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Good Neighbours Week Sets A New Gold Standard

by Michael Ford last modified 17 Nov, 2016 04:55 PM

Bemerton St John has become the first primary school in our diocese to gain the Gold RE Quality Mark.

Good Neighbours Week Sets A New Gold Standard

Pupils proudly display their Gold RE Quality Mark certificate

To prepare for this, the Salisbury school organised a ‘Good Neighbours’ week, based on the story of the Good Samaritan.

Pupils and staff took part in workshops led by Oxfam and Christian Aid, visited the Trussell Trust Foodbank and hosted a tea party for the local community, exploring practical ways to love their neighbours.

Head teacher Alun Richards said, “Working towards the gold mark was an opportunity to focus on RE teaching in school. Every class either visited a place of worship or welcomed visitors from different faiths into their lessons.

“This included visiting the Hindu temple in Southampton and exploring different ways of worshipping using puppets, flags and dance, with local Christian charity The Bridge.”

The RE Quality Mark assessor was impressed with how confidently the children could talk about their experiences in RE and their enthusiasm for the subject. RE Coordinator Jane Kelly said, “The children at Bemerton are really good at asking interesting questions and open to exploring different points of view.”

Four members of staff have now been trained in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and this has become an important feature of RE lessons, giving children the opportunity to ask deeper questions and bounce ideas around the class. 

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