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Christian Distinctiveness

Aims of Our School

St Alphege CE Infant School is a place where all children are valued and given a sense of self worth. We help everyone to feel proud of their personal and academic achievements, which we sensitively challenge through an atmosphere of praise, encouragement, happiness and fun.

We recognise and nurture individual, spiritual and moral strengths through an extra layer of support that being a Church School brings.

In this way every child is helped to develop the necessary skills and confidence to enjoy growing and learning together. Our responsibility and collective focus is to ensure every child can enjoy and be successful in… 

“Learning to live, loving to learn”

Being Part of a Church School

 As a Church school we believe in a community where we:-

  • have the right to love and be loved regardless of differences
  • promote an awareness of spiritual thinking and reflection
  • develop sensitively to the needs of others
  • nurture a deep appreciation of the world around us
  • build resilience to cope with set-backs and see positivity

Our Christian Values

We have 5 Christian values 

Peace

Thankfulness

Koinonia

Love

Forgiveness

These are embedded in our policies, curriculum and activities and are clearly seen in all that our school family does together. We learn about

  • peace within ourselves and in our world
  • how to show thanks for all that we have and can do
  • building a strong and supportive community (koinonia)
  • the importance of love in our world and lives
  • how to ask for and show forgiveness

This leads to a school where children and adults are valued and secure.

Religious Education

We have close links with Reverend Rachel, who is a Governor of our school, supporting the curriculum and encouraging community links. We visit St Alphege Church regularly and encourage all the children to feel comfortable and relaxed in this inspiring space. In Religious Education we learn about Christianity and other world religions. 

The children encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. We also learn about similarities and differences and to respect other people’s faiths and views and about the world around them.

Children will talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.

In Year 2 the children visit Canterbury Cathedral and have opportunities through the curriculum and our own school community links to learn about other world faiths.

We follow the schemes of work and guidance provided by the Kent Agreed syllabus and Diocesan Trust. 

Collective Worship

We have a daily opportunity to join tighter in this way as a school community, introducing the children to Christian stories and songs and those of other world faiths.

Reflection is supported through termly themes such as New Beginnings, Getting on and Falling Out and Changes, which support the children in their understanding within real and relevant contexts.

We encourage the children to be active participants and take a lead themselves. Regular visitors including Reverend Rachel, speakers from charities and the local community brings a rich variety to this important part of school life.

Our School Prayer

Dear God 

Just as many hands build a house,

So many hearts build a school,

Help us to look after each other,

To take care of each other,

To respect each other and be polite to each other,

As no matter what we look like,

Or where we come from,

We are all part of St Alphege School.

Amen.