Bishop James praises links between Cumbrian schools and churches
“Their commitment and co-operation is something we hope to see replicated across the Diocese and we congratulate them all.”
So said the Bishop of Carlisle at a special awards ceremony yesterday which recognised strong partnerships built up between schools and churches across Cumbria.
Pupils, headteachers and clergy gathered at Rydal Hall for the presentation of the Bishop’s Church and School Awards, which are now in their third year.
Those schools to be honoured for working closely with their church communities are:
• Beetham C of E Primary
• Calthwaite C of E Primary
• Grange C of E Primary
• Plumbland C of E Primary
• St Bridget’s C of E Primary, Brigham
• St Matthew’s C of E Primary, Westnewton
All enjoyed afternoon tea and children from each school gave a short presentation about their clubs to the Bishop and representatives from the Diocesan Board of Education.
The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome said: “It is a privilege to be able to present awards to six schools and churches which have worked so well and closely together during the last year.”
Calthwaite C of E Primary hosts a popular monthly Saturday morning club for the whole village community. A weekly lunch time puppet club, links well with school themes and has input into assemblies and church worship.
Headteacher Joseph Askew said: “I am delighted that the work done to strengthen the links between schools and churches has been recognized. The local church has a significant role to play in enhancing the work done in schools around Christian values, as well as developing spiritual aspects of any school family.”
Phillipa Summers, headteacher at Grange C of E Primary, which has an after-school club which links through to a lunch time club, said: “The dedication of the St Paul’s team and the enthusiasm they have for all our school events helps our children develop into caring and thoughtful young people. This award affirms all of this work.”
Application forms for the 2016 award will be available from the Diocesan website from September 2015. Any innovative church and school partnership is welcome to apply.
Notes for editors
Details of what has gone on at each school in terms of Christian clubs.
Beetham C of E Primary – a new after-school club with strong support from local church community and a good visible club presence within both school and church.
Calthwaite C of E Primary – a popular monthly Saturday morning club for the whole village community. A weekly lunch time puppet club, links well with school themes and has input into assemblies and church worship.
Grange C of E Primary – a strong local team running the termly after-school club, which links with the popular weekly lunch time BAM club.
Plumbland C of E Primary – a creative weekly after-school club, linking into collective worship themes and wider church life. Run by an ecumenical partnership between Bassenfell Manor and local churches.
St Bridget’s C of E Primary, Brigham - a fantastic example of an ecumenical after-school club, plus two lunch time clubs which caters for the whole school age range. All clubs link well into the benefice’s and Methodist Circuit’s shared vision for their work with children and families.
St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, Westnewton – a new weekly after-school club led jointly by the school and church, linking into the wider vision for the community.
For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.