School & Church Council
Our School and Church Councils represent the views of all our pupils. They give children the opportunity to make their voices heard and feel part of the whole community.
Respect Compassion Resilience
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We are a group of around twelve willing volunteers who meet at least twice a week to help to keep the spiritual side of the school alive.
Our priority is the school’s collective worship. We start our worship when we receive a candle from each class at the worship table. This provides a calm focus on our journey to the hall and brings a feeling of spirituality and welcome to God. It is our job to choose the hymns and often to say the prayers. At least once a term, we take a whole collective worship, and we work closely with the church clergy who visit at least once a week to take the worship.
We are very fortunate to have our Reflective Garden, we use this during break times and classroom as part of our everyday learning, worship, prayer and as opportunities to be reflective, calm and to feel at one with God.
We strongly value our links with the church and so far this year we have had a number of special events coming up!
The Launch of our Class Names
What a fantastic start to the year, with the launch of our new class names. We have decided our new class names should be a virtue, which is especially chosen by each class. A virtue is an action to our core values. Each class have carefully discussed and chosen a virtue, which they will live out through action for the year.
The virtues are as followed:
RS - Class Love
RT - Class Joy
1P - Class Gentleness
1T - Class Kindness
2S - Class Thankfulness
2K - Class Gratitude
3M- Class Forgiveness
3S - Class Honesty
4W- Class Hope
4S - Class Courage
5C- Class Tolerance
5F - Class Diversity
6G - Class Peace
6C - Class Humility
Epiphany comes from the Greek word ‘epiphaneia’, meaning appearance. The Feast of Epiphany is a Christian celebration, which usually takes place in churches on the 6th January, marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. It is a celebration of Baby Jesus being seen by the visitors, who had travelled to see him.
Today we changed our Altar cloth and we lit the first purple candle on our Advent Wreath to mark countdown to the birth Jesus.
Today in Mrs Morris' Collective Worship, she spoke about our theme for the week of Respect. We looked at how we show respect, with a focus on putting ourselves before others. Mother Teresa was a key figure we focused on today and how she committed all of her life to God, the church and others. Mrs Morris set us a task as a class to discuss how we would do things for others, without thinking about ourselves.
Within Collective Worship we were fortunate to have a visit from Trevor, who is a representative of both St Botolph's Church and the Foodbank in Boston. He spoke to us about how it runs, he showed us pictures of items which are accepted at the Foodbank and for what reasons people would use the Foodbank.
The members of the Church School Council were chosen to represent the school at the opening of the Memorial Garden in Boston this week. They were excellent role models and had very thoughtful reflections about the service. It was a beautiful service, where we remembered the fallen men and women by laying a wreath on the cenotaph.
Our theme for this week is Resilience. An image of a spring was shown in CW; why would an image of a spring be relevant to resilience? We discussed the pressure we put on ourselves. Something goes right and we relax and bounce back. Things will happen in our lives, that we have to bounce back for.
We looked at this in a sporting context and watched a video of a speed skater- it is not about the medal he wins, it is about how he has shown resilience and trained for 12 years; gaining two injuries during this time. In the finals, 3 out of 4 fell. Did he win it by accident? Did he deserve it for that race? He had 2 minutes to think about whether he deserved the gold medal. He said he took it for the 12 years of training and the injuries he has bounced back from.
Recapping on our knowledge of Joseph, he was resilient because he was sold for slavery by his brothers and he didn’t give up. A lot happened to Joseph, he coped by maintaining faith in God and believing that God can bring good out of dark situations.
Power, love and self control:
What promise can you make to yourself?
This week our theme is Respect.
During CW, we discussed tolerance and spoke about respect in a sporting context and then religions in the community.
Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.
1 Peter 2:17
We have had a fantastic week exploring our key theme of Compassion. Reverend Sue discussed helping helping people in our community, with the support of the food bank. She shared the story 'Pool of Bethesda' in John 5:1-15. We then discussed further, how we can put ourselves in others shoes. What does it feel like? How can we help them?
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Our theme for the week is Trust. During Collective Worship this morning, we explored the story of Noah's Ark and the valuable lessons, which are demonstrated within. We spoke about how Noah put his trust in God and Noah's family put their trust in Noah. We thought about how others show trust to us and how we can reciprocate it.
