The report says that Rowsley is a GOOD church school and GOOD in all areas. I am extremely happy and proud of this report as it illustrates just how hard the staff, children, governors and you the parents have been working.
The standout comment being...
‘This is a school of happy, caring, respectful and hardworking children who enjoy coming to school and behave very well.’
Being a Church School
Rowsley C of E Primary School is a Church of England School with a strong Christian ethos which underpins the caring, nurturing family atmosphere in our school. The strong focus on care and respect for one another and our commitment to Christian values is reflected in its inclusive ethos and good relationships between children, parents and staff.
Team Time (Collective Worship)
Collective worship (Team Time) is central to the life and purposes of Rowsley C of E Primary School and is fundamental to the development of its Christian foundation, vision, values, and ethos. We value the history of our school and its strong Christian foundation. We strive to preserve and develop the religious character of our school following the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level. The School aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We aim to encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
The aim of Rowsley C of E Primary School is to nurture the spiritual development of each child in a caring atmosphere that demonstrates and advocates the Christian values and attitudes that underpin the foundation and ethos of the school.
The gifts of truthfulness, friendship, trust, peace, courage perseverance, compassion, service, humility, respect and reverence, responsibility, wisdom, hope, creativity, forgiveness, generosity and justice are the values we want our children to leave our school with. Whilst these gifts are inclusive of human values, we try to anchor them into the Christian faith by relating them to the Bible through stories and readings.
We use ‘Values for Life’, a resource to support primary schools in promoting the teaching of the Christian values, to support our delivery of the Christian Values. The Staff, supported by the Team Time Buddies select a new value to focus on each term.
Seeing Anew is a new style of Team Time we are using to explore the Bible, its contents, and key religious aspects in more detail. Each term we hold four Seeing Anew sessions dedicate to a specific theme. The themes were chosen by the Team Time Buddies following their assessment of the understanding of the children in school: Creation, Advent, Trinity, Easter, Pentecost, Gospels.
Staff plan and deliver these sessions together in pairs and try different approaches, challenging the engagement of the pupils, their depth of understanding and how the concepts relate to life.
The Team Time Buddies and Staff worked together to identify six key elements of the bible that we wanted and needed to explore in more depth: Creation, Advent, Trinity, Easter, Pentecost and the Gospels.
So far we have examined
- Easter: Palm Sunday, the last supper, Jesus’ arrest & trial, the crucifixion & resurrection.
- Pentecost: Celebration of the birth of the church, tongues of fire, the Holy Spirit, spreading the word.