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:
"I like that we always start with prayer"
"She leaves us with something to think about".
"I like that we are using our school values"
"I like that we speak about God and the Bible"
"I like that she makes a list of what we said"
"Lots of hands are up"
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 been completed with local artist Sue Salter.
The medium used is paint on fabric, and the panels are 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 includes a prayer chosen by the pupils.
This school year (2021-2022)we have:
We have raised money for the Roald Dahl Epilepsy Foundation
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.