Our Christian Distinctiveness
Our school strives to serve our community by providing an excellent education for all pupils, of all abilities and backgrounds. We are a Church Controlled primary school and as such, work hard to preserve and develop our distinctive Christian character, liaising closely with the local church (St Eanswith's) and Canterbury Diocese.
The school’s aims are underpinned by a commitment to guiding our children to an understanding of the Christian faith. We aim for them to leave us, having started on a spiritual journey that will enrich their adult lives. This reflects the Christian context in which all our pupils strive to make progress and enjoy forming encouraging and supportive relationships.
Consequently, the atmosphere at Brenzett is special, often commented upon by visitors to our school. Behind this lies the consistent and valued place of Collective Worship as a whole school community. We meet for worship daily as a whole school and are led by all staff members in turn, incorporating the reading of the Bible and a modern song or traditional hymn. Pupils begin and end these times with words for gathering and sending the school community.
A team of pupils setup and operate all necessary audio/visual equipment for Collective Worship, giving them ownership over these special moments in our day and the responsibility of teamwork.
There are many highpoints in our Worship calendar; Holy Communion is celebrated at the end of each term, led by the local priest. Weekly Achievement Assemblies reward pupils nominated by staff for their contribution to school life and this is shared with the parent community. Whilst not necessarily academic, this provides opportunity for celebration of development of the whole pupil and qualities of Christian character. We are looking to re-establish the close links we have with St Eanwith's to give our children the opportunity to worship in a different space once on a regular basis, led by our vicar and school staff.
Any parent has the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship on religious grounds. Please speak to the Headteacher if you have any questions about this.
Our school has 6 core Christian values as listed below each with a Bible story that embodies the idea of that value.
Jesus heals a man born blind, John 9
The last supper, Matthew 26:17-39
The Holy Spirit comes to Pentecost, Acts 2
Prodigal Son, Luke 15
The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25
The healing touch of Jesus, Mark 5:40