Mrs Bright is responsible for our status as a Church School.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
We are a Church School with a vision of excellence for all our pupils where Christian Values underpin all that we do. We are passionate about preparing our children for an undetermined future by equipping them with life-long, transferable skills within a strong Christian context.
We are a church school. This means that we have a very close relationship with the Anglican Church. Our local church is St Matthews and our vicar is Mr Hurst, who comes to lead collective worship every week. We have regular church services at St Matthews during the year where the children lead the worship. Parents and carers are always invited to worship with us at the church services. We attend church to celebrate:
Because we are a church school, we base all that we do on our 7 Christian Values. You can find out all about them on their own page. The link is below. We use our Christian values for our behaviour policy and we talk about them in nearly all of our lessons, from thinking about how a character might feel in a story, to considering how to how different events in the past link to today.
We also have special afternoons when our friends from St Matthews come to school and spend an afternoon teaching us about different aspects of Christianity. Some of our afternoons have focussed on:
Collective worship is very important to us a church school. We have whole-school collective worship everyday. It is a time where we come together to share our love of God and celebrate our achievements (and sometimes failures) together. Our Church Ambassadors lead our collective worship daily by lighting the candles and saying prayers. They also have the opportunity to plan and deliver full collective worship at least three times each half term.
We have a variety of worship styles during the week:
Whole school worship led by Mr Hurst
|Whole school worship led by different teachers or visitors|
Whole school singing worship led by Miss Sergeant and Mrs Bright
Whole School Golden worship led by Mr Webster.
Our Christmas service was also held virtually this year. Whilst there are lots of restrictions meaning there were things we couldn't do we still enjoyed listening to carols, sharing in a small nativity and learning more about the birth of Jesus. Members of our Church School Group were able to take part along with many of our children. We grateful, as always, for the leadership of Mr Hurst.
We enjoyed joining in with a Christingle service streamed live from Ely Cathedral on 14th December. We joined with other schools across the East of England to listen to songs and readings and to learn a little bit more about the symbolism of the Christingle.
We were also able to make our own Christingles. Mrs Fewtrell worked really hard to gain some donations from our local Co-op foodstore who provided all of the resources that we needed to make the Christingles.
We have been able to support The Salvation Army in Peterborough's Christmas Present Appeal this year. Once again, we are so grateful for all of the donations of gifts that we were able to take to The Salvation Army. These gifts are being distributed to families in Peterborough who require a little extra support at this time of year.
What a generous donation from Eye C of E Primary School to our local foodbank! Mrs Fewtrell delivered the items that were donated and we were able to collect more than 220kg of food which will go towards supporting people who are in need in our city. Thank you all for your giving.
Our Harvest Service took place virtually this year but we were still able to enjoy contributions from Mr Hurst, other members of St Matthew's church and children across the school.
We're having to be even more creative in our preparations for Harvest this year as we are unable to join together as a school at St. Matthew's as we usually would. Mrs Bright, Rev'd. Hurst, Mrs Fewtrell and other members of the church school group have been working hard to prepare a virtual Harvest which will involve members of our church as well as children and staff in school.
This year we will be collecting food donations for our local foodbank. A letter has gone out to parents via parent mail with further details. Mrs Fewtrell has also put together a short video to explain more about this. Click the following link to watch the video.
We have been thinking about our Christian Value of Community in our Collective Worship this half term.
Whilst thinking about loving our neighbours, Koalas class have written this beautiful prayer.
Good Neighbours Prayer
Even when it is difficult, give us the strength we need to:
Love our kind neighbour,
Our helpful neighbour,
Our upset neighbour,
Our friendly neighbour,
Our tall neighbour,
Our poorly neighbour.
And in so doing to follow the example of Jesus your son,
Who loved with an everlasting love and gave his life for the world.
God of love,
Hear our prayer
Church Ambassadors Report: Maddison, Oliver and Grace
On Thursday 26th September, the Church Ambassadors visited the cathedral. They enjoyed it throughout the whole service. We are very grateful that we could go to this special service with the other church schools. Thank you!
Harvest Festival Church Service
Our two harvest festivals will be taking place at St Matthews Church on Monday 8th October 2018.
Parents of children leading the worship (listed below) are warmly invited to join us. We have sent invitations, so please check bookbags and return your RSVPs!
Service 1 at 9.30am (led by Mrs Brough)
Service 2 at 10.30am (led by Miss Scane)
On December 4th, we welcomed volunteers from St Matthews Church for a whole-school Christingle celebration. Each volunteer shared the Christingle with a pair of year-group classes, explaining the importance of the symbols and why Christians make a Christingle at this time of year.
The children then made their own Christingle to take home and share what they had learned with their family.
Thank you very much to Mrs Fewtrell for organising things at Church and to all the volunteers who made it such a wonderful afternoon:
The Christingle was supported by two generous local supermarkets. Thank you to Morrisons on Lincoln Road and Sainsbury's on Oxney Road for their very kind donations. They get a huge amount of requests for help, so we are incredibly grateful to have been chosen to receive the donations.
It was a fantastic way to start our Christmas celebrations at Eye CE Primary School.
Ask your children to tell you about their Christingle. You could even make another at home together!