Our link with St Catharine’s Church and our local Community
The link between our school and the parish of St Catharine’s is maintained through its’ Foundation Governors appointed by Church officials. Children visit the church for special services, for example Christingle, and as part of their on-going learning in religious education. Their children’s worker holds regular meetings with the worship team.
The vicar of St Catharine’s as well as other local clergy from the Gloucester area play an active role in the life of the school.
Fundraising for charities takes place throughout the year. Proceeds are often donated to Christian Charities like Christian Aid, Save the Children and the local food bank.
Our drama and choir group performs in church, for the elderly in the parish and for local businesses. Art work is also displayed in the community including the Cathedral.
The school attends the annual Y6 Church of England Schools’ Leavers Service in the Cathedral.
We have links with other Church of England primary schools through the Gloucester Schools’ Partnership and also with The King’s School.
Follow this link to St Catharine's website: http://www.stcatharine.org.uk/
Our Creation Story Cross
The children were extremely lucky to have a visit from the Rt Revd Robert Springett, the Bishop of Tewkesbury, to dedicate a cross that a group of children had made as part of the school’s University programme. Bishop Robert lead a school worship where the children explained about how they made the mosaic cross depicting the Creation story.
Year 5 led our Harvest Festival where they shared what they have learnt about this important time of year. They read some fantastic poems and thoughtful prayers which they had written themselves and acted out the story of 'Lazurus and the rich man’. Rev’d John Itumu from St Catharines led us in a prayer of thanks. We received a huge amount of donations of food and toiletries which we have given to Gloucester Food Bank. Phil from the food bank came into school and spoke to the children about where their donations would go and how they are helping our community. Thank you to all of our Kingsholm family for the generous donations and Year 5 for such a fantastic assembly.
The snow and ice did not stop our Christingle service. Instead of us going to St Catharine's Church, St Catharine's Church came to us! We were extremely lucky to have Rev. John Itumu, Rev. David Whale and Minty join us for our Christingle Service. We had all made our own Christingle candles and they told us what each part represents. We also learnt about the good work that Save The Children do and we sang a variety of Christmas songs along with our school choir.
Rugby World Cup Prayer Space
To celebrate the Rugby World Cup being on our doorstep the children in Year 2 to Year 6 all had the opportunity to exerience our themed prayer space. The worship team, alongside Helen from St Catharine's, planned creative activities to explore the Rugby Football Union's values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportmanship.
Parents also had the opportunity to experience the prayer space.
Due to building work in St Catharine's, we held Explore Easter in school. Rev David Whale and Rev John Itumu came into school and led the experience alongside our Year 5 helpers. All of the children from Year 1 to Year 6 went along and reflected on the Easter story whilst working at each station. It was a great success and enjoyed by all!