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 promotes deeper understanding. Our Christian character aims to' nourish those of faith, encourage those of other faiths and to challenge those of no faith,’ (Archbishop 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 2019 - 2020, our focus values are:
Autumn 1 - Forgiveness
Autumn 2 - Respect and reverence
Spring 1 - Endurance
Spring 2 - Love
Summer 1 - Justice
Summer 2 - Humility
'Ignite’ – The RKS Spiritual Committee
This committee 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.