Gold RE Quality Mark
We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded the highest accolade from the Religious Education Council of England and Wales: the Gold RE Quality Mark. The REQM recognises high quality RE, providing learners with authentic experiences and contributing to whole school outcomes.
In June, we welcomed Mr Robert Boulter, RE Quality Mark Assessor, to the Academy to meet with pupils and to discuss the fantastic learning taking place in RE. In his report, he said, "Pupils articulate knowledge and understanding of themes within RE beyond their age. It is more A level than middle school. It is phenomenal to witness. Huge independence of thought, critical thinking skills expressed. Exemplary leadership, within the school and with outside groups, role modelling the delivery of RE of the highest calibre. Written and verbal evidence, coupled with sheer enthusiasm, demonstrates the central importance of RE within the school as a key driver of excellence in achievement, behaviour and ethos. It is a credit to the school. It was a privilege to witness such a vibrant department. I was enriched."
We look forward to continuing to strive for excellence, knowing that 'all things are possible through Him' (Philippians 4:13).
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Pupils in Year 6 have been enjoying their Art and RE project, "Picturing Heaven". They have been challenged to represent their own convictions about what heaven might be like through painting, sculpture, sketching or whatever other medium they prefer. The pieces so far have been very thought-provoking indeed.
We are very proud of the fantastic effort of many of our pupils in RE recently. Below is a selection of written responses to 'challenge tasks'. These short pieces of independent writing are a chance for pupils to demonstrate their learning and show off their super RE skills.
Year 5 Islam and Christianity Exhibition
At Christ Church, we believe that excellent RE must include learning about and from a variety of faiths. This year, pupils in Year 5 experienced the Islam and Christianity Exhibition. During the day they met with practicing Muslims and Christians and explored artefacts and texts from both traditions. The children were able to ask lots of interesting questions and learned so much from the day. We are very grateful to the PTA for generously funding this opportunity for our pupils.
Easter Reflection Breakout Day
Before half term Year 5 pupils enjoyed a special day of RE focused on the importance of Easter and the Resurrection. After learning about the Last Supper and its origins, with Reverend Kingman staging a ‘moving picture’ of the events in the hall, pupils returned to their form groups to see if they could create artwork that reflected the meaning of the Resurrection for them. We were blown away by the variety of their responses and by their creativity and originality. During the day each form was able to take a break from their art sessions by attending Reflection in our Dance and Drama Studio. The room was transformed using purple lighting and quiet music, and the children were invited to consider their own beliefs about the Resurrection and to spend time in prayer. The day culminated in an exhibition of their work and a final act of worship, designed, planned and delivered by the pupils themselves. Well done Year 5!
Prayer Tent Activities
Pupils across the school have been evaluating the activities in our prayer tent and designing new ones for this term. They have worked really hard to consider how they can best equip the space for meaningful worship.
This month we have been collecting donations of non-perishable good to be given to our local food bank. Thanks to the generosity of our children and their families, we have collected hundreds of items which will be distributed this week. It is super to see our Christian values being lived out in this way.
In RE this week the children have been learning about Remembrance Day. We discussed what the day means to us and why the poppy is the symbol associated with remembrance. The children created some beautiful poems and prayers on this theme which were displayed in the RE classroom and within our Prayer Space.
This November staff and students at CCA have been packing Christmas gifts to send to children all around the world. As part of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal, the school donated 117 shoeboxes full of presents. We are very proud of the effort that so many people put in and it is wonderful to see the whole community living out our Christian values of compassion and generosity.
Christ Church Tour
This week students in Year 5 visited Christ Church for a guided tour. As part of their topic on places of worship they learned more about the purposes of many of the church's features and their history. Reverend Kingman explained the stories behind the beautiful stained glass windows and told the children about the importance of the Anglican Eucharist. A wonderful time was had by all!
During the month of September the children at CCA donated hundreds of items of food in preparation for our Harvest celebrations. Their generosity was incredible and we were able to give all of the produce to the Stone Community Hub food bank. The children learned about how their gifts would be received when Jo Yendole from the Hub visited us and spoke to the whole school during our church service. Many students also gave up their time to pack the food into bags and deliver it to the food bank. It has been inspiring to hear how a small act of generosity can make a very big impact on the life of someone so close to home. It has also been a fantastic opportunity for the children to see how they can put our prayer theme of generosity into practice.
We are very proud of our students who recently fundraised over £400 in order to create a dedicated prayer space in school. After wondering how they could make better use of our very large RE room the students set about creating innovative designs for the space and the activities that they imagined taking place inside. As a result of their very hard work we now have a special prayer space at CCA which is entirely designed and maintained by the children. They are able to use the space at various times during the school day as well as during their RE lessons. To celebrate their fantastic achievement,The Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford, visited CCA to open the prayer space and to meet with the students who helped to create it.
Soul Survivor News
This summer students from Christ Church Academy spent the day at Soul Survivor- a Christian festival held each year especially for young people. We experienced some amazing prayer and worship among thousands of young Christians and enjoyed meeting people from all different walks of life who shared our faith. One highlights of many from the day was listening to His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby answer questions put to him by the young people in attendance. We also thoroughly enjoyed listening the The Rend Collective who performed live, as well as dancing at the silent disco! We are already looking forward to a repeat visit next year.
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