Community and Living Well Together
‘For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them’ Matthew 18:20
At St Michael’s Church School, we are focusing our collective worship on a project about ‘God’s plan for your wellbeing’. The project will help our children to learn about mental, physical, emotional, relational, financial, vocational and spiritual wellbeing through the Bible stories of Elijah. Through the stories about Elijah, we hope to cover our school values of responsibility, faith and respect.
During our Global Neighbours Enrichment Day, our Year 5 children were looking at 'Influential Leaders' focusing on the Royal Family. The children discovered that Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are massive advocates for mental health in children. In response to this, the children wrote scripts about the importance of children having healthy bodies and minds. Below is a video created by our wonderful children. We took small sections of their scripts to make one script to share with other children about mental wellbeing, speaking out loud, talking to a trusted adult and how important mental health is for children. Remember, "talk is a short word but it has a big meaning and big impact". "It is OK to not feel OK, you need to know you are not alone and there is always an adult to turn to."
At St Michael’s, we teach and support the children how to practice forgiveness and reconciliation. This is supported through the teachings and life of Jesus during collective worship. Our school behaviour policies focus on the positive behaviours and developing a positive mind set. Our reflection lunchtime zone allows children to think about any negative choices, to reflect, forgive and reconcile. Our pupils know and feel they always have a second chance and tomorrow is a new day. Our children are happy children and demonstrate our school values each and every day.
As part of developing our school community, we ask our children to take on responsibilities and leadership roles. They include Reception buddies when they start school, IT support team, School council representatives, Head boy and girl. Recently, we created a worship leader team with an outstanding 38 children in our year 5 classes opting to help lead and be role models during our collective worship. We are so proud of these incredible children wanting to become ‘models of faith’ as Jesus taught us in Luke’s gospel.
At St Michael’s, the staff feel hugely responsible for the care and development of all our pupils. They work together well to ensure there is a team approach to supporting children. As a staff we have huge aspirations for them and seek many different opportunities to extend the variety of activities, skills and WOW moments , we can offer them.
Below is a video of our wonderful Year 3 pupils who have learnt how to sign in BSL to the song 'A Thousand Years'. This was the result of a Collective Worship showing the video of children with Downes Syndrome signing along to the song. The children were mesmerised and started to join in. Miss Coulson sought support from our fabulous Family Support Worker Mrs Simons Clarke who knows how to use BSL to show the children how the correct signs for the song. Here is the result.