Voluntary (Aided) School
Through God's love and strength all flourish
Our value for term 4 will be joy - our big question for this term is:
Is there more happiness or more sadness in the world?’
Our Christian Vision Statement
Our village school and our Christian values provide a well-rounded education that enables all to be the best that God intended. We treat adults and pupils with love and dignity in a space where everyone can flourish
We are proud to be a Church (Aided) School. We see our values of community, friendship, joy, forgiveness, perseverance and creation at the heart of everything we do. Worship revolves around a termly value and the children are taught how these values can be interpreted and used in our everyday lives. Our local Church is St Nicholas in Ash and we have strong links with the Church. Reverend David Moulden leads weekly worship and we visit the Church throughout the year as well as for special services such as; Harvest, Carol Service, Easter Service and our year 6 leavers. Our children attend the SNICS group on alternate Wednesdays and enjoy this link with the Church. Our RE governor, appointed by the Archdeacon, is Bill Vennart.
A brief history of the Church
St Nicholas at Ash was probably built around 1190 AD on the site of an early Saxon building. It was altered in the 14th century, and the central tower was added in the 15th century. The highly visible tower and steeple were once used as navigation aids. They now house a ring of 10 bells. There is a collection of medieval monumental effigies inside, and amongst the brasses there is one to Jane Kerriel (c 1455) which reveals a unique horse-shoe head-dress.
Our School Prayer
In December 2018, each class devised a line for our school prayer, linking each to our school values. We say this prayer to finish our school day and in our Governing Board meetings. Our school prayer is:
Thank you for the creation of all the wonderful things you have made
May friends soften the road when it is bumpy and make you smile on rainy days
Please help us to persevere even at time when it feels tricky or impossible
May joy be spread around our school
Help us to forgive when our feelings are hurt by others
Remember community brings us all together
Our House Teams
To link in with our Christian values and ethos, the school council have recently developed four new house teams. They are:
St Catherine of Alexandria - purple (patron Saint of creativity/craftsmen/educators)
St John the Apostle - green (patron Saint of frienship, love and loyalty)
St Thomas Beckett - blue (local Saint that links us with Canterbury Cathedral)
St Nicholas - red (name of our local Church and patron Saint of children)
Children are awarded house points for displaying any of our school Christian values.
Friendship - A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17)
Community - Brothers dwell in unity (Psalm 133)
Perseverance - Be joyful in hope (Romans 12)
Forgiveness - Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3)
Joy - Shout to God with cries of joy (Psalm 47)
Creation - Do not neglect the gift you have (Timothy 4)
What is Messy Church?
More information for term 4 coming soon!