St Michael’s Federation – Our Caring Christian Ethos
Our Federation is the coming together of two church schools – Lydbury North C of E (A) Primary School and Nursery and Onny C of E (A) Primary School and Little Pippins Nursery – and takes its name from our two village churches.
St Michael’s and All Angels in Lydbury North
St Michael’s and All Angels in Onibury
The Federation works very closely with Revd. Stephanie Fountain, the Priest in Charge at Lydbury. She is a frequent visitor to our schools and is very much part of the school community, also being school governor.
Until July 2015 our Chair was the Venerable Colin Williams, who has now moved on to take up the post of the Archdeacon of Europe. We wish him well in his future role and thank him for all the support and time he gave to our Federation over the last five years. Thanks also go to Revd. Maree, our Team Vicar at Onibury, who also moved on to continue her ministry in Switzerland.
A caring Christian ethos underpins all that goes on within the schools and in our work with the local community. There is a wonderful family atmosphere where all are welcomed and supported. The wellbeing of the children is given priority and much emphasis is placed on their spiritual, moral, emotional and cultural development within a strong Christian environment. Our aim is to enable every child to become a happy, well balanced, confident and caring young person, ready to move on to their secondary setting with a strong set of personal values.
The governors and staff see their roles as nurturing and supporting the children within our schools, but also their families. It really is like one big extended family; with some families having a history of many generations attending the schools. This level of nurture and care is seen in the levels of commitment displayed by all staff in ensuring the wellbeing of all the children in their care.
In November 2014 Onny School had their SIAM inspection and received a ‘Good’ outcome which recognised the impact of all the work that goes on in our caring Christian schools. In December Lydbury North was inspected and received an ‘outstanding’ outcome.
In January 2015 the governors adopted the Telford and Wrekin RE Syllabus and a new updated rolling plan was developed.
Our Acts of Worship
At Lydbury North daily assemblies are held at 10.00am
At Onny daily assemblies are held at 10.10am.
Revd. Stephanie leads assemblies once each week as well as joining in with some RE lessons and our regular church services throughout the year. The children really enjoy these assemblies.
Each half term we look at a different Christian value.
St Michael’s Feast Day
In celebration of “St Michael’s Feast Day” on the 29th September the two schools came together for a joint service in Lydbury North church, led by Revd. Sarah Hare. After the service the children, parents and friends of the school enjoyed cakes and biscuits in the church. The KS2 children went on a walk together collecting natural images to create their own stained glass windows in both schools. The KS1 children, joined by Revd. Sarah, walked up to the arboretum at Walcot Hall. The children made crosses from natural materials and created a prayer space in the forest; ending their day with the singing of “Autumn Leaves” and “My God is a great big God”; two of their current favourites.