Northaw C of E Primary School

Northaw C of E Primary School

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Our Christian Ethos

We work closely with our local and associated church, St Thomas a Becket  as well as with our local community.  We value the contribution that everyone makes to school life, placing importance on the welfare of individuals. It is our aim that at the end of our pupils’ time at Northaw Church of England School they will have developed a sense of achievement and self-esteem as a result of their experiences here and will leave us for their secondary school, happy, effective learners, with a positive attitude to life long learning.

We have an Ethos group who are representatives of the Governing Body and school staff. For more information please click here

For our RE policy please click here

A Christian school 

The school’s aims form its objectives both in relationships and through the curriculum. Whilst we have a Christian foundation, our school is not merely a school for Christians and we welcome children from other religious denominations, faiths and world views. 

We are proud of our strong links to St Thomas a Becket Church and with our Vicar Reverend Christopher Kilgour, who spends much time working with the Head Teacher, the teachers and the children of our school and who is a member of our Governing Body. In the context of this, all children will receive teaching in Religious Education which, whilst having a multi-cultural element, which will be based on the beliefs of the Church of England. 

Theology and philosophy are explored through a range of faiths and worldviews. We build on our understanding and interpretations as we grow and learn throughout the school and the children learn through an enquiry based approach using 'ultimate questions' and philosophical debate as a foundation. 

Collective worship

Worship in our school is inspirational and uplifting with carefully planned themes based firmly on the Bible and Christian values. Revd. Kilgour, the Head Teacher and all staff  are keen to ensure pupils have a meaningful experience where God, Jesus and the Trinitarian nature of Christianity is at the heart of worship. Prayer and reflection are central to the experience of our collective worships and in addition pupils are offered a deeper and more personal experience in class through teaching, discussion and further reflection. Consequently, our pupils talk articulately, confidently and enthusiastically about their beliefs and ideas about faith. 

For our Collective Worship policy please click here

Worship diary

20th May

Friendship

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6.2

What a friend we have in Jesus All our sins and griefs to bear And what a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit Oh, what needless pain we bear All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.

Excerpt from the hymn written by Charles Con-verse / Joseph Scriven

13th May 2022

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians Ch2 vs33

Dear Lord Jesus

Thank you that you are our good shepherd. Through all the sea-sons of our lives, in happy times and sad times, you are our great friend and comforter. May we grow our friendships to reflect your love for us.

In your name

Amen

6th May 2022

Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin. Proverbs 18:24

Dear Father

Help us to be true friends that can be trusted and relied upon. Fill us with your holy Spirit so that we may share love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control within our friendship groups.

Amen


29th April 2022

A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. Proverbs 27:9

Lord Jesus, Thank you for giving us such a vibrant community of friends to do life with. We praise you for the people you have blessed us with, the ones who have come alongside us to love, encourage, support, and uplift us through all the twists and turns of life.

Please be present in our friendships, may we be patient with our friends, and may we forgive freely like you have forgiven us.

In your name we pray.

Amen


22nd April 2022

‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command’ John 15:12-15

Dear Lord, we thank you for our friendships. Help us to be kind and supportive friends to each other. Help us to befriend anyone who is lonely or needs to talk. Where there are conflicts please help us to seek peace by reaching out the hand of friendship. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so we can reflect the love and friendship that You have for us. Amen.


1st April 2022

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7

Dear Father God,

As we approach Easter, help us to remember the importance of this time and the amazing forgiveness that you have given us.

Thank you that you sent your only Son to save us, and that by His death on the cross we have the hope of everlasting life.

Strengthen us in our walk with you. Please be a lantern to our feet and a light upon our path.

Amen

25th March 2022

Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Father God

Please bless us with the spirit of forgiveness. Help us not to harbour grudges or seek revenge when others harm or offend us, but let your goodness flow though us.

In Jesus' name.

Amen

18th March 2022

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Dear Father

Thank you that you care for us so much. Thank you that in times of trouble you are our shelter. Give us courage to face our fears and stand up for justice. Please bring peace to troubled nations and let truth prevail.

