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by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2019 01:16 PM
"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"- Anne Frank
Thank a Teacher Day 2020

Thank a Teacher Day 2020

by Emma Waters 21 May 2020

This Thursday was #Thankateacher Day, and messages of thanks to all staff who work in schools have been posted, emailed, hand-delivered, tweeted, sung and videoed right across the diocese.

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Looking to the Rainbow – something special to share with everyone

Looking to the Rainbow – something special to share with everyone

by Emma Waters 21 May 2020

We may not be all together at the moment, but schools across the country have been encouraged to join in with the Church of England’s #faithathome project, involving singing in a ‘virtual choir’.

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Getting 'In the Mood' for VE Day!

Getting 'In the Mood' for VE Day!

by Emma Waters 13 May 2020

Crockerton CE Primary School brings its community together through Music and Dance to celebrate VE Day!

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Back together through song!

Back together through song!

by Emma Waters 13 May 2020

The children and staff of Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy have met again to create a ‘virtual choir’ to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

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School's ANZAC video brings people together across the world

School's ANZAC video brings people together across the world

by Emma Waters 13 May 2020

Sutton Veny’s ANZAC* Anniversary Service 2020 was decidedly different this year, but went ahead 'virtually', building community across the globe, with the help of great teamwork and a creative use of technology by both church and school.

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Running for The Rocket

Running for The Rocket

by Emma Waters 28 April 2020

At the start of this term, Emily Mullord, headteacher at Shrewton CE VC Primary School, led a ‘back to school worship’ with a difference. Not only was it ‘virtual’ and shared to families by email and Twitter, but she hinted at a challenge she would unveil later in the week...

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Giving a Helping Hand

Giving a Helping Hand

by Emma Waters 29 April 2020

Furloughed colleagues who would normally be working at the Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton have turned their hands to helping others. From sewing to calling vulnerable people or making videos to spread positive messages, read on to see what some of them have been up to.

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Thank you - for the way schools are making a difference in their communities

Thank you - for the way schools are making a difference in their communities

by Emma Waters 6 April 2020

In times of 'school closure' when school leaders, teachers and their communities are very much still at work, we share some words from the Diocesan Director of Education and just one example of ways that a school is making a difference in its community.

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Values in Action - Compassion

Values in Action - Compassion

by Emma Waters 16 April 2020

At Wimborne St Giles First School, children have been reaching into to the community and living-out the value of compassion.

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Saving Waste and Saving Lives

Saving Waste and Saving Lives

by Emma Waters 6 April 2020

Even though school is closed for most, during Covid-19 distancing measures, the children at St James’ CE VC First School, Wimborne, are still thinking of and helping to improve the lives of others.

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Rainbows of Hope appear in windows across the Diocese!

Rainbows of Hope appear in windows across the Diocese!

by Emma Waters 3 April 2020

Railings draped with them, windows filled with them, pavements chalked with them; children and young people across the diocese are getting creative as they encourage passers-by to smile and help bring the community together - all through ‘rainbow power’!

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DBE courses postponed

DBE courses postponed

by Michael Ford 19 March 2020

The DBE has made the decision to postpone all courses this term and have let all those who are booked on to them know:

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How can we make Collective Worship even better in our schools?

How can we make Collective Worship even better in our schools?

by Michael Ford 19 March 2020

Headteachers, teachers and clergy from Wiltshire involved in leading Collective Worship in schools took part in an after school workshop at Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy in Great Cheverell.

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Believe, Achieve and Grow

Believe, Achieve and Grow

by Michael Ford 11 March 2020

Ofsted has praised one of our Wiltshire primary schools for enabling pupils to ‘live by the motto believe, achieve and grow’ as the school is graded ‘Good’ in all areas.

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Bedtime stories in front of the fire

Bedtime stories in front of the fire

by Michael Ford 11 March 2020

World Book Day was an incredible page-turner at one Wiltshire Primary school where it was ‘book o’clock’ all day!

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"A very good start!"

"A very good start!"

by Michael Ford 5 March 2020

One Wiltshire's school vision - 'Becoming the best we can be' - is being applied to their paperwork, with impressive results.

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New School Leaders Welcomed

New School Leaders Welcomed

by Michael Ford 28 February 2020

The team at the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) was delighted to welcome 12 school leaders new to their school’s headship for a morning of training, which concluded with a Commissioning Service led by Bishop Andrew.

