The Christian Ethos of St Michael’s Federation
We are very proud to be a federation of two church schools. Our Christian ethos is important to us and we value the principles of Church of England schools to serve the common good for all. Therefore we are proud to welcome children of all faiths or no faith to our schools. Our priority as Church of England schools is to deliver a high quality education for all children within the context of Christian belief and practice.
Our Christian values underpin the moral development of our pupils. Each half term explores a different value. This is a focus of our collective worship and our PSHE lessons. These values help us to build our relationships with one another and the wider community. We have carefully chosen our six values of: generosity, trust, courage, forgiveness, friendship and respect as these values will help our children become well rounded and worldly individuals who will make a vital contribution to the society of today and the future.
Connections with the Church
We have close connections with both of our churches and the church community. Both schools celebrate significant milestones throughout the Church and school year by attending a service. The school and the local community are invited to attend these services, which are largely led by the children. This is an opportunity for our pupils to share poems, artwork, musical performances and prayers that commemorate the significant event that the service is for e.g. Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas or Easter. In addition, we use the church as a learning resource to enable the children to develop their understanding of curriculum subjects as well as religious education.
At St Michael’s Federation, we have developed strong links with our local incumbents and Church Community as well as links with the diocese of Hereford. The rural dean, Reverend Stephanie Fountain, regularly leads collective worship at Lydbury North CofE Primary School and Reverend Justin Parker leads collective worship at Onny CofE Primary School. Recently, the children at Onny have enjoyed Open the Book. This is a fantastic collective worship where members of the local congregations perform stories from the bible. Some pupils are asked to dress up and act out different parts within these sessions helping to bring the gospel to life. In addition, we have links with the Diocese of Hereford and Hereford Cathedral. The children have entered art work which has been displayed at an exhibition in Hereford Cathedral and each year our year 6 leavers attend a celebratory service at the Cathedral too.
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