R.E in School
Here at Cleadon Church of England Academy we feel that it is extremely important to develop children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural identities. We have a strong Christian ethos which we feel is reflected in many aspects of school life. Children also have the opportunity to explore other faiths and cultures. R.E is a vital element in the schools enhancement of its Christian character. Worship is at the heart of our school and the children speak positively about the impact that this has on their lives. During an inspection by the Durham Diocese, one grandparent commented that the atmosphere at school is "like the open arms of Jesus welcoming you".
Dr Rowan Williams (prior Archbishop of Canterbury) explains that the ethos of church schools runs deep: “A Christian school is one in which the atmosphere has that kind of openness about it, that sense that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow, need loving attention. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not.“It doesn’t necessarily mean than everyone involved has to share the same theology or philosophy. It doesn’t mean that everyone knows that they have this relationship with God, and is consciously working at it. But a Christian school is one in which the entire atmosphere is pervaded by the conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful, in everybody.”
Here at Cleadon Church of England Academy we are proud of our Christian Values and strive to be the best young people we can be.
Each year our school is invited to join other church schools at a Year 6 Leavers’ service at Durham Cathedral. This year this has not been possible. The diocese decided that the leavers of 2020 should not miss out so they took part in a virtual ‘Moving On’ leavers’ service, either in school or at home. Click the picture below to view the service.
Learning About Other Faiths
Here at school we enjoy learning about lots of different religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism.
Year 1 have been thinking about the Easter story. Each group created a tableau showing the key parts of the story including The Last Supper, Jesus Washing the Disciples' Feet, the Garden of Gethsemane, The Arrest of Jesus and The Crucifiction.
Knitted Bible Comes to Cleadon
From the 11th to the 15th of February Cleadon Church of England Academy was host to The Knitted Bible. The display was created by the congregation of St George's URC in Hartlepool and contains 33 knitted scenes depicting some of our best-known Bible stories.
Our children loved taking part in the Knitted Bible trail which encouraged them to spot key elements in the scenes and to reflect on the meaning of the stories. Every year group from Nursery to Year 6 took part in this activity and we received lots of very positive feedback on their experience.
As well as our school staff, parents and children we extended an invitation to local schools and church groups. The event was even covered by our local newspaper. Click here to go to read the article.
On Monday 11th June, twelve Year 3 children participated a very special event at All Saint’s Church, Cleadon Village;- their first Holy Communion. The service was attended by the family and friends of the twelve children taking part, as well as the entire Year 3 year-group and their teachers. Click the picture below to find out more about this event.
On Wednesday 17th January the Church Council; plus representatives from Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2, were lucky enough to attend St. Mark’s and St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church and visit the ‘Knitted Bible’.
Our Spiritual Education
As you move around our school you will see many examples of our spirituality in classroom displays, Prayer Spaces and Reflection Areas. Please take some time to look through through our photographs.
Prayer Spaces in Schools
Prayer Spaces in Schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, prayer spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment.
We created a whole school Prayer Space which ran for a full week and was open to everyone in our school, and the wider community.
Remembrance Day Prayer Spaces
We created a special Remembrance Day Prayer Space in school. Through prayer and reflection we remembered those who gave their lives in war and gave thanks for peace.