At Christ Church Academy we believe that our identity as a Christian community gives us something a bit special...
We root all that we do in the values shown to us by Jesus. Throughout the school, we begin each day with a simple act of prayer, led by our team of Worship Leaders. As we study and play together, we try to remember the values we share; generosity, truthfulness, courage, perseverance, compassion, trust, friendship, justice, thankfulness, respect, forgiveness and service. Each half term we focus on a different Christian value, reflecting on why these things are important and what scripture teaches us about them. Each week, during daily Base Time sessions students lead reflections and activities designed to explore the value of the half term. Students also take responsibility for the prayer areas found in each form room.
At Christ Church we feel that it is no good to simply talk about the things that make us distinctive as a Christian school; we also must act. That is why we aim to serve others through initiatives such as Operation Christmas Child and Water Aid fundraising. It is also the reason why we make sure that we ‘live out’ the values that we study, so that we can see the fruits of our work around us in school.
Learning about our faith does not stop when we leave the school grounds. We enjoy trips to places such as Lichfield Cathedral and Soul Survivor and also love to welcome visitors to speak to us.
Christ Church Academy regularly worship as a whole school at our local church, Christ Church, Stone. Reverend Kingman plays a vital role in our school, making sure that we have weekly opportunities to come together to worship as Key Stages. Reverend Kingman also supports our Seekers Club each week, where students have the chance to explore their faith more deeply.
As a Christian school we believe that we offer much more than an academic education; we seek to develop the whole person, offering spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as well as the development of character and identity, allowing our children to become the best versions of themselves, with Christ at the centre of all we do.
The School Prayer
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
At Christ Church, we are very fortunate to have an active and vibrant Christian youth group called Seekers. This term, Seekers have been looking at the Parable of the Sheep and Goats and what it means for Christians today. The parable speaks of the importance of acting to serve the most vulnerable of our neighbours, and as such, the children have been working very hard to provide support to various groups. One week they generously donated food and toiletries for the local food bank, on another they sorted a huge collection of stamps that are being sold to collectors to raise money for the charity The Leprosy Mission. This week, Drake Hall Women’s Prison Chaplain, Sarah, visited Seekers to tell us all about her important work and to answer lots of great questions. After hearing about the difference that this work making, Seekers have decided to embark on a fundraising mission to provide Sarah and her team with Christian literature for all of the women. We will also be continuing to pray for all of those groups that we have focusing on in the past weeks.
If your son/ daughter is interested in being part of our Seekers group, they should speak to Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Bell or Mrs. Nicholson-Ward. We always love to welcome new members.
Lichfield Cathedral Doves of Peace
Pupils have been busy creating hundreds of doves, decorated with messages of peace. For details of how to see their very impressive work installed in Lichfield Cathedral, please see the flyer below.
Earlier this month, pupils participated in Remembrance Week- five days of specially designed activities to deepen their understanding of the importance of the 2018 centenary. The children had opportunities to reflect on the importance of remembrance in their own lives and to learn more about WWI, took part in military drill in PE, created artwork to be displayed at Christ Church Stone, decorated memorial stones and contributed over 1000 paper doves to be used in Lichfield Cathedral later this month part of an art installation on the theme of peace. The week culminated with a very moving two minute silence, begun with the Last Post being played by one of our parents, Mr. Reynolds, and Y8 pupil Rosie who did a fantastic job. Every member of our school community stood together to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives.
WWI medals brought in by one of our pupils.
Pupils from Y7 with Mr Ward, Education Manager from Lichfield Cathedral, with their paper doves.
Memorial stones created by talented pupils and their families.
Wreaths created during Science lessons this month.
Reflection through Dance
Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils experienced our first 'Reflection' worship in the Dance and Drama Studio this week. The Studio was transformed with purple lighting and music and the children listened to a guided reflection before spending time in private prayer. They fully embraced this new opportunity to be still, to contemplate and to reflect on their own faith and did so in a very reverent and mature manner. Over the coming weeks and months all pupils will have the opportunity to experience this radically different form of worship and to contribute to planning, leading and evaluating the sessions.
