St Chad’s C E SchoolNews from St Chad’s Primary School
There have been a number of events over the last half term to share with you.

We had one day finding out about Christianity in India and raising money to support Thivikar, a child sponsored through the Grassroots programme in Chennai. Children learnt about Indian customs, including dance , rangoli pictures and henna tattoos, as well as watching videos of an assembly in South Indian school where children stood in silence outdoors and saluted the Indian flag. Then money raised for the project provides food for 250 children, cooked each day by the local church in the slums of Chennai.

Children in Year 5 had had a number of ‘Stop and Block’ sessions on digital safety. This is a regular teaching focus for all year groups but it is good to have professionals coming and sharing their knowledge with the children and reminding them how to keep safe on-line.
Some of our younger children have been on school trips to the Sealife Centre and the Butterfly House at Williamson Park as well as doing some exploring around Poulton. They have also had the chance to design and make their own pizzas in school with the help of our Catering Manager.

Sports this term have included Boccia, Playground Games, Tag Rugby, Multiskills and there have been football and athletic competitions.

We have also been delighted to receive an Outstanding in all areas in the recent ‘School’s Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). This means that
• The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding
• at meeting the needs of all pupils
• The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding The inspector was impressed with all the children’s feedback and their explanation of the distinctiveness of the school as a church school.
• The effectiveness of the religious education is outstanding
• The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding
Comments included:
• Effective pastoral and academic support and a commitment to the worth of every individual, based on the school’s Christian ethos, means that all are nurtured, supported and managed with compassion and attention.
• Pupils explore diversity within the Christian faith and the impact of the school’s Christian values through creative and challenging religious education (RE).
• Worship and prayer is deep, purposeful and the heartbeat of the school.
• All stakeholders describe it as being, ‘part of a compassionate and loving family’.
• All rightly see its Christian ethos and values as being at the heart of the school making it a very special place.
• Pupils have a good understanding of the significance of the Eucharist within the Anglican tradition which is embedded through worship and extended through links with the RE curriculum.
• Pupils speak confidently and enthusiastically about worship; one commenting, ‘a time of peace to talk to God’.
So once again, thank you for all your support and prayers. You are more than welcome to come and visit the school. Just phone beforehand and we can arrange a tour around school.

Grace and peace,
Mrs Jan Potter Headteacher

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