How will you be a trustworthy person?
As a result of the School Council's letter about donations for our Reflective Garden 'make over' plants and herbs were donated by Neame Lea Nursery which were started to be planted today. Thank you so much for helping to make our garden a much more colorful inviting place!
This morning Reverend Jane came in to deliver Collective Worship. She spoke to the children about trust and had them do an interactive activity with a blindfold, to learn how to trust in one another. The assembly was ended with a hymn and a peace be with you.
This morning, Neil Vickers, came in to deliver our Collective Worship. As a member of the Methodist church, he spoke to the children about faith from a different perspective and encouraged them to ask questions about God.
The School Council have been tasked with the job of redesigning our Reflective Garden. Over the course of the last few days the children have been working on creating a scrapbook with how the garden looks and what ideas they have to make it better. This morning they delivered an assembly to both key stages and asked for thoughts and ideas from the pupils themselves about what they’ like to see in there. In a weeks’ time, they will report to the children and staff to see what action plan they have come up with. Well done School Council!
Today the School Council visited Gipsey Bridge Academy to discuss and learn about what a 'Rights Respecting School' is. They looked at the different UN articles and key vocabulary and what might constitute as a want or a need and how we think about this in our day to day lives.
Katie led this morning’s Collective Worship from the Cystic Fibrosis trust. She discussed and explained the condition to the children in both key stages, using videos, a PowerPoint presentation and props that she had brought with her. The children were fully engaged and learnt a lot about how they can help our school’s charity and those who suffer with the condition.
This week Reverend Sue came in to deliver Collective Worship. She discussed the core value ‘Respect’ and linked this to a story and scripture reference from the New Testament. Our Collective Worship concluded with a sign of peace and singing a hymn.
This morning’s Collective Worship was led by representatives from the Salvation Army. They discussed with the children what their role is as part of the Salvation Army team, where the base is in Boston and what the children can do to support them if they ever wish to.
This morning Reverend Jane came in to speak with the children and lead our Collective Worship. She discussed the meaning of trust and who we can trust, as well as relating this to a Bible story.
Easter Eggstravaganza Tombola
Thank you to all those who attended our Easter Eggstravaganza event this afternoon, we hope you had as much fun as we did! As part of the event the School Council ran a tombola stall, the proceeds of which are going towards our school charity-The Cystic Fibrosis trust. Thank you to all of you who gave up your time to ticket the items and stay after school.
Easter Foot Washing and Bonnet Parade
Today was a very special occasion, as the children took part in a special Easter foot washing service. Reverend Sue took representatives from each class and performed the foot washing ritual that Jesus would have done with his disciples before the last supper. The children got to learn about and reflect on the significance of this as part of the Easter story. Alongside these Easter traditions, the children have also spent time creating Easter bonnets and part of today’s collective worship gave them chance to show case what they had made. Rev Sue was delighted to judge and award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in each key stage, but was amazed at the effort from all of the children!
Palm Sunday Service
This morning the children took part in an Easter Palm Collective Worship, led by Reverend Jane. They learnt about the significance of the Palm crosses/leaves and how and where this fit into Jesus’ life at this special time. They finished their Collective Worship by singing an Easter hymn that reflected the Easter story.
Today the School Council took on the responsibility of their 4th Collective Worship this year! They overcame their nerves brilliantly and engaged all children in an assembly based around one of our core values-Compassion and the bible story David and Goliath. Well done School Council!
This morning members of the school council had the opportunity to work with children from Key Stage One to create some spontaneous prayers around the theme of Lent. The children came up with some beautiful ideas and their prayers were heartfelt, encompassing our core values.
This morning Reverend Sue came in to discuss the start of Lent with the children. She read them the story of Jesus in the wilderness and talked about some of the things Christians do at Lent to remind them of this time.
This morning the School Council team had the pleasure of reading with Key Stage One children. The children had the opportunity to read their reading books loud to an older member of the school and listen to stories provided by the School Councillors!
