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Education Sunday

by Michael Ford last modified 15 Feb, 2011 04:39 PM

Schools across Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset will join parishes for special services celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the National Society from Sunday 20 February.

Education Sunday

The National Society: 200 years

St. Mark's CE VA First School, Swanage, will lead an all-age service in St Mark’s church on Sunday 20 February. Pupils will play a piece on recorders, and contribute art, prayers and memories of school on bricks, which will be used during the service and will then form a wall design in the church.

All Saints C of E Secondary School, Wyke Regis, will be celebrating internationally. Four students and three staff will travel to Bimbilla in Ghana to join the congregation at the Roman Catholic church. Students, parents, staff and governors will be invited to e-mail a prayer or spiritual reflection to the school on Sunday 20th, which will then be added to the school’s website.

By contrast, Chapmanslade CE Primary School’s planned celebrations will take place in September, with a musical theme of ‘unity’. The school is working on a collective knitting project throughout the academic year, with sections for each term, and will be collaborating with Jason Thornton, leader of the Bath Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Clara Grant School in London. Clara Grant, a former pupil, moved to the East End of London in 1888 and became a well-known headteacher.

Headteacher Joss Jewell said today, “Some of our main priorities and learning outcomes are quite simple. The children here are keen to help others, even sponsoring a little boy in Romania, and they are learning to be kind. It doesn’t cost a lot to be kinder than you would normally be. We think this as hugely important and it’s underestimated as a life skill.”

Diocesan Director of Education Chris Shepperd said: “This anniversary year is a chance to remember the huge contribution made by the Church in setting up schools so many years ago. We’re continuing to build stronger links with parishes and communities, and are grateful for the support of local parishes, working alongside staff and governors to deliver high educational standards.”



National Society’s Anniversary Website 
Online piece about Clara Grant

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Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator:
01722 438651,


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