Main Street, Netherseal, Derbyshire DE12 8BZ

01283 760283

headteacher@netherseal.derbyshire.sch.uk

Netherseal St Peter's CE Primary School

We have the power to make a change and be the best that we can be

Valuing All God's Children

Click here for 'Thank You - You're Enough' from Faith at Home

Church SIAMS Report October 2019

Personal development, particularly in relation to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is a key element of education.

The purpose of education is to foster personal growth in order to help realise human potential. The whole of our curriculum at Netherseal St.Peter's Church of England School supports this aim. We work hard to enrich and develop the religious character of the school, enabling all pupils to develop spiritually, socially, intellectually and emotionally, linking with the Church of England's desire for education for the whole person enabling 'life in its fullness' (John 10:10). 

We provide a caring, stimulating and supportive environment where pupils, parents and staff feel safe, secure and valued. We achieve this by learning together, playing together and praying together.

Leadership has a very firm commitment to maintaining the school's strong Christian character and has actively developed well-established church links. Craft workshops organised by the church are well-attended and the children often provide work for display in church at key times, for example the Christmas Tree Festival and patronal celebrations.

'Clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.' Colossians 3:12

Our Nativity at St. Peter's Church 

Easter

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Remembrance

We feel that it is important to come together as a school community to pray for hope, love and unity and to remember the sacrifice of those who have died in the service of their country.  

We were the first local school to be awarded the centenary poppy appeal award.

 

'Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.' John 15:13

Click here for our school prayer

There are places around the school where pupils can reflect in 'reflection corners' or 'prayer spaces'. By lighting candles and offering prayer, pupils demonstrate religious tolerance and enquiry.

Click here for The Church of England Statement of Entitlement

Click here for Netherseal Worship Policy 2019

Collective Worship at Netherseal St.Peter's forms part of everyday life and every child is given the opportunity to pray and give thanks to God through words, songs, gestures and silence.

Worship is led by the church, Swadlincote Assembly team, school staff and by the children. Children routinely lead services in church to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

The school also invites members of the congregation into school regularly to lead collective worship. These Christian Assembly Team Assemblies are now well-established and well-received by the children.

 

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic,  we reflected on the suffering, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, seeking the hope, courage and perseverance to be good neighbours and praying for health care workers that He may guide and protect them.

Children created symbols of hope and love: In the piece of art below, the different coloured hands represent diversity and global unity; the rainbow represents God's promise; the dove of peace is holding a cross; and the yellow ribbon and irises represent hope.(Designed by Charlie)

Every School must by law provide religious education and daily collective worship mainly Christian in character.

Courageous Advocacy

At Netherseal St. Peter's, we understand that life can be challenging at times and that all people, including friends, family and global citizens will face difficulties that they may need help to overcome. Part of our ethos is to inspire courageous advocacy and instil Christian Values in the whole school community - this is part of our school motto: We have the power to make a change and be the best that we can be.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Courageous advocacy is speaking out and taking action against an issue of injustice, often on behalf of those whose voice is not heard. Speaking out requires an element (and sometimes a great deal) of courage! 


“Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless” Proverbs 31:8


We are courageous advocates for the common good.  We believe that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow and need loving attention.

Our children have an excellent grasp of the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with that belonging, thereby developing their ability to empathise and make small sacrifices to benefit others. They are actively encouraged to foster an understanding of their importance, impact and influence in the world. We are diligent in showing our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and the people who live in it. Our Christian values ensure that opportunities to discuss the big issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising events to support many good causes, some of which include:

 

  • NSPCC
  • Children in Need
  • Comic Relief
  • Sports Relief
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
  • Harvest Festival Food Donations
  • Swadlincote Food Bank
  • Links with the Leonard Cheshire Home
  • Eco Projects 
  • Jeans for Genes
  • Hello Yellow Campaign
  • Community events such as Christmas Nativities, discos and film nights
  • Staff and children write in the local Parish newsletter to reach out to the community
  • International Schools Award (ISA) - this recognises and celebrates schools that are committed to developing international partnerships which enrich the curriculum and help young learners to become global citizens. 
  • SOS children
  • Save the Children - Ukrainian refugees

 

The school community has for several years sponsored a little girl, Abinaya, who lives in an Indian orphanage, through the charity SOS Children. School Council lead the raising of funds for the £240 sponsorship every year and have a strong commitment to maintaining this. Collections taken at school-led services in church contribute to this fundraising.

Some of our pupils were deeply moved by the plight of Ukrainian refugees and asked if they could help.

Together, they decided on a toy and book sale: we raised over £200 to send to Save the Children, who are distributing food, water, and hygiene kits to refugees arriving at the Romania-Ukraine border and providing child protection services, including targeted support for unaccompanied and separated children.

After receiving an appeal from the Bishop of Derby to support the people of Zimbabwe following a catastrophic cyclone, one of our Year 6 pupils asked if we could raise money - and so our 'Save Zimbabwe Sale' was born! Pupils in Class 1 organised everything and worked extremely hard, writing letters to businesses for donations; baking cakes; designing games; marketing the sale; and buying 'stock' for their stalls. The sale was very well supported by parents and we are proud of what Class 1 achieved!

 

We feel proud that our school is helping to make a difference:

Click here to see just some of the charities we have supported