This morning Reverend Jane spoke to the children about the price of love. She discussed the prices of various material things and their worth to the children. She concluded the Collective Worship by reflecting on how hard it is to put a price on things that are valuable to us such as, love, kindness and friendship.
This morning the School Council led Collective Worship based around our Core Value-Respect. They linked this to a bible story that they then acted out and discussed with the children how they too could demonstrate examples of Respect. They finished their assembly with the sign of peace and a hymn for each Key Stage. Well done School Council, another brilliant assembly!
Over the past term, the School Council has been doing some research for Willoughby Foods to investigate school desserts. The children produced questionnaires to send around to each class and analysed the results before sending a miniature report to Willoughby Foods. Today the children were very thankful and excited for their surprise delivery to thank them for their work!
This morning Reverend Sue came in to deliver our Collective Worship to KS1 and KS2. She discussed candlemas with the children and the importance of Jesus being the light of the world for everyone. She also told children the story of Anna and how she was resilient in a difficult time, until she discovered Jesus.
Jesus is baptised
Today we welcomed Reverend Jane into school to lead our first clergy Collective Worship of the New Year. She discussed the story of Jesus’ baptism with the children's and the symbolism of the different parts of the ceremony.
Tonight memebrs of the School Council volunteered their time to hep support our school charity-The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The teddy tombola was a big success so thank you to all of your efforts, whether you helped to run the stall or purchased tickets. We really enjoyed our evening!
This morning Mrs Tewnion led our Collective Worship and discussed the meaning of Advent with the children. They learnt what each of the candles symbolises and when each of them will be lit.
This morning Reverend Sue discussed the theme Resilience in relation to Saints and how they have to overcome challenges and help others overcome their problems to help them reach their full potential too.
This week the school council did their second assembly of the term based around the theme of Resilience.They linked this into introducing our new school charity, Cystic Fibrosis and explained to the children how we can support this.
This morning Reverend Sue came in to follow on from last week’s Remembrance theme-respect and discussed the events across the town, particularly in the Boston Stump, which all children participated in somehow. She linked this to the scripture of Matthew 5:43-48 and taught the children about the challenge of loving everybody, even your enemies, and why it is important to do so.
Remembrance Memorial Service
Today the School Council had the opportunity to participate in the Boston War Memorial Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the war. The children had the opportunity to lay a wreath at the memorial and lay a cross in the new memorial gardens in central park. They were a credit to the school and were very reflective when they showed their respects.
Father Steve's Last Day
Today saw Father Steve’s last Collective Worship at St Thomas’ before he moves on to his new parish. He discussed the core value resilience with the children and linked this to a Bible story about Jesus and his disciples overcoming a storm. The children and staff were very sad to see him leave and wish him all the best on his new journey!
This morning Reverend Sue came to discuss the Harvest festival with the children. She shared her knowledge of the Boston Foodbank and showed the children where all of their donations would go and how they would help the community.
School Council Assembly
Today the School Council led their very first assembly together to Key Stage One and Key Stage Two! They celebrated our Core Value ‘Trust’ and related it to the Bible story ‘The Burning Bush’. They introduced themselves and explained what they were excited about doing over the year and linked this with how they could be trusted to help maintain and uphold St Thomas’ core values over the year.
Mad about books!
Father Steve visited the children this morning to lead their Collective Worship. He discussed different books with the children and how the Bible contains 66 books. He linked this to The Old Testament and The New Testament and those who wrote the gospels of Jesus.
Reverend Jane starts off the New Year!
Reverend Jane delivered our first Collective Worship assembly this year and entrusted the children with some very important messages. She spoke about learning as a journey and how it can sometimes be a very slow process. The children learnt that they will not always find things easy but that if they try, they will eventually succeed!
This morning, children from last and this year’s School Council worked together and performed their version of the ‘Unforgiving Servant’ to demonstrate the importance of being compassionate towards others. They wrote their own prayer inspired by the theme and chose the song ‘When I needed a Neighbour’ to encourage other children to reflect on what Compassion is.
This morning Miss Sharples led an assembly on the importance of faith and being kind and considerate to one another. The children we very engaged and found the story easy to relate to.
