hall for us all to enjoy. The pupils have chosen to include the school values of honesty, thankfulness, resilience, love and respect in the pieces made; and the end panel will include a prayer chosen by the pupils.
Our Charity Work
This school year we have:
Raised £278.77 for the NSPCC
Given food to The Swanley Food Bank
Ash Wednesday 2020
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holiday, and often a day of fasting and prayer.It falls on the first day of Lent. This week the pupils at St Mary's have been learning about Lent, and why Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar.
In the mass at school on Wednesday we all received a blessing from Father Dane, and had an ash cross marked on our head. The ash was created by burning palm crosses.
Year 6 Unity Service 2020
Year 6 Christian Unity Service - St Peter's church, Hextable
Year 6 pupils from St Mary's CE Primary, St Bartholemew's Catholic Primary, Hextable Juniors, St Paul's CE Primary and High Firs Primary came together for a Unity Service, where the pupils were given the opportunity to take part in the readings and prayers, sing hymns( This Little light of mine and My Lighthouse) and participate in interactive activities linked to the readings from the bible.
We like to share how and what we plan for our worship time...