Christian Distinctiveness

Our school has a 2020 vision for improving and maintaining a high level of expectation, which we foster in all of our children. We have taken key values from I Corinthians Ch 13 Vs 4-7 Those who belong to our school: protect, trust, have hope, persevere, show courage and rejoice and use these as a different focus each term. The children and teachers embed these Christian values into their every day practice.
Each classroom has a reflective area where the pupils can sit quietly and offer a prayer to God. Any prayers written down are gathered together and given to St Margaret's Church during our Friday first services.
On the first Friday of every month we walk to St Margaret's Church and invite our families to join us for a family service. It is a chance to spend time in our splendid church and share Christian values with the Reverend and Head of School.
Our autumn term 1 value is Protect. We started off celebrating our value with a whole school holistic afternoon where we were able to discuss, act and create different areas of protecting our world, ourselves and our friends and community. OUr collective worship has followed the theme of Protect and we built on protecting others by donating food to the Bridgwater foodbank this harvest.
Operation Christmas Child
As a school community we donated items to build Christmas boxes for children who have either nothing or very little for Christmas. We managed to build 29 shoe boxes with a range of toiletries and toys for boys and girls aged between 4-9. Well done to our year sixes who sorted through the items and wrapped the boxes. Thank you to our families for their support.

World Thinking Day, formerly Thinking Day, is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It is also celebrated by Scout and Guide organisations and some boy-oriented associations around the world. It is a day when they think about their "sisters" (and "brothers") in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.

Most recently, WAGGGS has selected an important international issue as the theme for each year's World Thinking Day, and selected a focus country from each of their five world regions. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts use these as an opportunity to study and appreciate other countries and cultures, and equally increase awareness and sensitivity on global concerns. Donations are collected for the Thinking Day Fund which supports projects to help Girl Guides and Scouts around the world.

22 February was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

Patrick is our Quantock Deanery Children's Youth and Schools' Development Worker. He is one our links to the church and comes in for assemblies and to support in class. When Patrick is in, he makes himself available at playtime for a chat and friendly advice.
Key stage 2 raised money for Westfield Church to support the homeless over the winter period. They sang Christmas carols and hymns to the parents and carers at the school gate at the end of the day.
Taunton association for the homeless sent a certificate and a lovely letter explaining what the money raised would do.