As a staff we reflected on how we are called to serve, within our school and in our local community. Having recently spent time reviewing the Vision, Mission and Values of Christ the King, we wanted to use these as a starting point for our discussions with children around the theme of ‘Called to Serve’.
In classes, teachers encouraged the children to think about our school values, based on the Fruits of the Spirit, and how these values help us to serve others. The ideas, as a result of this, were then creatively displayed on our classroom doors as a reminder to the children of the ways we serve others.
As part of our celebrations for the Feast of Christ the King, we planned and held a ‘Be Spirited’ week in school. During the week the children took part in various activities which helped them to explore and gain a deeper understanding of Jesus as Christ the King. We began the week with our Collective Worship looking at the type of king Jesus came to be and the Kingdom he came to build. During the week the children reflected on Jesus as the Servant King and how in turn we are called to serve others.
Our School Council are active in their work in serving others in our wider community, through charitable events which they plan and lead within school.
Our Mini-Vinnies are committed to their motto “Turning concern into action.” In response to our “Called to Serve” mission they organised a collection of food, toiletry items and toys for our local food bank. Our Mini-Vinnies then worked alongside the volunteers at Thornaby Food Bank to sort through the donations and displayed them ready for collection.
Y4/5 were Called to Serve by being Stewards of Creation and are aiming to reduce plastic pollution. We visited ASDA to learn which plastics can be recycled and to hear how ASDA are aiming to reduce pollution. We also investigated packing and suggested some plastic free alternatives, such as buying loose bananas, wrapped in a paper bag.