Our home church, Trinity, has always had a good relationship with the community school just across the road from us. TrinityLearning has enabled us to develop this into a real partnership. Here, we describe just a few of our links, in the hope that it will give other churches and schools some ideas.
Carswell Community School uses the church as a large meeting place for its services at Harvest, Christmas and year-end. TrinityLearning staff run workshops to help children develop their own readings and prayers and help with rehearsals, while volunteers supply a warm welcome for parents, with hot drinks in the church hall as they wait services on wintry mornings. Several members of our congregation support 1:1 reading in the school and the school has joined us in fund-raising for various causes. Each year KS1 pupils come over for workshops on Light and Baptism.
Helping Carswell to realise a reflective sensory garden for KS1 pupils was our very first big project. School staff are too busy to undertake big “extras” like this. TrinityLearning designed the garden and project-managed its development, with local groups contributing labour, money and plants. Since then, the school has allowed us to pilot many projects with their students, including:
- Hello Abingdon
- Reflective Spaces for Remembrance
- Putting Yourself First – Stress Management for Primary Teachers
- Emotions in motion – emotional literacy & opportunities to express feelings through dance
- Thinking Books – mentoring on emotional literacy through reading
Thanks to this collaboration and the hard work of Carswell’s staff, the school became a Beacon School for The Peaceful Schools Movement in February 2015.