Shustoke is a school that lives out its core values of respect, courtesy, honesty, caring, equality and forgiveness. These are modelled by adults and apparent in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes (Ofsted 2016).
In our school, we value every opportunity to come together to worship and celebrate our wonderful community.
We really enjoyed participating in Harvest Festival this year! Each class took part, performing either a song, poem or story. We were very grateful for all the donations received and these were handed out to many members of the local community.
In November we held our annual Remembrance Service. Reverend Parker and Worship Council led us in an assembly about Armstice Day. Each year we plant a tree on our school field to commemorate Remembrance Day, this year we added an apple tree.
All of our youngest children participated in this year's Nativity, "All around the Manger." It was wonderful to see such an enthusiastic and joyful portrayal of the birth of Jesus.
The children in Years 4, 5 and 6 participated in the Christingle at St. Michael and All Angels, Maxstoke with Revd. Nick, and the annual Carol Service at St. Cuthbert's, Shustoke supported by Revd Sue. The lyrics from the carol "A Night to Remember" are particularly meaningful to us as they epitomise the joy of joining together to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas:
"It's a night to remember,
A night when the world is one.
And we all stand together,
And know that we belong.
Light lifts up our hearts,
And shadows are long gone.
It's a night to remember,
A night when the world is one."
Carols for Grandparents
We are delighted that our Carols for Grandparents service is gaining momentum, and that this, our third service of this type was so well attended by Grandparents and members of the wider community.
Reverend Sue visited us to talk about Lent. We thought carefully about the meaning of Lent and some Key Stage 2 children shared the story of Jesus in the wilderness with us.
We reflected on the following poem and considered ways in which we could each do our best.
Good, better best.
But never let it rest.
Not until your good is better
and your better, best.