Our Christian Vision
As the sponsor school of the Stour Academy Trust, we promote collaboration in order to continue the growth and development of God’s children. We are driven by our commitment to the well-being and education of all, enabling us to flourish and become life-long learners.
Through the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5000, we trust that sharing all we have, will provide for all through the power of God’s love.
This has been adapted to help the children understand our Christian vision;
We work together and share the best of ourselves to help everyone around us flourish in every way to become life-long learners. Through the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5000, we trust that sharing all we have will provide for all through the power of God’s love.
Under the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools, our school was inspected on the 19th March 2023 and received an overall grade of Good.
“Collaborative practice within the Stour Academy Trust helps direct the development of teaching and thus the growth of all as life-long learners.”
“Underpinned by a striving for justice and generosity, all are committed to and involved in sharing what they have. This is a key part of their spiritual development.”
“Pupils see themselves as agents for change making the world a better place for everyone.”
“United around its vision, this school exemplifies that by sharing the best of ourselves, all in the school community and beyond are given opportunities to flourish.”
Read the full report here.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Our school community use the miracle that Jesus performed through God’s power, to help them remember to share all we have with others. Watch members of our Lighting the Candle group read this miracle.
This parable impacts our lives because it doesn’t just teach us that we should be thankful, it teaches us that no matter how much food we have, we can always share. It’s important that we share because then everyone is equal and other people (those in need) have at least something.
It’s important to reflect on the feeding of the 5,000 especially because the school vision is important. It’s important to learn because it shows us that just by giving people, like with harvest festival, just by giving to people can impact on their lives – to have a better life.
Although there are many Christian Values we have chosen four which we have placed a strong emphasis on to help create and sustain the Christian ethos of our school. These values are Respect, Truth, Compassion and Friendship. The pupils learn to link these values to the parables of Jesus.
Ruth and Naomi
Ruth’s late husband was Naomi’s son. While they were connected by a marriage relationship, they were also dear friends. Ruth insisted on returning with Naomi to her home country of Israel. Though Ruth had lost her husband to death, she did not want to lose her friend. They returned to Israel together grieving for their mutual loss.
So stop lying to each other. Tell the truth to your neighbour. We all belong to the same body. If you are angry, do not let it become sin. Get over your anger before the day is finished.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
The good Samaritan – Luke 10: 25-37
An injured man needed help but the people he thought would help just walked by and left him. It was in fact the Good Samaritan who eventually helped him and showed compassion even though they were not friends.
Our Buddies have been trained by Mrs Howell, our Nurture Assistant. This training involved the children learning how to model their school christian values and how to be a good example and encourage others to do the right thing. The buddies have explored what it means to have empathy and compassion to be able to help others in our school. They have learnt how to make good and wise decisions when they deal with problems that the children they are helping have at school.
Helping our community on their spiritual journey.
Threaded throughout our school environment, prayer spaces are easily accessed by children and members of our community. Our prayer stations encourage community members of all faiths, or no faiths of all, to explore and engage, through a variety of ways, life’s questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way.
We want to encourage and instil our children and staff with skills of courageous advocacy – to develop a greater awareness of the challenges others face in life-, and reflect on how they, as individuals, and as a school community, can support and make a difference in our local community and further afield.
Trust Christian Vision
Sturry CE Primary School is part of The Stour Academy Trust which has a clear Christian Vision for its church schools.
God’s children together on a journey to excellence creating equal opportunities for all.
“For the body is not one member, but many.” – 1 Corinthians 12:14.
St Nicholas’ Church
Our local Church is St Nicholas’ Church in Sturry. We visit frequently and you will often find Revd. Hannah Thomson delivering our collective worship!
Click on the following link to find out more information about Churches in the villages of Sturry, Westbere, Hersden, Fordwich and Broad Oak.
At Sturry, we follow the schemes of work for Church schools in the Diocese of Canterbury. You can find an overview of the scheme of work for all years below.
Our children say:
At Sturry, we celebrate Christianity, with acts of collective worship, on a daily basis. We invite children to join in and spend time reflecting on Christian teachings and their own spirituality/ faiths.
We work collaboratively with the Canterbury Diocese to plan and deliver high-quality Collective Worship to our school community.
Global Neighbours – an exciting school accreditation scheme run by Christian Aid.
We want to encourage a deeper understanding of global injustice and the Christian response to it in our primary school. The accreditation scheme will be verified by the Church of England Education Office and will consist of three levels- bronze, silver and gold.