• Early finish Wednesday 20 October - PD at 12 and HT at 12.15

Collective Worship - Assemblies

Children are spiritual beings who often think deeply and hold serious convictions.

We regard it as a privilege to work with young people to ponder the more profound questions of life and faith. In our school spirituality is seen in joyful singing and dance, and in silent meditation and prayer. As a Church School we seek to nurture in the heart and minds of our children the knowledge and love of God. We provide them with an experience of Christian Community which will influence and shape the rest of their lives.

Assemblies are a high point of the day, expressing our general ethos of mutual respect, laughter and love. Our school motto, "Learn to Live" is taken from Jesus' words; "I have come that you may have life and have it to the full".

Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from religious education lessons and from acts of collective worship should you wish to do this, please contact the Headteacher.

Autumn 2021

See Both Sides
Our assembly series this term takes us on a tour through the life of King David, from the Old Testament; he was the Israelites' most loved king and known as "a man after God's own heart". He shows us so many Christ-like attributes, but he was also fallible and made mistakes. We’re hoping that we’ll understand how God’s destiny and purpose for each one of us is unique and special. The term's theme also uses traditional tales to encourage us all to look at things from different points of view (what if the Big Bad Wolf was actually trying to check the three little pigs' dwellings for strength to withstand a storm, or if the little red hen had a helpful team right from the start of the story?). There’s also a weekly punctuation mark which connects the Bible story with the children's grammar lessons! The theme goes right up to Christmas time, linking in with the Christmas nativity carol "Once in Royal David's city".

See both sides (6 September)
Be yourself (13 September)
Be Patient (20 Setpember) 
God within. How can you stand up to bullies?
Give Peace. Do you help others stay calm?
Be Friends 

Summer 2021

Pilgrim's Progress

As the summer term gets underway, we have begun our new assembly series which this term is based upon John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress. In the book, Christian, a traveller, journeys through the countryside on a quest for a perfect place – God’s heavenly city. We reflect each week on life as a journey, encouraging one another to "see heaven in the moment" and to "embrace the future with hope and confidence." Each week, an Old Testament bible character is linked to the theme and we are visited by an explorer who provides hilarious survival tips for surviving "Worse Case Scenarios".

Week 1 - Follow the Light
Week 2 - Believe in Yourself.
Week 3 - Don't Give Up
Week 4 - Fresh Start
Week 5 - Be Still
Week 6 - Stand Firm
Week 7 - Live Simply
Week 8 - Be Hopeful
Week 9 - Home

Spring 2021

Love is...

Our assembly series this term is based on St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians in the new testament, in particular the words in chapter 13 about love. It will give us the opportunity week by week to think about different aspects of God’s perfect love, explaining to the children that love is patient, kind, not proud, selfish or rude and eternal. We’ll even be rewriting our motto for the term, from Learn to Live to “Learn to Love”. I’ll be leading the children in a weekly assembly a year group at a time on Zoom; if you’d like to pause in your day and join us, you’d be really welcome. I think it will be a very helpful theme at this most challenging of times.

Love is eternal 
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is not jealous
Love is not proud
Love is not rude
Love is not selfish 
Love is not irritable
Love keeps no records of wrongs
LOVE is not content with evil
Love never gives up

Autumn 2020

HTPD Heroes - God the Builder

Each week we’ll be introducing one of a collection of HTPD heroes. These famous people each demonstrate a particular characteristic and will hopefully inspire us all to make a difference in the world. We’ll also be looking at Bible heroes from the Old Testament and learning that God has always used people to build his kingdom on Earth. We’re sure to spend a lot of time thinking about one of our school values, “To imagine the journey in another’s footsteps; nurturing understanding, respecting all.” As an introduction this week, we’ve considered how each of us is unique and treasured – we’ve challenged ourselves to be the very best that we can be. As the weeks go by we’ll encourage the children to choose their favourite HTPD hero…I wonder who will come out on top in the vote at the end of term?

Week 1 - You are Unique 
Week 2 - Dare to Care
Week 3 - Fight for the Right
Week 4 - Stay Strong
Week 5 - Serve Others
Week 6 - Fear
Week 7 - Accentuate the Positive
Week 8 - Mother Teresa
Week 9 - Martin Luther King
Week 10 - Mahatma Gandhi
Week 11 - Nelson Mandela
Week 12 - Which Hero
Week 13 - Jesus The Ultimate Hero
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