Church primary school develops reflective spaces
A South Lakes church school has developed special indoor and outdoor reflective spaces as part of a commitment to its founding Christian values.
The Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, joined parents, carers and members of the local community at Flookburgh C of E Primary for the official opening of a Reflective Garden which forms a dedicated outdoor space.
He was joined by nine volunteers from various churches around the Cartmel Peninsula who spent the day working alongside pupils and staff.
Headteacher Gill Pett said: “These special spaces have provided opportunities for all of our pupils to engage with, and develop, a greater spiritual understanding of the purpose of reflection and contemplation and the impact that this has on their lives, and the lives of others.”
It follows work by the whole school community over the last two terms as part of a commitment to revisit and develop understanding of the core Christian values – respect, hope, compassion and forgiveness - that lie at the school’s foundation.
One of the Flookburgh pupils summed up the impact of the work that has taken place this year saying: “When I worship, I feel as if my problems go away.”
The school has worked in partnership with the Diocese of Carlisle to develop the reflective spaces. Some temporary pop-up prayer stations were provided by a diocesan team on the official opening day, but the school also has dedicated reflective areas in every classroom.
Sarah Hulme, Church and Schools Officer for the Diocese of Carlisle, said: “It was a fantastic celebration of all the hard work put in by staff, students and the wider supporting community. It was a really great day with space for reflection and quiet amongst the excitement.”
Bishop Robert officially opened the school’s first outdoor reflective garden on Monday afternoon (July 13) with the planting of a strawberry tree and, along with all the visitors, he also spent time reflecting at the 12 prayer stations.
For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.