Christian values underpin all that we do at Hildenborough CE Primary School. We feel it is important for both adults and children alike to understand that Christian values are based on God and the work of Jesus Christ. We believe that the understanding and application of Christian values strengthens the school community’s spiritual development and this is reflected through daily deeds and actions. Core Christian values include hope, righteousness, love, and putting God first in our lives. As a school we have chosen the particular Christian values of love, honesty, courage, compassion, hope and endurance to enhance the children’s curriculum and daily school life.
As a school, we follow the Rochester Diocesan materials in line with the Kent Agreed Syllabus, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum. Staff supplement the plans with creative and engaging inputs and activities; such as, teaching through art and drama.
The teaching of Christianity covers two-thirds of the curriculum, with other world faiths being taught the remainder of the time. This ensures the children are able to understand that people have different beliefs, preparing them for life in a multi-cultural society.
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The school community engages in a daily act of worship, with enthusiastic singing, reverence in prayer time and participation by the children (both planned and spontaneous). Worship is a focal part of the school day and is led by a variety of people, including staff, clergy and children. Our Leading Lights are our pupil worship leaders who are responsible for engaging the school in worship through the gather and the send, as well as leading prayers. The Leading Lights regularly meet with our Children’s and Families Pastor. Worship takes place in class, in the hall, in church and even outside! Great value and importance is placed on worship as a school; all staff members attend and parents are invited to attend church worship and worship in school when their child’s class is leading.
Daily worship follows the liturgical order of gather, engage, respond and send. Each class carries a class cross into worship; these crosses are also a sign of respect for the environment we are entering into as we come together for worship.
Collective Worship enables both adults and children to understand the importance of prayer through its modelling in worship. This is developed further through interactive reflective areas in the classroom; the prayer box available for all the school community; prayer within the classroom; and the school prayer station, which is changed once each short term.
At Hildenborough CE Primay School, we enjoy a very close relationship with our church: St. John’s Church, Hildenborough. As a school, we visit the church for worship at least once a term and a member of the clergy (our Vicar, Tim Saiet or our Children’s and Families Pastor, Marcus ) visits us each week to lead worship in school. The children also visit the church during Religious Education lessons to find out about various aspects of the church and services, such as baptism.
Through our association with the church, we are able to strengthen our links with the local community through visits to the Farmers’ Market (held in the church hall); our choir singing for members of the village community; and links with other local schools at some church services, e.g. Remembrance.