In your precious Son's name.

Amen

11th March 2022

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor for-sake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Prayer taken from Church of England website:

Most holy God and Father, hear our prayers for all who strive for peace and all who fight for justice. Help us, who today remember the cost of war, to work for a better tomorrow; and, as we commend to you lives lost in terror and conflict, bring us all, in the end, to the peace of your presence; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

4th March 2022

"Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord" Psalm 31 verse 24

Dear Lord,

Please give courage to those suffering around the world. May they know your love and protection, may they seek refuge in you.

Please bring hope to those in turmoil and anguish, may they look to you to lead them out of danger.

Please change wicked hearts, to hearts of compassion and love. Please give wisdom to world leaders that they make seek peaceful resolutions to current disputes.

Amen

25th February 2022

Dear Lord,

We thank you for giving us courage through the pandemic. Thank you for the scientists and medical teams who have help saved lives. We pray that all nations will benefit from the vaccinations and that you would lead us out of this dark time.

We ask now for renewed courage for the vulnerable countries where atrocities are occurring. Please give wisdom to world leaders and governments to stand up to the aggressors and to support the oppressed.

Please change the hearts of those in leadership who seek to dominate and overcome weaker neighbours.

May Your sovereignty rule over all and Your peace be our hope.

Amen

10th February 2022

Lord, we thank you for sustaining us through difficult times. Thank you for giving us courage when faced with difficult decisions. Please bless the whole school community during this half term holiday. Keep us all safe and well, help us to enjoy some qual-ity family time and give us rest. May we look forward to the new half term with hope and confi-dence, continuing to love for to-day, learn for tomorrow, forever in faith.

Amen


4th February 2022

Heavenly Father, Creator of all.

Thank you that you are so strong and so mighty we can depend on you to help us in difficult times.

In the Bible, the book of Joshua tells us "be strong and coura-geous: do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go".

Please bless us with courage to face our fears, accept new chal-lenges and speak out against in-justice.

Amen


28th January 2022

Lord, thank you that you are the God of the impossible.

You can do anything. Help us to trust in your ability and not our own. Our responsibility is to carefully read, trust, and obey your Word. Give us courage and help us not to fear, but to trust you in difficult situations. You are mighty, powerful, righteous and true.

Amen


14th January 2022

Dear Father God

Please help us to be strong and courageous.

Help us to speak out for others.

Help us to stand up and be counted.

Help us to do the right thing, not just the easy thing.

Amen


17th December 2021

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Father, we thank you for Christmas. Thank you that you sent your only Son to save us. May we share the compassion you have shown us, in acts of kindness, not only to our friends but to strangers and those in need. May your love shine through us.

Amen


10th December 2021

Father God

Jesus came to show us what it truly means to love one another. May we take up this challenge through our words and actions. Thank you for everyone who loves us and for that great feeling in our hearts when we know we are loved.

Amen


26th November 2021

Lord Jesus,

During your life on earth you showed compassion and kind-ness to so many people who were suffering and unhappy.

Thank you for the people who have shown compassion and kindness to us and given us the courage to keep going even when times were tough.

Remind us, when we put on our school uniform, to put on the attitudes of compassion and kindness in all that we do.

Amen


19th November 2021

Dear Lord

Thank you for the opportunity for us to show compassion by sup-porting Children in Need and SightSavers. Thank you that in dark and difficult times, your light can be seen shining in the acts of hope that these charities give.

May we always be compassionate in our daily lives. Help us to con-sider the needs of others by putting love and mercy above per-sonal gain. May we follow Christ’s example all our days.

Amen


5th October 2021

Heavenly Father,

Teach us to be compassion-ate. Shine a light for us to see where we can show kindness, love and forgiveness.

In your Holy name

Amen

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." — Ephesians 4:32.


22nd October 2021

Dear God,

We know we can please you by being charitable voluntarily, but we also know this produces goodwill among our fellow humans and can create a society of benevolence and compassion. So help us to commit to acts of generosity that will endure and have long lasting effects in our world.