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KOF-ing up some funding

KOF-ing up some funding

by Michael Ford 28 February 2020

A group of Wiltshire schoolchildren calling themselves KOF (Kids Organising Fundraising) have been raising money for various charities including Cancer Research and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

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Eco Gathering

Eco Gathering

by Michael Ford 28 February 2020

On Friday 14th February, Eco Club at Sandford St Martin’s Primary School organised an eco gathering in support of the children around the world taking part in climate strikes.

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Celebrating Collaboration

Celebrating Collaboration

by Michael Ford 5 February 2020

It’s 10 o’clock on a very ordinary weekday morning at St James VC school in Gaunts Common near Wimborne, and the 100 or so children are sitting quietly, cross-legged, waiting with obvious focus for proceedings to start... A report by Headteacher Jacqui Booth.

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Reaching for the stars

Reaching for the stars

by Michael Ford 5 February 2020

Westbury Leigh Primary School spent a wonderful, clear-skied evening stargazing with the Wiltshire Astronomical Society.

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"A sheer privilege and joy"

"A sheer privilege and joy"

by Michael Ford 29 January 2020

The Revd Philip Bromiley gives us his take on being a Foundation Governor in one of our church schools in Wiltshire.

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Spirituality Day at Bishops Cannings

Spirituality Day at Bishops Cannings

by Michael Ford 29 January 2020

Bishops Cannings Primary School held a Spirituality Day after being awarded a grant from the Bishops Wordsworth Educational Trust.

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Shaping young minds with Polydron

Shaping young minds with Polydron

by Michael Ford 29 January 2020

A school in north Wiltshire has partnered with a successful manufacturer to aid pupils' aspirations.

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Young Voices in unison

Young Voices in unison

by Michael Ford 22 January 2020

Children from Forest and Sandridge School in Wiltshire have sung with a legendary pop star.

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New reflection and sensory area in Okeford Fitzpaine

New reflection and sensory area in Okeford Fitzpaine

by Michael Ford 15 January 2020

Okeford Fitzpaine Primary School has been successful with another grant application, this time through Allchurches Trust.

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Put a dent in Loneliness

Put a dent in Loneliness

by Michael Ford 15 January 2020

This Easter, schools in our diocese are being invited to 'ShareTheMiracle' locally and help 'put a dent in loneliness'.

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What's missing from the Christingle?

What's missing from the Christingle?

by Michael Ford 8 January 2020

The Children's Society Christingle Services have become a popular part of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany celebrations in our churches and schools, and are a great opportunity for whole communities to come together.

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Pamphill's Wimborne Nativity

Pamphill's Wimborne Nativity

by Michael Ford 18 December 2019

The children of Pamphill First School and Pamphill Pre-school teamed up to perform "a wonderful nativity in the beautiful setting at Wimborne Minster," according to Head of School Rachael Oliver.

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A Messy Advent in Semington

A Messy Advent in Semington

by Michael Ford 18 December 2019

St George's Primary School regularly opens up to its community in Wiltshire in creative, engaging ways - and Advent is no exception.

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Vision and Values

Vision and Values

by Michael Ford 5 December 2019

Westbury Leigh CE Primary has been reviewing the school's vision for children to be inspired, aspire to their dreams, and for everyone to work hard to help them achieve these.

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Commissioned into school governance

Commissioned into school governance

by Michael Ford 27 November 2019

For Dan Roberts and Julie Walker, the evening of Tuesday 8th October was very special. It marked the beginning of a new phase for them both in their life and work in schools in our Diocese as Julie was commissioned by Dan and the Revd Wendy Cooper into her role as a governor at Ludgershall Castle Primary School (LCPS).

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Westbury Leigh Remembers

Westbury Leigh Remembers

by Michael Ford 20 November 2019

At Westbury Leigh Primary School, the school community remembered together those who gave, and who still are willing to give, their lives for our country in securing a better future for everyone.

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Melksham School Strikes Gold

Melksham School Strikes Gold

by Michael Ford 12 November 2019

Forest & Sandridge has been awarded the Gold Religious Education Quality Mark (REQM) by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales.

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Cinders goes to church

Cinders goes to church

by Michael Ford 6 November 2019

How can a hamster help fulfil a school's vision for its pupils?

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Switching to Solar

Switching to Solar

by Michael Ford 6 November 2019

Our Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton has a new solar panel installation.

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Education in service to the whole community

Education in service to the whole community

by Michael Ford 23 October 2019

Our Director of Education has shared the Diocese’s vision for education and commitment to community with Dorset clergy and educationalists at a special breakfast hosted by Bishop Karen.

