Here at St Eustachius, we are blessed to have two Church Schools, St Rumon’s and St Peter’s, with which we have a really close relationship.
We seek to support the schools in their aim to develop an environment in which all children can explore deeper questions of spirituality. Led by Mrs Suzy Dyter, the Headteacher, the schools’ vision is to enable every child to ‘Live life to the fullest’ (drawing on John 10:10), which is summed up in three words – Dream, Achieve, Inspire. For this vision to be effective, it must be known, lived out and have a measurable impact upon relationships and in the curriculum.
The schools use a relationship approach, exploring spirituality through:
- Relationship with self
- Relationship with others
- Relationship with the world and beyond
- Relationship with God and the transcendent
They use the visual below to help the children to understand this and as a cue to make sure this vision is being embedded across the curriculum and school life:
A recent review of the school supported the staff and the children to reflect on how the school enables everyone to flourish. The Trust and Governors observed an assembly (nowadays called Collective Worship), led by Father Matt. They also visited RE lessons and looked at the curriculum to see how teaching and learning contributes to pupils’ understanding and knowledge of the Christian faith, as well as of other faiths and of spirituality as a whole.
Together we were looking at the quality and impact of collective worship on enabling pupils and adults to flourish. The outcome of the review was very positive and encouraging.
Finally, we have vacancies on the Governing Body for the schools. If you wish to find out more about the invaluable support governors give to the schools, please see more detail at this link or speak to Catherine Stoate, one of our Churchwardens.