The start of the new academic term saw nearly 180 teachers and staff from our schools gather in the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Denbigh. The INSET on offer centred around “Creative, Age-Appropriate Prayer and Collective Worship in School”, “Training, Resourcing and Celebrating Children as Leaders of Collective Worship” and “Practical Ways to Root the Curriculum in Christian Values”.
Shahne Vickery, Education Advisor from the Diocese of Gloucester and the driving force behind Jumping Fish and Imagnor Publications, came to lead the day for us. She shared numerous stories and ideas from her own extensive wisdom and experience, and encouraged participants to reflect on their own schools’ practice. As well as showcasing some existing publications, everyone was encouraged to give feedback on some new and exciting ideas Shane and her team are currently working on.
Participants enjoyed a delicious sharing lunch, celebrating fellowship and building bridges with new friends.
The day ended with a session led by the Diocesan Under-25s Officer, Tim Feak, who reminded everyone of the need to love and look after yourself, as well as those around you.
Each participating school was presented with a copy of the Home School Vales activity pack and the Values Reflection Journal, both of which will supplement and enhance the Roots And Fruits material already used by many of our schools. Every attending delegate was also give a goody-bag including promotional materials, chocolate… and a fizzy bath bomb or nice soap, to encourage everyone to put Tim’s words into practice.
A copy of Shahne’s presentation can be downloaded here.