I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
This Bible quote fully explains our Christian ethos and is the essence of our school.
Strong Christian values are at the heart of our work and central to the school’s teaching and learning. One of the broad aims of our School is to help children learn that Christian values, such as Respect, Compassion, Perseverance, Friendship, Forgiveness and Trust are essential qualities.
We have many community links and, within the village of Nutley, we have strong links with Reverend Ben Sear and St. James the Less Church. We enjoy fortnightly assemblies from Reverend Ben, he supports our RE curriculum by coming into school to speak to classes and we visit the church e.g. exploring St James the Less Church to understand why it’s a special place and what the architecture and the symbols mean, re-enactment of key services, for instance, a baptism service. We also hold our Harvest Service, Christmas Carol Service, Easter Service, Year 6 Leavers service in the church and deliver harvest boxes to the village community. Nutley Sports and Prestige Centre sponsor our year 6 Kit Car Team and our active PFA are always present at the annual Nutley Fete.
Within East Sussex, we collect donations for the Uckfield Foodbank, sing carols to the residents of Brooklands and Temple Grove Care Homes, and raise funds for St. Wilfred’s Hospice. We have strong links with Uckfield College: members of the PE department organise special lessons and inter school tournaments, the maths department come into school to meet and teach upper key stage 2 and the technology department hold an inter school rocket building championship and the Uckfield Kit Car Grand Prix.
Further afield we support the Quicken Trust, a children’s Christian charity that transforms the lives of people living in poverty in Kabubbu, Uganda through volunteering and community development and Children in Need.
Today Badgers met Reverend Ben and discussed whether science and religion are complementary. He answered lots of questions like:
Do you think creation happened in 7 days?
Do you think God created the world?
Do you believe in aliens?
The questions showed knowledge of Christianity, curiosity and intelligence. Thanks to Reverend Ben for sitting in the hot seat!