We are a Church School, affiliated to St Peter and St Paul, Saltwood

The school, although a maintained school, has a Church of England Saltwood Church“aided” status.  This means that the Church nominates the majority of Governors.  We consider it reasonable to assume that parents who send their children here are sympathetic to the Christian character of the school. We attend our church for worship for special festivals such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Ascension as well as every other week during the term.  The Governors are responsible for the running of the school and regularly meet to discuss the development of the school.  The school retains strong links with the Kent County Council but is directed by the Canterbury Diocesan Board of Education.

Our roots are firmly planted in the Church of England and, to this day, a strong and active association continues.  The date of the school’s foundation is believed to be 1723.  In the 1830’s there was only an infant school built opposite the Green.  In 1852 our Old School was erected in School Road providing education for infants and junior children.  This was demolished some years ago to make way for new housing.  The present new school was opened in 1968 and in 1999 and 2006 underwent further development.

Messy Church is held in school on the third Saturday of each month from 4.00 until 6.00pm, except in August and December.

Christian Values

Towards the end of 2015 the school reviewed the key Christian values on which we were to focus.  Parents, pupils and staff were involved in this through a questionnaire.  The outcomes were discussed at a joint meeting of Staff and Governors in January 2016.

As a result of this the Federation decided to embrace three key Christian values:

Love, Creativity and Strength. 

Each value also emphasises the qualities of each part of the Trinity.

Each of the key values have been subdivided into different aspects such as love into friendship, compassion, kindness and respect: creativity into curiosity and wisdom and strength into resilience, courage and self-discipline.  Each theme is clearly linked to a Bible story and a “big question” such as, “Are people who are happy more thankful than those who are not?”

Here we are enjoying, celebrating and demonstrating our values: embedded during work and play.

Class 1 enjoyed creating Bible story pictures.  “We show creativity in our lessons by working together using different materials to illustrate the story”

“We show strength because we keep going and never give up” Sophie, Class 3

“We show love by listening to each other’s ideas” William, Class 3.

“We show love by caring for our friends” Chloe, Class 3.

We firmly believe that academic success is just one part of our school and we aim to develop our pupils in all areas.  We place a high priority on children behaving in a respectful way to adults and their peers and we consider that every child is special.

In addition the themes are nurtured in different ways.  This includes:

  • Our daily act of worship
  • Class and school displays
  • In reflection corners
  • In our spiritual garden
  • In our wide ranging acts of charitable giving
  • In our positive interactions with and between all members of the school and local community
  • In our focus on skills for learning and in particular resilience and perseverance.

We firmly believe that academic success is just one part of our school and we aim to develop our pupils in all areas.  We place a high priority on children behaving  in a respectful way to adults and their peers and we consider that every child is special.

The pupils demonstrate a huge compassion for those less fortunate than themselves and have raised considerable sums over the past few years for local, national and international charities.  Many of the events have been organised by the pupils themselves including an annual House Charity Day.  They have also been involved in Blue Peter fund raising, Red Nose Day and Children in Need to name but a few.

We also send regular donations to the Patachala School in Hyderbad, India to support their work.

The Trinity

The children have a secure understanding of the Trinity.  They have been involved in creating a banner which illustrates this:  children within the school designed the illustrations that show God the Father and God the Son.  Each child brought in a white button which was sewn on to a white dove to show God the Holy Spirit.

Christian Festivals

We celebrate Christian Festivals each year including:

Harvest

Our Harvest Festival service is held yearly at St Peter and St Paul Church and parents are welcome to attend. We invite the children to bring gifts that will be presented and blessed during the service.  For many years the gifts have been distributed by Age UK and The Folkestone Rainbow Centre.

Advent

Christmas – Giving Tree Assembly

This is a special assembly where we request that each child chooses from his/her toys or books at home, one item
in good condition which, with their parent’s permission, of course) they would be happy to wrap in Christmas paper and offer to a child from a less fortunate home in this area.

Lent

Lent boxes are available for the children to collect for charities during the Lent period, perhaps by donating their sweet money or 20p pieces.

Easter

Easter is always celebrated at Saltwood School culminating with an end of term service at Church.

 

Ascension

We start the day with a service at our Church to celebrate Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, as described in Luke Chapter 24 v 51.  Following this the whole school carries out activities in the community:  it splits into four groups and visits local beauty spots such as Brockhill Park and the Castle Valley.

Pentecost

Saints’ Days are also celebrated, as appropriate.

Acts of Worship

Themes for 2016-17:

Terms 1 & 2 – Keep On, Keeping On!

Terms 3 & 4 – Who is Jesus?

Terms 5 & 6 – The Lord’s Prayer

Family Service in Church

A service for all the family is held on the first Sunday in every month at St Peter and St Paul Church, Saltwood.   The service is always advertised on our weekly Parents’ Newsletter. From February 2017 the children will be singing on a regular basis in the family service.

Messy Church

Messy Church takes place on the third Saturday of each month (not August or December) in the school hall from 2-4pm.  Why not join us for an hour of craft, a short talk and a great cooked tea.  The next Messy Church will be held on 19 November 2016.

Sunday Club

Since February 2016 Sunday Club has been held in St Peter’s Room at Saltwood Church where children from three to eleven years of age are warmly invited to attend.  Older children are most welcome to help. The children and Sunday Club helpers will join the congregation for the beginning of the service (9.30am) and then go to St Peter’s Room for craft and activities, returning for a blessing during Communion.  Finally, the morning’s crafts will be shown to the Leader and congregation.

Sunday Club will be held on 6 November and 11 December.

We do hope your child is able to join us!