Our Church School
Christian Vision & Values
Our vision for our Christian community at the Riverside Federation is that our pupils feel valued for who they are, reach their full potential through high quality, inspirational learning experiences and are ready for life in an ever-changing world. We aim to treat everyone in our community with compassion, friendship and tolerance, and instil high aspirations for all, underpinned by the teaching that we 'love our neighbour as ourselves.' (Mark 12:31)
Our school values of Compassion, Friendship, Tolerance and Aspiration are rooted in the teachings of Jesus as found in the New Testament:
|Jesus' teachings frequently emphasised compassion and mercy. The parable of the Good Samaritan, for example, highlights the importance of showing kindness and compassion to those in need.
|Jesus referred to his followers as friends in the Gospel of John, fostering a sense of camaraderie and emphasising the value of loving one another. The concept of Christian community and fellowship is central to the idea of friendship.
|The teachings of Jesus encourage believers to love their neighbours, even those with different beliefs. The principle of tolerance can be derived from the command to love others unconditionally.
|Christian aspiration often revolves around spiritual growth, seeking to emulate the virtues of Christ. The apostle Paul, in his letters, encourages believers to strive for a higher standard of living and to aspire toward a spiritual goal with determination and perseverance.
As we 'love our neighbour as ourselves' we set a high moral standard for our behaviour and attitudes, aspiring to a love that goes beyond self-interest. It reinforces the overarching principle that love and compassion should guide all interactions within the community, rooted in Jesus' central commandment.
Links with the Church
The school has a special relationship with the community of Bodiam through its association with the Parish Church of St Giles. We attend the church regularly for special events and celebrations, which reflect the Liturgical Calendar including Christmas, Easter and Harvest. Pupils sing, dance, read from the Bible, perform poetry and experience and communicate the essence of an occasion in many different ways.
The local vicar of Bodiam & Ewhurst regularly comes to the school to lead our Collective Worship and takes part in special celebrations.
As a Church of England school, we are subject to the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). Our latest report is available below:
Collective worship is held daily and is the heartbeat of our school. Throughout the year we focus on each of our values of Compassion, Friendship, Tolerance and Aspiration whilst continuing to keep the teaching of 'love our neighbour as ourselves' (Mark 12:31) at the forefront of our daily reflection.
We plan and prepare worship to support deep, reflective discussion. We encourage children to think about their values and what is important to them; to challenge ignorance and intolerance; to voice their opinions and to build on their own understanding of national and global events. Daily collective worship is inclusive, invitational and inspirational; creating a space for an encounter with faith.
The children also explore the British values of mutual respect, individual liberty, democracy, the rule of law and tolerance, alongside the UN Rights of the Child, enabling them to develop as global citizens who are aware of the wider world and their place in it.
|Whole school value-based worship
|Whole school Picture News worship
|Whole school Singing worship
|Whole school 'Celebrating Success' worship
All staff are involved in leading worship across the week. We are supported by the local Vicar who leads worship once or twice a term. Pupils lead worship in the form of House worship once a term.
Collective Worship Coverage documentsValue-based worship Picture News coverage: Term 3
Prayer life of the school
As a Church of England school which upholds a strong Christian ethos, we recognise the importance of prayer as a time to become connected to God and to communicate with Him. Pupils are invited to join in daily acts of prayer through Collective Worship.
As an inclusive school, we welcome those of all faiths and none, and opportunities for prayer and reflection are sensitive to a variety of needs and attitudes; prayer is therefore always invitational.
Each classroom has a reflection space which acts as a focus for class worship. These spaces offer opportunities for pupils to reflect on big questions, be still and focus their mind in thought or prayer and express feelings such as gratitude.
Our Federation Prayer
Today and every new day, help us to learn, to play and to pray, to concentrate on all we do, to understand others and think about you. Help us to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Our End-of-Day Prayer
Thank you God for this fine day, for all our work and all our play
Thank you God for friends and fun and God bless everyone.
PoliciesCollective Worship Policy, December 2023