We enjoy close links with our church, St Mary's and the wider faith community. We are blessed to have clergy-led worship every Tuesday morning, welcoming Rev Susan McKendrey and Archdeacon Richard Pratt on alternating weeks. We also enjoy members of the church community and members of NISCU (Northern Inter-School Christian Union) joining us for prayer space reflections and collective worship. Throughout the year, we visit St Mary's Church to hold services where we welcome family members and encourage the wider community to join us in our worship. 

 

HARVEST 2020

Every year we are always humbled by how generous our school community is in supporting the foodbank based in St Mary's as part of our Harvest Appeal. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept food donations for the North Lakes Foodbank appeal this year but monetary donations of whatever you can afford are most welcome. Please visit -   https://www.thefoodbank.org.uk/  

 

NISCU Lockdown reflections

Our friends at NISCU are helping us through lockdown by posting a series of videos on YouTube each week which reflect our Christian Values to share with our families. We hope you find them useful in these difficult times.

FRIENDSHIP

Day 1  -    What makes a good friend?    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4-Rv6G2qWc
Day 2  -    My friends, your friends          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thJkBXqYFvY
Day 3  -    Friends help each other          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpigoUUjLtg
Day 4  -    The twelve friends of Jesus     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZnT_EEh8Gg
Day 5  -    Friendship and fun!                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdTfBZJ1QrE
 
PEACE
Day 1  -    A bit of peace and quiet.       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD1uqJQSvEc
Day 2  -    Letting go of our worries.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0LQFG7Of08
Day 3  -    Peace in a storm.                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ1Xtf9tDiA 
Day 4  -    “Do not be anxious!”             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FcSrEvoUCE 
Day 5  -    Time to make something!     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs3g3sMUe6A
 
COURAGE
Courage Day 1 - ‘How to be a hero’                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asVdp30lyUw
Courage Day 2 - ‘Let’s have an adventure!’          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_93PoE2b3g
Courage Day 3 - ‘David and Goliath’                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMVA3qUUCL0
Courage Day 4 - ‘Meet David’                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tlIEAf8_Ak
Courage Day 5 -‘”Be Strong and Courageous”’   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nh6m5_YZ_E
 
LOVE

Day 1 – ‘What is love ?’    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfGXu-X-KH0

Day 2 – ‘Time for a puppet play’ (The Good Samaritan)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkQ6PmiETnI

Day 3 – ‘Showing love to others’     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CpnZaYU-70

Day 4 – ‘Thinking about our world’   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkBBJtPwkQI

Day 5 – ‘Love is .....’    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8W0zyUvib0

 

RESILIENCE

 

Day 1 – ‘What is love ?’    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfGXu-X-KH0

Day 2 – ‘Time for a puppet play’ (The Good Samaritan)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkQ6PmiETnI

Day 3 – ‘Showing love to others’     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CpnZaYU-70

Day 4 – ‘Thinking about our world’   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkBBJtPwkQI

Day 5 – ‘Love is .....’    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8W0zyUvib0

 

FORGIVENESS

Day 1 – What if ...?        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyCgCuVWKH4

Day 2 – Whoops!        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYpHsjIq5HQ

Day 3 – It’s better to forgive.         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SQ6u_b1XkE

Day 4 – Some Good News!        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4wMo8E4DKc

Day 5 – Invisible Ink!        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyAt1DlnEm0

 

 

Experience Easter March 2nd -4th 2020

Over the course of 3 days, all of our classes from Reception through to Year 6 visited St Mary's to visit the Experience Easter stations set up there. The children found out, in age appropriate ways, all about the Easter story and were able to reflect on the feelings of those involved as well as what Easter means for us today as Christians. A big thank you to RevSusan, the Solway Youth Network volunteers and all the helpers at St Mary's for leading this wonderful opportunity.

 

 

 

Crosses From Around The World

Children from each class worked with Miss Lockwood on a very special art project to find out about and then make the many different crosses from around the world. The crosses are now up on display for all to see in school.

 

Forgiveness Reflection Area

On 27/2/20, Lynne Graham from NISCU worked alongside our worship leaders to create a new reflection area on forgiveness.

Forgiveness Reflection Area

 

Year 4 Swallows Christianity Around the World Project

Our Christianity around the world project is based on the book “Where in the world?”by Martyn Payne. 

Year 4 followed Sparkle’s story of migration, we learned that the safest place for a Swallow to perch during migration is the roof of a church. This led us to investigate different Christian churches and traditions around the world. We also looked at prayers from these places. 

We found out how Christianity originated in some countries - did you know that it is thanks to the apostle Andrew that Christianity is in Romania, he shared the story of Jesus. 

We learned that 77.4% of the population in Argentina is Christian. 

We all really enjoyed the investigation and with good team work, we were able to produce these wonderful Pic Collages. 

Y4 Swallows

 

Thankfulness reflection areas

 

On 16/1/2020, Lynne Graham from NISCU joined our worship leaders to create two new reflection areas on the theme of 'thankfulness'. Lynne and the children created spaces where the pupils can reflect on what they are thankful for and can record their thoughts on the branches of the tree.

Thankfulness

 

Carol Service 2019

On Monday 16th December our children were joined by family members at our annual carol service in St Mary’s Church. The service was led by our Year 3 children who retold the story of the Nativity. Towards the end of the service Rev. Susan talked about the significance of the Christingle before we lit our candles and dimmed the lights in church.

 

The children in KS2 enjoyed making over 250 Christingle oranges for the carol service to be held on Monday 16th December in St Mary's. Each orange has a red ribbon and sweets/dried fruit on cocktail sticks along with a candle to represent Jesus as the 'light of the world'.

 

On Wednesday 2nd December, some of our children visited church to decorate a tree as part of the annual Christmas tree festival. Our tree was decorated with stars which each had on them our Christian values.

Christmas tree festival

 

On Tuesday 3rd December, Rev. Susan and our friends from NISCU came along to deliver a special collective worship. They told the story of the Wise Men in the nativity and how the most special gift we can bring to God is ourselves. We enjoyed hearing the story and reflecting on the message. We also really enjoyed singing 'Little Drummer Boy'.

NISCU visit

During 13th and 14th November, we were joined by representatives from St Mary's Church, Solway Network Youth Church and NISCU who worked with the children to access prayer spaces on the value of RESPONSIBILITY. The children visited each station and reflected on their responsibilities to themselves, their friends and family, the community and the world as a whole.

 

Maryport Schools Remembrance Service

Representatives from our school council joined those from other schools in the town at the annual Remembrance Service. Everyone in school had written a promise to God on a poppy and these were displayed in church. We also laid a wreath in remembrance of those who have sacrificed so much.

Remembrance Service 2019

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