At Chiddingstone Church of England School we have a daily act of worship, grace is said before meals and children reflect on the Church School Values they have seen in action at the end of the school day. We have close ties with St Mary’s Church, the worship is Anglican and led by members of staff, our pastoral assistant Carol Benton, visiting parish priests (currently a period of interregnum) and ‘The Children’s Workshop’ - as well as the children themselves. A lively, creative approach includes drama, dance and art work alongside readings, prayers and music. We use a variety of well-known hymns and modern worship songs ably supported by a large number of instrumentalists.
There are four main church services each year namely Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Leavers’ service in addition to a weekly Act of Worship, ( AOW), in St Mary’s every Friday . These together with yearly Class AOW’s warmly welcome parents and family members.
There are reflective areas in the classrooms and a central worship board where the children can engage in interactive prayer activities and take time to think and ask questions. Every year we hold ‘prayer stations’ in the church which help the children to understand Christian beliefs and festivals in a relevant and kinaesthetic way. Parents are also encouraged to attend these alongside their child.
We have a "Leading Lights" group of Year 6 children who help with various worship activities and who have recently helped to prepare our HOPE Easter Prayer Stations and who will be designing some Pentecost prayer activities in addition to helping with daily Acts of Worship. In addition, we try to meet with Leading Lights from other local schools to share ideas.
We are currently working closely with the Church Wardens and local mums and dads to launch a new Family Service on the first Sunday of every month @ St Luke's Church, Chiddingstone Causeway at 4pm. So far these have been well attended. A vibrant, interactive and engaging church service is followed by arts and crafts activities in the Parish Room along with a much needed Sunday afternoon cuppa and a cake! A real community effort.
We were assessed as outstanding in our most recent SIAMS Inspection.