“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”
We promote our Vision through the key words:
‘Create – Equip – Partner’
As a Church school we feel it is important to provide the opportunity for the pupils to be still, silent and reflect. We have created a central ‘Reflection Area’ where the Gospel values and messages are on view for the children to read and think about. Furthermore, we have also included the links to the weekly worship theme and quotes to support this and inspire the children.
We live in an increasingly busy and demanding world. Nearly everywhere we go we are bombarded by noise. When we do encounter the opportunity for quiet we often find it challenging, or uncomfortable. Sometimes we overlook the benefits of quietness. When God met Elijah, he did not speak through the strong wind, the earthquake or the fire, but in the gentle breeze (1 Kings 19 1-13). Jesus showed us the importance of retreating from the busyness of the world. In Mark 1:35, we read about Jesus getting up early in the morning and going to find a place where he could pray alone.
Phase Reflection and Prayer Areas
Developing on from the central Reflection Area we decided to introduce ‘Phase Prayer and Reflection areas’ to allow children to take time out to be still, reflect and pray. Each Phase area has a mini area which is personal to them and encompasses a similar theme to the central area. The Middle Phase Prayer Area is used by the Parent Prayer Group on the 1st Monday and Friday of each month as a place where parents can come and pray.
Our Reflection and Prayer Areas Encompassing the Liturgical Colours
In order to help the pupils at our school understand the Church Christian cycle of the year we use different colours for different seasons in our main Reflective Worship areas and in so doing broaden the pupil awareness and knowledge of the Liturgical Colours.
This tradition includes four basic liturgical colours are white, green, red and purple. The traditional symbolism of these colours is: WHITE– innocence, purity, victory, joy, resurrection; GREEN – hope, growth, increase, life, fidelity; RED ‐ sacrifice (particularly the sacrifice of life), charity, zeal, Holy Spirit; PURPLE – sorrow, penitence, preparation. The pupils learn about this as the cycle changes through our whole school worship.
Our Outside Reflection and Prayer Area
After requests from some of our pupils, we had an outside prayer area installed so that the children can stay outside whilst having time to reflect about their week, pray or just have some quiet times to be with others, their thoughts and God. Our outside prayer area has lights, bible verses and cushions to make it a welcoming but reflective area that all the children can use, look after and take the time to reflect once inside.