How are we a distinctive Church of England Primary School?
At Hawkhurst CE Primary School we aim to be distinctive in our Christian character by living out our school values daily. Collective Worship is a key part of our school day, setting the tone for the behaviour and ethos of our school family.
We have strong links with our local Vicar, Father Rodney and parish churches which we use on occasions, from R.E lessons, whole school collective worship and to mark key dates in the Christian calendar.
Our pupils, staff and governors have all been involved in developing our five core Christian values of, each with an associate Bible story.
- Core Value: Associated Bible Story
- Reverence: Moses and the Burning Bush
- Fellowship (Koinonia): Feeding the Five Thousand
- Friendship: Zacchaeus in the Tree
- Forgiveness: The Prodigal Son
- Endurance: Noah’s Ark
These values form the foundations at Hawkhurst and underpin everything we do. We celebrate them in Collective Worship, explore them through our R.E lessons and use them in our everyday language. More importantly, we live them out in everything that we do.
As a school, we support various charities and raise money in many different ways. The whole school are involved because we are aware of how fortunate we are in comparison to so many other people in Britain and around the world. We know how important it is to care about others and do our best to help where we can.
Raising money for charity unleashes children’s creativity and encourages them to be kind, responsible citizens. Our pupils are encouraged to organise their own fundraising events as well as take part in whole school events.
The School Council have been busy organising their priorities for this year. They have chosen to support The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Ellenor as well as aiming to raise money for the purchase of new equipment for the playground.
Here are some examples of their fundraising :
At Hawkhurst we have many celebrations and events which reflect and embody our overt Christian character. Many of them follow the Anglican calendar and others are key events where the children and adults reflect on aspects of their life, their community and ways in which they can affect others’ lives. Below are just a flavour of what we have done recently.
- End of School Year Service
- Bread of Fellowship
- Easter Service
- Remembrance Service
- Harvest Festival
- Choir visiting Bowles Lodge to sing and talk to residents.
- Christmas Service
Values: Reverence, Fellowship (Koinonia), Friendship, Forgiveness and Endurance
At Hawkhurst Church of England Primary School we strive to extend horizons by providing all pupils with the opportunity to extend and explore the spiritual, moral, intellectual, creative and personal possibilities within God’s World.
Religious Education enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding about Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people in the UK and worldwide. It also aims to educate them about other major world religions represented in Britain. They are also encouraged to develop their own beliefs and values.
R.E plays an important part in our broad and balanced curriculum to which all pupils are entitled at Hawkhurst. Through using a variety of teaching techniques such as: drama, art, discussion, reading texts, pictures, use of artefacts and time for reflection, the pupils will experience opportunities to learn about religions and become religiously literate.
Christianity plays a central role in the school and Hawkhurst follows the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and the Understanding Christianity Syllabus, which focuses on the ‘big story’ of the Bible.
More information can be found here:
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An act of collective worship takes place each day at Hawkhurst Church of England Primary School. In keeping with our links with the church, these are Christian in content and reflect the traditions of the Church of England.
Our collective worship is wholly Christian and based on the Church of England. Our 5 selected values – forgiveness, friendship, endurance, reverence and fellowship – are central to our collective worship. Although we broadly follow the Diocesan plans of worship we are flexible in content and ensure that the vast majority of stories used in collective worship are derived both from the Old and New Testaments.
Children listen to music and are encouraged to reflect on both the issues and the wonders of our world. We sing songs of worship enthusiastically and always include time together with a prayer or a quiet thought.
Once a week, our Vicar, Rev Rodney Dreyer, leads our worship and we hold at least one special assembly in St Laurence’s Church each term. We also hold Bread of Fellowship services at school with the Vicar for Years 5 and 6.
All parents have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship and Religious Education and any parent wishing to do so should contact the Head Teacher. Pupils who are withdrawn are provided with appropriate alternative activities, according to individual needs.
Other Community Links
The school premises are used by the community for a variety of functions, e.g. the horticultural society.
Our links with Puddleduck Pre-School are very strong and contribute to a smooth transition to school.