Amen


15th October 2021

Heavenly Father,

As we move through Autumn to-wards Winter, help us to be generous in our care for all living things. Please show us how we can protect the wildlife in our neighbour-hood, may we be careful to pro-vide shelter, food and a safe environment for all nature to survive and thrive.

Open our eyes to the needs of other people, whether it be practical help with food, transport and errands, or emotional support for the elderly, lonely or vulnerable.

May generosity become second nature to us, defining who we are and how we live.

Amen


8th October 2021

Father God,

At this Harvest time may we share all the good gifts you have given us. In the Bible we are reminded to give 'first fruits' not just what we have spare or left over. Please encourage us to think about how we can give generously to others regardless of the cost to our-selves.

Open our eyes to see where there is a need and help us to act with generous hearts.

In your mercy.

Amen

Proverbs 3. V9-10


1st October 2021

Thank you Father that you loved the world so much, you sent your only Son to save us. Such sacrifice comes from your redeem-ing love and your eternal generosity. Please give us hearts of gratitude for all you do for us and all you share with us.

Amen

Bible verse: John 3. 16


24th September 2021

We started the week with Reverend Chris visiting to lead collective worship. The focus was on generosity and how God generously created the world. It was very thought provoking to watch a visual representation of how the world was creating, along with a very catchy song about ’God made everything’.

Heavenly Father

Thank you for the beautiful world you made for us. Thank you for all the living creatures, the seasons, the colours all perfectly made by your loving hands.

Forgive us for neglecting our duty in caring for this planet. Help us to make amends by working hard on repairing the damage we have done. Equip us with the skills and determination to cleanse the oceans and heal the wounds in the forests.

May we show generosity to all nations on whom climate change is having a direct impact. May we share the responsibility of saving and restoring our world.

Amen

17th September 2021

Dear Father

As we consider what it means to be generous help us to be like the Good Samaritan. Make us ready to help all other people, not just our friends. Open our eyes and show us where there is a need. Bless us with a generous heart to share kindness, friendship and com-passion in our school community, whether it be amongst the children in class, the parents at the school gate or the staff. May we serve you in our acts of generosity.

Amen

The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37


10th September 2021

Our current collective worship theme is Generosity which will be the focus throughout the Autumn 1 half term. As part of this, we would like to create a photo montage of what generosity means. We would ask pupils to bring in a photograph to capture the essence of this value. Use your imaginations and let’s see how many examples we can find.

Father God,

Thank you that you are a generous God. Help us to share all the gifts you have given us. When others are lonely, help us to be generous with our time. When others are in need, help us to be generous with our resources. When others are sad help us to be generous with our compassion.

Strengthen us Lord, that we might serve you in your abundant love for us.

Amen


Click here for historic worship diaries pre July 2021

Reflection Rangers

As part of our collective worship programme, we recruit 'Reflection Rangers' from Year 5 to enhance the planning and delivery for each half term's theme.

The Reflection Rangers participate in Collective Worship Planning for the half term ahead. They also gather pupil voice and plan and deliver collective worship throughout the year.

Our Reflection Rangers are very keen to develop their role this year and will be supporting the recruitment process of next year's Reflection Rangers.   

Prayer Groups

Parents Prayer

Parents Prayer is a  small group of Christian parents and carers who support the school by praying together.  We believe that God cares for all children, and loves us to bring our cares for our children and everyone at our school to him in prayer.  There are post-boxes in the school hall and the front lobby, to enable children, parents and anyone else connected with the school to ask us to support them by praying in specific ways. 

Twice a term, all parents, carers and small siblings are welcomed to a local parent's house for drinks, snacks, chat and some time praying.  We would love to see you there!  Please contact the school for dates and other details.

Prayer Groups in school

Click here to learn about our prayer corners and reflection areas 

Click here to learn about how we introduced Prayer Bear in order to encourage our children to involve their families as part of our school community.