Erpingham C of E VC School, Norfolk

Erpingham Primary School enjoyed a fantastic, sun drenched Easter pilgrimage in April 2011. Children, staff and friends visited Calthorpe, Erpingham and Ingworth churches. We took part in activities which focussed on making the Easter Story 'real and relevant' for everyone. We walked along beautiful tree and blossom lined pathways connecting the churches. Everyone was talking and re-telling stories about our villages. We completed our journey back at the school sharing a sumptuous community lunch. We fully intend to make the pilgrimage an annual event and a perfect addition to our ‘messy church’ school year.

Photographs show: the arrival at church, making palm crosses, the vicar and church warden at Erpingham leading a reflection on the meaning of the cross, and an Easter feast!

St Augustines C of E VA School, Woodston, Peterborough

Every class in St Augustine's School created a banner telling part of the story of Holy Week and Easter and these were then used in the final service of term in the local church.  The banners will stay on display in church over the Easter period so that all can enjoy this excellent artwork.

Here we have just three of the series - the first one of the set is the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem; the all words display is Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple; the final one shows the Resurrection.

Swaffham Bulbeck C of E VC School Cambridgeshire

A truly magnificent present!  At the annual Christingle service held at St Mary’s Church, Swaffham Bulbeck on Sunday 6th December 2009 a unique presentation was made by Swaffham Bulbeck Church of England Primary School to St Mary’s Church.  For some months the children at the school had been busying themselves to produce a piece of artwork to depict God.  Every single child attending the school (even the early years centre) produced a contribution and all of these were sewn together to make a splendid banner which Churchwardens were privileged to receive following the presentation on “Christingle Sunday”.

Cathedral Centre, Ely

This distinctive tiled cross was made for the Cathedral Centre as part of a project with local schools, including Highfield Special School.  Individual pupils made clay tiles which represented parts of the cathedral they particularly liked, and they were then glazed and fitted in a wooden frame.  Several local schools have been inspired to produce their own crosses to a similar design.

Barton C of E VA School, Cambridgeshire

This new wall cross at Barton School brings church(es) and school together in one design.  Looking closely you can see the grains of wheat, which are part of Barton's own badge, as well as the cross keys for St Peter's Church Barton, and the intertwined cross and lily for St Andrews and St Mary, Granchester which is the other village from which many of the pupils come to the school.

Open the Book - Ipswich

Teams of church members in Ipswich practise telling and acting out stories from Bob Hartman's Storyteller Bible as part of their 'Open the Book' training.

'Open the Book' is now a national project which helps church members contact and work with their local schools and share the stories of their faith in an educational and enjoyable way. One of the real strengths of the project is the development of confidence between church and school and better church visits, assemblies and RE lessons as a result.

HomefieldC of E School, Bradwell, Norfolk  

 

The Year 2 pupils looked at pictures of Bishop Graham of Norwich prior to his recent visit to the school and then painted his portrait.  We think it’s a very good likeness!  If you are undertaking work on the Church of England, and Bishops in particular, then do visit our sister website "Bishops in Action" - you'll find Bishop Graham on there too!

Castle Camps C of E School, Cambridgeshire

Harvest was celebrated by a week of activities at Castle Camps School, to show the idea of sharing together and co-operating to produce a finished product.  There were different activities for each day and included a day on healthy living so that all pupils brought a healthy packed lunch to share; and another day when all ate a school lunch together.  They did a day of cooking - producing their own bread loaves.  Parents and other members of the local community came in to help.  As part of this celebration the children produced a tree of hands on a banner.  Each child made a copy of their own hand in material and put their initial on it, which was then included on the tree sewn into the banner.  At the end of the week the banner was a focal point for the harvest assembly in the hall.  Parents who had helped during the week, including those who had worked with the children on the banner, stayed on for the assembly to share in the final activity of the week.

The banner has now been moved to Horseheath Church.  The school catchment includes a number of villages and their churches, although this is the only one large enough to hold all the school children and their parents, and so this is the one used for the end of term services, when it is very full!  The vicar from this church asked to have the banner which is a constant reminder of the connection between the church and the school.  The village of Horseheath used to have its own school in the past, and the church contains an honour board to its former pupils and a tribute to a former teacher there - which we include here for your edification!.

 

 

St Peter's C of E Junior School, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Canon Wim Zwalf has been chair of governors at St Peter's School for eighteen years and a strong supporter of the school through good times and not so good - so it seemed a very appropriate idea that when the school opened a new extension it should be called "The Canon Wim Zwalf Centre for Excellence".  The new extension comprises a new staff room (much needed!), an ICT suite and a cookery room. 

Bishop Anthony of Ely officially opened and dedicated the extension which was the occasion of a joyous act of worship - and a display of bangra dancing which the Year 6 pupils had learnt only that morning!

Following the dedication, Canon Zwalf himself led the school in prayer.

Farcet C of E School, Cambridgeshire

These beautiful banners are part of a set of six which were created by Farcet Church of England School.  The initial idea for the banners was to create something which marked the school’s close association with St Mary’s Church.  A  competition was launched in 2006  where each child drew a picture for a design to illustrate a favourite Old Testament story. Each class had a different story to illustrate. The school’s art coordinator picked out the designs that lent themselves to interpretation in fabrics and stitches and laid them out with the help of the designers. Large pieces were glued in place and then began the long and challenging task of adding stitches and additional smaller details. This was a true community effort with help provided by ladies of the community, including the headteacher’s mother!  In parts this was difficult sewing – some areas are very thick and required good muscle power! However, the ladies worked with the children so that by the time each hanging was completed every child had added at least one stitch to the finished work. 

 

On completion the wall hangings then developed a life of their own! They formed part of a display of local school’s work at Peterborough Cathedral, where they looked very fine and were enjoyed by many. Their next port of call was to be on display in St Ives at the launch of the new Cambridgeshire syllabus for RE. There was then a special service at the Church where Father David blessed the hangings and shared them with school families. Eventually, following some later work to add waterproof backing (just in case!) the banners were hung in their final positions in the church.

St Augustines C of E Junior School, Woodston, Peterborough

As part of the Peterborough Initiative a large gathering took place at Peterborough Cathedral on New Year's Eve.  St Augustine's School was invited to create a display for one of the prayer stations along the theme of "I am the Vine, you are the branches.."  The idea was put forward to create a bunch of grapes for each class, and for each of the children in the school to draw their own face on a grape. 

The display looked very effective as part of the worship in the Cathedral - it is now in pride of place in the school itself.