Harvest Festival - Stone Community Hub Food Bank
Pupils and their families have been donating produce for our local food bank for the last few weeks. Today the Stone Community Hub received their donations and, as a result, now have fully stocked shelves for the many local people who use the service. How fantastic to see our young people living out the values that they have been learning about at the Academy.
Harvest Festival - 04/10/18
Pupils, staff and parents/carers attended our Harvest Festival last week and joined as a community to offer our thanks to God for his gifts to us. The Seekers performed a fantastic Bake Off themed drama to highlight the importance of trusting in God to guide us. The Head Boy and Head Girl welcomed everyone to the service and our musicians played wonderfully. A real highlight was the beautiful atmosphere of the prayer and reflection time as we entered and left the church- how fantastic to see such reverence from our young people.
International Peace Day - 21/09/18
On the 21st of September, pupils at Christ Church Academy marked International Peace Day. Despite its importance the event is not well-known, and the children decided that this ought to change. Each form’s Worship Leaders helped their classmates to think about what small steps they could take to improve their own communities and to bring peace. They produced some excellent suggestions and wrote them onto 500 paper doves which will now be displayed in the Academy as a reminder of the importance of the work that they have begun. One Worship Leader commented, ‘It is amazing the difference one person can make if they really think about their own actions. Peace is the responsibility of all of us.’ To further celebrate the occasion, the Student Leadership team headed out in very rainy conditions to clean up the local area. Litter pickers and bags in hand, the team of pupils managed to fill two large bags with rubbish, cleaning up the streets surrounding the Academy. Perhaps you spotted the results of their work?
At Christ Church Academy, worship is very important to us. That is why we have a team of Worship Leaders who are essential in planning, delivering and reflecting on our daily acts of worship. Each form group, from Y5 through to Y8 has its own Worship Leaders whose roles include leading prayers, maintaining and updating their prayer tables and designing new and exciting ways to celebrate our Christian faith.
Footsteps Art Exhibition
Pupils in Year 8 have been celebrating the success of their art exhibition. The gallery comprised of their reflections on their time at Christ Church Academy and explored their personal, spiritual, social and academic development over the last four years. Their work was commended for its originality and often profound nature: some pupils' work was even purchased by impressed members of the parish who attended to view their paintings. Pupils were treated to an artist's preview in the school hall before the exhibition was transported to Christ Church, Stone where community members, pupils, families, staff and governors attended. It was super to see pupils' God-given gifts and talents on display and to see how much they have all flourished during their time at the Academy.
Wow Factor Retreat 25/06/18
Earlier this month, a group of pupils in Year 7 ventured off to the beautiful countryside of Ilam for a 24 hour retreat. The Diocese invited pupils to Dovedale House to take part in a range of activities designed to enable them to explore the ‘wow factor’ in worship. In the evening, pupils experienced a candle-lit service in Ilam church and the final day culminated in a superb service in which the children planned and led prayers and worship music. It was fantastic to see how reverent, thoughtful and enthusiastic our representatives were, and I am looking forward to seeing how they will use their experiences to help develop the worship experience of the rest of the school community over the coming months.
Thy Kingdom Come
During the month of May, pupils and their families, as well as members of staff, took part in the global prayer project 'Thy Kingdom Come'. Part of the Archbishop of Canterbury's work to encourage people in their journey to Christ, the project invites people of all ages, backgrounds and denominations to join together in prayer. Every pupil created their own unique prayer bracelet, each bead acting as a reminder of a person or group of people they prayed for. It was wonderful to witness this expression of our Christian vision and to see the whole community coming together in prayer in such a personal and powerful way. A big 'thank you' to parents and carers who spent time talking to their children about the project and about the importance of prayer for our community.
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