Our Faith in action!
We hope you will get a good feel for the character and Christian distinctiveness of our school as you arrive.
We believe everyone, from leaders and Governors to teachers, support staff and of course our children have an important role to play in making our school a place where Christian love and commitment is expressed in everyday life.
We would like to share with you some information about and pictures of the activities, groups, ideas and places that are important to us as a Church of England school...
What we think of being in a Church of England School
Our school council has been thinking about what being a Church of England school means and why it is important to them:
- “It’s good to be in Coleshill Church of England School because we get to concentrate on learning about religions.”
- “We’re thankful for the things that we have.”
- “In this school we never feel left out.”
- “You get closer to God in assembly times as we read the stories.”
The school logo, which is embroidered on our sweatshirts and used on our stationery, is based on a design by one of our children. The three main elements are the church, the bridge and the old school bell.
The church denotes our status as a Church of England school and our close connections with the parish church of St Peter and St Paul, which dominates the Coleshill landscape.
The bridge is a historic feature of the town and represents our place in the local community.
The old school bell (dated 1872), which stood above the old parochial school and was used to call the children in from their play now stands in our entrance hall and reminds us of our history.
A chance to reflect
Each classroom has a special reflection area where we can spend some time thinking, say a prayer or engage in a thoughtful activity.
Our School Prayer
Thank you for Coleshill Church of England Primary School.
Help us to work hard and do our best.
Help us to be kind and friendly to everyone.
Please bless this school and everyone who steps inside.
Special collective worship
Throughout the year, children have the chance to plan, prepare for and lead a special collective worship, usually in the local parish church (you can visit their website at www.coleshillparishchurch.org.uk).
These are times when we can gather together, not only as a school, but also a whole community to worship, share and reflect. There is a big emphasis on children planning and leading collective worship at these times. We are glad that these services are always well attended by parents/carers and friends of the school.
Our children say...
- “We get to advertise our special services for parents and can design invitations for them.”
- “Each of us gets to play the different parts in the assemblies and in the church.”
- “We got to stand up in front of lots of people for our church service.”
Bible Group and Bible Club
We are very pleased to welcome the Bible Group into school every week. The Bible Group is a group of people from different churches in the community who come together to share Bible stories with us. We love to join in as they act, read, perform and sing - each week a group of children is selected to participate with the lively dramatisation of a Bible story, helping to bring our collective worship to life.
Some of the Bible Group also lead Bible Club on a Thursday lunch time. Children can come together to learn more about God in a fun way with stories, quizzes and games. The members of Bible Club get to reflect on their personal experiences together.
Thank you to the Bible Group for letting us have such a fun time!
Our children say...
- “The Bible group are great because they give us a picture in our heads."
- “They make the Bible more fun to learn about.”
- “We always learn new things about Jesus and his disciples.”
As well as each class having a prayer space that they can access throughout the day, as a school we have other quiet and relaxing spaces for prayer, some permanent, others temporary, giving opportunities for thought and reflection.
These kind of events are part of what helps us live our values as a Church of England school, where Christian love and commitment are expressed in everyday life. We extend an invitation to family members to come and explore our prayer space with their children at the end of the day, and we have received really positive feedback about the value they have found in sharing this quality time together.
Headteacher Mr Edwards added, “The pastoral care of our children is so important because when we have happy, positive children they have a better chance of becoming the best that they can be. With our prayer spaces we want to give them a quiet place and time to refresh, and share their thoughts in a way that also celebrates our Christian distinctiveness.”
Our prayer garden
We have a special place in the playground where we can sit quietly and think or say a prayer. Set amongst the trees in the copse it also links us to nature. We are excited to continue to develop our outside prayer garden in the near future.
Our children say...
- “We can learn to respect each other and nature, and the things that we have.”