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Respect for values

Respect for values

by Michael Ford 23 October 2019

Seend CE School has found a distinctive approach to teaching values, as Headteacher Jackie Chalk explains.

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A Silver Standard of Health

A Silver Standard of Health

by Michael Ford 16 October 2019

The Trinity CE Primary Academy in Devizes has achieved a Healthy Schools Silver Award.

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A Blooming Success

A Blooming Success

by Michael Ford 17 October 2019

Forest & Sandridge CE Primary School is extremely proud to have been recognised in the 2018 Britain in Bloom awards.

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Stepping back in time at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

Stepping back in time at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

by Michael Ford 9 October 2019

Year 5 Milldown CE Academy school children from Blandford experienced a poignant tour of the highly acclaimed onsite WW1 display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

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An Enormous Pumpkin

An Enormous Pumpkin

by Michael Ford 2 October 2019

It sounds like a children's story, but this Enormous Pumpkin is all too real!

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Confirming the Vision

Confirming the Vision

by Michael Ford 25 September 2019

5 former Seend Primary School pupils, now at secondary schools, have recently been confirmed.

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The More We Believe, The More We Achieve

The More We Believe, The More We Achieve

by Michael Ford 18 September 2019

The children at St James’ CE First School on the outskirts of Wimborne have created a magnificent tapestry depicting the parable of The Good Shepherd.

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Expectations, Nurture and Love

Expectations, Nurture and Love

by Michael Ford 10 September 2019

St Andrew’s Primary School in Laverstock has scored highly in a recent inspection.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

by Michael Ford 3 September 2019

Canon Joy Tubbs, our Director of Education welcomes the staff, pupils and governors back after their summer break.

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Water Good Idea!

Water Good Idea!

by Michael Ford 23 July 2019

Pupils at Alderbury and West Grimstead Primary School in Salisbury are discovering more about the natural world in their new outdoor classroom.

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'I've had an Amazing Day!'

'I've had an Amazing Day!'

by Michael Ford 16 July 2019

In a first for local Year 4 pupils, 155 children came to Wimborne Minster to celebrate their move to Middle School and, as one pupil remarked, it was an "amazing day"!

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Excellence bears Fruit

Excellence bears Fruit

by Michael Ford 16 July 2019

Verwood CE First School has received plaudits in a recent school inspection.

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"Be the best you can be!"

"Be the best you can be!"

by Michael Ford 9 July 2019

1600 of our Year 6 pupils were given the chance to celebrate their last days at primary school in style with very a special Leavers' celebration at Salisbury Cathedral.

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Making a splash and jumping long

Making a splash and jumping long

by Michael Ford 3 July 2019

Two Poole schoolboys are celebrating national wins in atheltics and swimming.

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Teacher of the Year Award in Poole

Teacher of the Year Award in Poole

by Michael Ford 25 June 2019

Congratulations replaced lessons when pupils found out their Head of History had won a Teacher of the Year Prize.

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Generosity and Appreciation

Generosity and Appreciation

by Michael Ford 25 June 2019

Seend CE School's annual sponsored walk has raised £628 this year.

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Singing Together

Singing Together

by Michael Ford 18 June 2019

A 4-school choir hit all the right notes when they performed together in Salisbury.

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Thy Kingdom Come - in Warminster

Thy Kingdom Come - in Warminster

by Michael Ford 18 June 2019

Thy Kingdom Come, the global wave of prayer, wasn't just an event for churches, as one Wiltshire primary school demonstrated admirably.

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Pupils "proud of their School"

Pupils "proud of their School"

by Michael Ford 30 May 2019

A Dorset church school where Ofsted inspectors described pupils as "proud of their school" has come out of special measures.

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Recycling by Design

Recycling by Design

by Michael Ford 30 May 2019

DSAT St Peter's School, north-west of Salisbury has collaborated with Wiltshire Scrapstore to produce three stylish designs using recycled and reusable materials.

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Holding Hands Across the Earth

Holding Hands Across the Earth

by Michael Ford 14 May 2019

Trent Young's CE School in Dorset has sent a unique interfaith message of support to a school on the other side of the world.

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The Christingle Orange gets an apple makeover in Portland

The Christingle Orange gets an apple makeover in Portland

by Michael Ford 9 May 2019

Children in one Portland church school have been learning all about "the Holy Apple" this week as the Christingle Orange got a fruit makeover for the Summer Term.

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You can recycle THAT?

You can recycle THAT?

by Michael Ford 7 May 2019

National Waste-Free finalists in Blandford are showing us the way to go in recycling, upcycling, repurposing, and the circular economy.

