What is a Church School?
The former Archbishop of Canterbury explains:
“A Christian school is one in which the atmosphere has that kind of openness about it, that sense that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow, need loving attention. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone involved has to share the same theology or philosophy. It doesn’t mean that everyone knows that they have this relationship with God, and is consciously working at it. But a Christian school is one in which the entire atmosphere is pervaded by a conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful in everybody.”
How do we fulfil the Church of England’s vision for education at Eastchurch?
At Eastchurch C of E Primary School, we are deeply Christian in character by living out our School Christian Values daily. Collective Worship is the ‘heartbeat’ of our school day, setting the tone for the behaviour and ethos of our school family.
Our Christian values of forgiveness, honesty, respect, kindness, courage and love underpin and enhance everything we ALL do within the community and fellowship of our school.
We are developing spiritual areas both inside and outside of the classrooms. The staff made a start in the summer and the children will be continuing to develop these over the coming months. Here are some pictures of the work so far.
At Eastchurch we are proud of our courageous advocacy. We consider the wider world, through our 'big questions' that challenge us to question and reflect. We think globally about life, disadvantage and deprivation through our curriculum and with a range of opportunities and charitable work.
Look at some of the ways that we have helped each other and tried our best to live our school values this year. We consider our community, the needs of our neighbours and how we can support them as well as our wider national family with charities such as Children in Need and the British Legion.