Today the school councillors led a spontaneous prayer session with Key Stage One. They focussed on different ideas based around our core values and it was a pleasure to watch them reflect and work together. Prayers were given to children’s class teachers for their Collective Worship scrap books so the class could see the work they produced!
This morning, Miss Sharples led our collective worship based around one of core values: Respect. She discussed a bible story with the children that showed the value of showing humility towards others and valuing everybody as an equal.
Diversity and the Gospel of Luke
Father Steve came in this morning to discuss diversity with the children. He used the Gospel of Luke to talk to the children about diversity and how everyone is different. He showed the children how Luke wrote about Jesus at a time in his life when he helped the people who needed him most, even if to everyone else they seemed different or strange. The children learnt to accept and include everyone, no matter who they are.
Today the school council led Collective Worship based on the theme of fellowship and working together to be happy. A few months ago a couple of our Year 6 members had the opportunity to attend a school council event called ‘The art of Brilliance’. The children learnt about making the most of each day and the importance of being happy. They fed back to the rest of the school council and created a short drama script to perform to Key Stage One and Key Stage two
Today the School Councillors collected each class Collective Worship scrap book to reflect on our good practise and find areas we could improve upon. Each time we do this we are amazed by the work we see and the thought provoking responses that the children produce. Take a look for yourself if you don’t believe us!
Today the School Council did a learning environment walk throughout the school to look at the enriching and spiritual reflective areas that are on display within the classrooms. Children were extremely pleased to have the Collective worship scrap books on display for everyone to have a look at and enjoyed seeing the children’s work displayed. Have a look yourself and see what inspiring things our children are doing!
The importance of prayer
This morning Reverend Jane came in to speak to the children about being resilient through prayer. She asked them to think about what prayer was and all of the different ways we can speak with Jesus and God. The children had a calm, peaceful and reflective Collective Worship.
This morning children from KS1 came down to read with members from the school council. They had the opportunity to read stories to each other and also listen to different stories being read by the school council. It was an absolute pleasure to hear everyon e read and all the children had a lovely morning!
Reverend Sue visited the children this week to discuss the theme of compassion. She chose to listen to the words of the song 'When I needed a neighbour' to allow the children to reflect upon how they can care and look after one another.
George and the Dragon
Today Rev. Sue came in to discuss St George's Day with the children and the meaning of the word 'saint'. She brought along some props and acted out the story with the children which they really enjoyed!
Easter Extravaganza Event
Thursday was a very busy day at St Thomas's, as we also had or Easter Extravaganza event! Thank-you to everyone who came along and participated in the different activities, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did the parents! We greatly value your support and recieved some wonderful feedback from parents and chidlren alike:
"The whole thing was marevelous! Th raffle was fun and the egg hunt was great."
"It was fantastic and really good value for money. The kids absolutely loved it!"
"It was nice to have a spiritual element to the event as well with the children doing the prayers in the garden. That was a lovely touch."
Easter Bonnet Parade
At the end of Thursday's Collective Worship the children also had the opportunity to parade around the hall in their Easter Bonnets! Reverend Sue and Father Steve were amazed at the effort and creativity that the children showed in the creation of their hats and found it really difficult to judge! The first, second and third prize hat winners were rewarded with an Easter egg! Thank-you to everyone who took part, they were all excellent!
As the last day of term was Maundy Thursday, one child per class was given the opportuntiy to have their feet wahed by Reverend Sue and Father Steve. They discussed the story of the Last Supper with the chidlren and reminded them of the significance of, not only the foot washing, but also the symbolism of the egg and Easter itself. The children ended their Collective Worship with a blessing and a hymn.
Collective Worship Scrap Books
This week the school council have been evaluating each classes collective worship scrap book and have been extremely impressed! Each week, every class responds to a key question in a way that they feel is appropriate and there have been some fantastic examples to share. Take a look for yourself if you don't believe us!
This morning the children had their Palm Sunday Collective Worship with Reverend Sue. The chidlren enjoyed listening to and acting out the story of Jesus on his donkey and singing fun songs about his journey.
This morning KS1 children from different classes brought themselves down to read with the school council. They shared their own reading books with one another and discussed their favourite parts. The school council then ended the session by reading a selection of stories to the children. Everyone had fun and we were all impressed by the super reading of all children!
