Links to our Local Church
Jesus said ‘Let the children come to me’.
The Church has long sought to support and nurture children in the love of God and the many Church Schools around the country are a sign of this.
Bourn Primary Academy enjoys close links with the parish church of Bourn, St Helena and St Mary’s and we are each enriched by the other.
The school pupils, staff and support staff are prayed for regularly in Bourn church and a number of the pupils and their families worship regularly in this church and in the churches of St Andrew in Caxton, All Saints and St Andrew in Kingston and St Mary the Virgin in Longstowe, as well as elsewhere.
One of the vicars of these parishes, Revd. Stephen Day leads an assembly in the school most weeks, often exploring a Bible story with the children in an interactive way.
When major festivals are celebrated throughout the Church Year, the whole school comes up to the church and we hold a service in which the children participate in word, action and song.
Throughout the year there are occasions when different classes will visit the church, perhaps for a fact-finding visit, perhaps to take part in a specific event which explores some of our rich Christian themes, such as ‘Easter Experience’, ‘Harvest’, or perhaps for a multi-disciplinary learning experience such as the Key Stage 1 ‘wedding day’.
The talented musicians of the school sometimes work in partnership with the church in events around the local community, such as Christmas carol singing for older members of the community and orchestral performances in the Church Summer Fete. The children take part in events at places of worship like Ely Cathedral and Kings College Chapel. One such festival at Ely was “Songs of God and Science” where the school wrote a song called “God’s Masterplan” (both lyrics and music) to perform in the cathedral. Here is a recording from YouTube.
At the end of the academic year, the churches within the catchment villages fund a gift for each child in year 6, which is sometimes a Bible or perhaps an olive-wood holding cross.
These links are continued out of school with monthly children’s services in Bourn, the Christingle at Longstowe to which all children are invited to raise money for The Children’s Society, the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal and in the beautiful Christmas Nativity event on a local Bourn farm.
The Church also contributes to the good governance of the school through the provision of up to three Foundation Governors.
The Church supports the school with its values of hope, courage, justice, forgiveness and friendship, with the prayer that each child will find a place to flourish with their God-given potential and that he will give them life in all its fullness.
The school’s latest SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) report can be found on the Reports and Policies page.