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Lights, Camera, St George's!

Lights, Camera, St George's!

by Michael Ford 2 May 2019

ITV has visited Semington St George’s CE VC Primary School in Wiltshire, which has made significant progress in the last two years. Local girl turned Head Teacher Jackie Chalk tells us more:

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Lilliput's big vision of love, respect and service

Lilliput's big vision of love, respect and service

by Michael Ford 16 April 2019

Lilliput Church of England Infant School has gained Excellent plaudits in a recent inspection.

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Making a Dent with an Egg

Making a Dent with an Egg

by Michael Ford 9 April 2019

Special Easter eggs and handmade cards are one Dorset school's way of making a ‘Dent in Loneliness’ this Easter.

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"There really is a donkey!"

"There really is a donkey!"

by Michael Ford 2 April 2019

Imagine you're a Primary School child. You're playing Jesus and you're told to go and find a donkey outside. And lo and behold...!

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Shining a light and opening doors

Shining a light and opening doors

by Michael Ford 26 March 2019

Swanage St Mark’s Primary has been graded Excellent in a recent school inspection.

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Poem inspired by Trout

Poem inspired by Trout

by Michael Ford 26 March 2019

A poem about not wasting water written by a pupil at Baydon St Nicholas Primary School was inspired by looking after a trout.

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Lunching in Lent

Lunching in Lent

by Michael Ford 28 March 2019

A revolving catering team of year groups from one Dorset school has raised over £500 with their Lent Lunches for Christian Aid's Sudan Appeal.

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'Learning Alongside' in British Science Week

'Learning Alongside' in British Science Week

by Michael Ford 19 March 2019

A number of our schools recently ran conferences, taster sessions and workshops, some involving parents, to encourage science and engineering skills.

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Towards Christian life, learning, and love

Towards Christian life, learning, and love

by Michael Ford 13 March 2019

Woodford Valley VA Academy has been graded Excellent in a recent school inspection.

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Followers open "wonderful" Community Café in school

Followers open "wonderful" Community Café in school

by Michael Ford 12 March 2019

"Whose great idea was this? It is just wonderful!" was the response of one young mum to the launch of a new Community Café in Salisbury's newest Church School as part of a joint venture between the school and local churches.

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Can't wait to Open the Book

Can't wait to Open the Book

by Michael Ford 5 March 2019

A Year 6 class in Wiltshire has written a special thank you letter to their Open the Book team as the national Bible story telling programme celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Here we come a'shroving

Here we come a'shroving

by Michael Ford 5 March 2019

A Headteacher in Dorset says hers is the last church school in the country to take part in the ancient tradition of 'Shroving'.

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At the heart of Rethinking Resilience

At the heart of Rethinking Resilience

by Michael Ford 27 February 2019

“The day put children and young people firmly at the heart of the day’s thinking” was the verdict of the team from the SDBE who attended the Church of England’s Foundation of Educational Leadership conference.

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Climate change - "young people get it"

Climate change - "young people get it"

by Michael Ford 27 February 2019

The Church of England’s General Synod has voted overwhelmingly to ‘step up its environmental programme in response to the escalating threat of climate change’.

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300,000 children to get Prayer Map

300,000 children to get Prayer Map

by Michael Ford 27 February 2019

Hundreds of thousands of school children will receive a free ‘prayer map’ as part of a new national commitment to children and young people’s ministry within the Church of England, which will focus on building confidence for families to pray at home.

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Heads in 'First of a Kind' Commissioning

Heads in 'First of a Kind' Commissioning

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

School Leaders new to role in the last 18 months were commissioned into the Diocese in a ‘first of its kind’ service at the Diocesan Education Centre.

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School Church

School Church

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

‘Should it be Church School or School Church?’ was the question asked at a Workshop at Diocesan Synod on Saturday [16 February 2019].

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Bulgarian Shoe Box Appeal celebrates a big anniversary

Bulgarian Shoe Box Appeal celebrates a big anniversary

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

To mark ten years since the Trussell Trust founded the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FCSI) in Bulgaria and started their Shoe Box appeal, they are holding a charity concert at St Paul’s Salisbury.

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Talking Positively About Mental Health

Talking Positively About Mental Health

by Michael Ford 12 February 2019

Manor Park CE First School, Dorchester, held its first Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week from Monday 4 to Friday 8 February.

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MATs are our future

MATs are our future

by Michael Ford 5 February 2019

Our Diocesan Director of Education has welcomed the Education Secretary’s suggestion that faith leaders should convert more of their schools into academies.