Easter Event-School Council
Today the School Councillors have been busy preparing for our Easter Extravaganza event on 29thMarch. They were sorting and organising different raffle items and ticketing them up ready for the event. They are all very excited! Come down and see their planning in action as tickets are sold to help raise money for our school. We look forward to welcoming you all then!
Today Reverend Sue came in to discuss with the children the meaning of 'Respect'. She read the story of The Good Samaritan and discussed with the children how although we are all different we should still show kindness and respect to everybody.
Father Steve discusses Temptation
Father Steve came in this mroning to discuss with the children what the word temptation means. He encouraged the children to seek advice from friends and family if they ever felt like they might make the wrong choice. He linked this to the lesson that Jesus learnt in the desert when he was tempted by the devil during Lent.
The Art of Brilliance
Today two year 6 members from the school council team went to visit Mareham-Le Fenn Primary School for a school counil workshop. The children were reminded about the importance of being positive and spreading happiness to others and what a wonderful impact that can have on different people all over the world. They teamed together to think of ideas that would help promote these positive thoughts and can not wait to do an assembly to both key stages next term! :)
The school council have been thinking about Lent this week and how they can act as role models for younger children in the school. They have made plans to teach and share Easter stories with the key stage one children in the following weeks to help them understand the importance of Lent and Easter. They have also been working together to act as role model pupils during Lent as they try to, and encourage others, to partiicpate in one kind act everyday.
Reverend Sue visits KS1 and KS2
This morning reverend Jane visited key stage one and key stage 2 to discuss Lent and how Jesus faced temptatins in the dessert. She talked to the children about ovecoming temptations and why during Lent it is important for us to make sacrifices.
The start of Lent
This week reverned Jane visited the year 2 cohort to discuss the significance of Lent. She talked to the children about Ash Wednesday and demonstrated, using real ashes, how people are marked with the sign of the cross to signify the start of Lent. She also discussed with the children what Lent promises were and came up with some class suggestions about how we could be self-less during this time.
Today Father Steve came in to challenge us to reflect about others who command our respect. We thought about jobs in scociety that people do not like, such as the tax collectors in Jesus's day who were hated by many people.
On Friday 10th Novemeber a small number of school councilors from St Thomas's and Wyberton had the opportunity to present a wreath at the Wide Bargate War memorial service. The children showed their respects and got to meet key figures from the Salvation Army and also met the Mayor who commended them on their behaviour during the service. They were lucky enough to share the expeience with other schools, alongside members of the public and war veterans.
Black History Week
To introduce our Black History week and celebrate our theme of diversity, old and new members of the school council worked together to create an assembly for KS1 and KS2. They carefully chose a Bible story and put together a script with a drama that would convey the message, we should always be kind to one another no matter what our differences. This was their first time in front of an audience this year and although they were very nervous, they performed well and enjoyed themselves!
Respect, compassion, endurance, fellowship and trust are our school’s core values, and so are fundamental to the way our school operates. These form the foundation on which we perform, work and conduct ourselves.
As they are all equal in importantance to each other - they are taught side by side as well as singling them out at certain times of the year.
Challenging Sterotypes through Fellowship
On Monday Mrs Riglin led our Collective Worship.The children were able to discuss what fellowship meant to them and how they felt they were able to demsonstrate love, care and thoughtfulness to others. We learnt that all of us are unique in every way and that lots of us have a variety of skills and interests. The school decided that we should get to know someone before making an assumption. Before concluding with a prayer espeically written by Chloe, the children watched a video - observing children working with the elderly.
Being called by God
Reverend Jane led a special Collective Worship today thinking about Jesus' way of life and how he managed to get others to trust in him. The children heard the story about Jesus and the fishermen. The children learned how Jesus wanted to tell others about God's work. He wanted them to have a relationship with God. He encouraged Peter to go back out to fish. Although Peter was reluctant, he eventually agreed. James and John joined them and they took their boat out into the middle of the lake. Jesus told them to throw their nets out into the middle of the lake. Suddenly the boat began rocking with the weight of the fish. It was at this point they decided to become fishermen of people.