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 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 this week. 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.
Christ Church Academy Open Morning - Saturday 6th October 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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