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Open the Book is 20!

Open the Book is 20!

by Michael Ford 29 January 2019

This year sees the 20th anniversary of the national Bible story telling programme ‘Open the Book’. To help celebrate this, our schools have been telling why they love this way of telling Bible stories.

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Small but Mighty

Small but Mighty

by Michael Ford 23 January 2019

Five Lanes Primary School girls’ football team beat all comers to win the County title.

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Faith and Fitness

Faith and Fitness

by Michael Ford 22 January 2019

The work of a pioneering Sports Ministry Coach, who has been inspiring pupils in the Diocese is being featured on BBC Songs of Praise.

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Celebrating the Difference

Celebrating the Difference

by Michael Ford 16 January 2019

Year 5 pupils at St Martin’s Primary School, Salisbury learnt first-hand what it was like to be part of the young traveller community when they spent the day with the Diocese’s Chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers.

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Grow Your Fiver Into A House!

Grow Your Fiver Into A House!

by Michael Ford 14 January 2019

Money might not grow on trees, but a school project called “Grow Your Fiver” is hoping to help raise the funds needed to build a new Community Club House at Chilton Foliat Primary School.

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A Showstopping Charity Event

A Showstopping Charity Event

by Michael Ford 10 December 2018

Staff and pupils at Shaftesbury School have created their very own Advent Bake off Competition as part of learning more about community charity work.

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Seventeen Schools' Wishes Are Granted

Seventeen Schools' Wishes Are Granted

by Michael Ford 4 December 2018

Pupils at seventeen schools in the Diocese of Salisbury have received £3000 worth of new Christian books.

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Exploring War, Faith and Reconciliation

Exploring War, Faith and Reconciliation

by Michael Ford 19 November 2018

Sixth-formers from across the Diocese explored war, faith and reconciliation during a recent Education Day at Salisbury Cathedral.

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Christmas and School attendance at local churches rises in the Diocese of Salisbury

Christmas and School attendance at local churches rises in the Diocese of Salisbury

by Michael Ford 14 November 2018

More people than ever before are coming to Christmas church services, while record numbers of school children are using their local church here in the Diocese of Salisbury.

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St Peter’s Officially Opens

St Peter’s Officially Opens

by Michael Ford 28 November 2018

St Peter's CE Primary Academy, Salisbury, was officially dedicated by the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, on Thursday 18 October.

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#HelloYellow at St Martin’s

#HelloYellow at St Martin’s

by Michael Ford 7 November 2018

Students at Salisbury St Martin’s Primary School prepared for World Mental Health Day by taking part in the national #HelloYellow campaign and making a short film.

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Learning About Others Teaches Us About Ourselves

Learning About Others Teaches Us About Ourselves

by Michael Ford 24 September 2018

Visits to places of worship of other faiths provide us with a mirror as well as better understanding of others.

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A New Era in Education

A New Era in Education

by Michael Ford 28 November 2018

The first new school in the Diocese of Salisbury in 14 years has opened its doors.

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Dorset Spiritual Garden Opens

Dorset Spiritual Garden Opens

by Michael Ford 11 July 2018

A new spiritual garden at Shillingstone CE VA Primary School has been blessed by the Bishop of Sherborne.

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On the Up and Up

On the Up and Up

by Michael Ford 12 June 2018

Great Bedwyn CE Primary School has scored an ‘Outstanding’ result in a recent inspection.

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Golden Values, Great Results

Golden Values, Great Results

by Michael Ford 16 May 2018

Whiteparish All Saints CE VA Primary School maintains its ‘Outstanding’ status in a recent inspection.

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Top Marks in Talbot Village

Top Marks in Talbot Village

by Michael Ford 9 May 2018

St Mark’s CE Primary School, Talbot Village, has been graded Outstanding across the board in a recent inspection.

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Outstanding Living, Learning and Growing

Outstanding Living, Learning and Growing

by Michael Ford 25 April 2018

Trinity Church of England Primary Academy in Devizes has improved from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ in a recent inspection.

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When the Men Marched Away

When the Men Marched Away

by Michael Ford 11 April 2018

Students at St Osmund’s in Dorchester stage spectacular World War One Drama

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A Deeply Dippy Visit

A Deeply Dippy Visit

by Michael Ford 21 March 2018

Okeford Fitzpaine pupils visited Dorset County Museum to see Dippy the Dinosaur, the major attraction on the Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy on Tour’.

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