Life in our Church School
Christian values and beliefs permeate everyday life and underpin the life of our school. This includes having God at the centre of many aspects of our daily practice, including the classroom/school environment, collective worship, relationships with pupils as well as in our daily lessons. As a Christian school, our Religious Education enhances these values and is a time ‘to nourish those of faith, encourage those of other faiths and to challenge those of no faith,’ (Lord Runcie).
Although we are a Christian school, we respect all children’s and parents' values and beliefs, and in no way try to influence these. We welcome families of different faiths and cultures to our school.
St Andrew’s church
We have strong links with our parish church, St Andrew's. Each week the Youth and Children’s Pastor, Josey Wisdom, along with her team of volunteers, perform an ‘Open the Book’ assembly which the children participate in. This interactive presentation is always a highlight of the children's week, and they particularly enjoy it when the puppets come to visit! The focus is on sharing stories from the Bible and discussing their relevance to our own lives and lessons we can learn from them. You can visit the St Andrew's website to find out about this vibrant church and its brilliant work in the community by clicking here. The Reverend at St Andrew's, Frances Trickey, is also a governor at our school, and our link governor for Christian Distinctiveness and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
Throughout the year our children visit and present various church services at St Andrew’s including at Harvest time, Christmas and Easter. Further enrichment takes place in the form of 'reflection days' at the festivals of Christmas and Easter. In December, pupils participate in a Christmas workshop focusing on four activities about the wise men, the shepherds, the Holy Family and lastly how Christmas is celebrated around the world. In preparation for Easter, children will be taking part in an ‘Easter Pause’ day which will highlight and prompt discussion about the Passion.
Each half term The Royal Kent School promotes thought and discussion about a particular Christian Value in our collective worship, which may happen in our whole school assembly or in class.
In 2017- 2018, our focus values are:
Autumn 1 - Thankfulness
Autumn 2 - Peace
Spring 1 - *Launch of RKS Virtues*
Spring 2 - Trust
Summer 1 - Humility
Summer 2 - Truthfulness
Class reflection areas
In each classroom, there is a reflection area which the children share discussions from their weekly class worship. Children also can look up stories from the Bible as well as reflecting on learning linked with the half termly value and read prayers written by members of the class.
‘Ignite’ – The RKS Spiritual Committee
A new committee to RKS, it encourages pupils’ discovery of God the creator, of their ‘innermost being’ and of the wonder of the environment. Over the year, the children will focus on whole school initiatives as well as reflecting on key questions of meaning and truth, developing a prayer space at school and leading an expressive arts activity for the whole school.
Christian Distinctiveness parent feedback
We think it's important to seek feedback on our school provision. In Autumn 2015 we did a parent survey to gather views and ideas about the Christian Distinctiveness at RKS
87 parents responded to our Christian distinctiveness survey; below is a flavour of the responses.
How do you know that RKS is a Church school?
- The iconography around school,
- Speaking to our children at home,
- It’s in the title of the school,
- Regular church services,
- Open the book assemblies,
- The strong, Christian feel,
- The areas in each classroom that has Christian literature displayed,
- In displays around the school, as well as the entrance hall,
What do you especially value about our Christian school ethos?
- There is an openness to all forms of religion, and promoting positive character traits,
- It teaches children to be responsible citizens,
- The kindness and respect shown by all who attend the school; this is clearly visible in the playground,
- The children receive a good moral compass,
- The parent partnership,
- That kindness, generosity, acceptance of others and trust is promoted within school,
- Pupils look out for each other,
- The family feel which is a great asset to the school,
- The older children in the school looking after the younger ones,
- The Good values, children can use in society,
- The strong community feel,
- The school helps the children to be caring and kind,
- It respects others’ faiths.
Please click here to find the full results of the survey: