Religious Life of the School
The school’s outstanding distinctive Christian character and ethos permeate all aspects of school life. Christian values are a reality shared and practiced by all in the school community. This is particularly evident in the way all pupils are respected, valued and supported as individuals. They behave very well and are enthusiastic about their learning and high achievements. Parents speak very highly about the Christian ethos of the school, the approachability of all staff and the leadership of the school as a church school.
This statement has been taken from our last ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’ (SIAMS) report from 2013 which can be found here: SIAMS Inspection Report 2013
Our daily life incorporates the following Christian values:
St Aidan’s is a Church of England Aided School. This means it is owned by the Church but has financial ‘aid’ from the state. As a Church of England School there is a special relationship between church and school. At St Aidan’s there is mutual support between the diocese of Newcastle and Durham, the Parish of Bensham, with its parish Church, St Chad’s, Bensham, St Aidan’s Church in the Teams and the school. The clergy from the area play an active part in school life on a daily basis e.g. conducting services, governing body, running school clubs etc.
A Church School has a distinctive ethos because we aim to emphasise Christian values. We want the school always to reflect God’s love for each individual through its atmosphere of welcome, care, reassurance and service. We hope by doing so to show the relevance of Christianity to the children’s lives.
To welcome everyone back after half term, Leading Lights introduced our assembly. Around our candle, the children performed poems about people who help us. They discussed our school values and mission statement, before closing the assembly with prayers. This week in...read more
As part of this morning’s achievement assembly we were blessed with a performance from our resident choir ‘Only Girls Allowed.’ The hall was packed with parents, children and loved ones. After a tour of the local community and Metrocentre, amongst other venues, ‘Only...read more
As the year came to an end, we enjoyed a Christmas service at St Chad's, led by Reverend Meg. Children from reception up to year 6 attended and enjoyed listening to the retelling of the Christmas Story, as well as joining in with Christmas songs. Thank you to all of...read more
As part of our communion service we listened to the story of Mary and Elizabeth and their journeys towards child birth. We remembered the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth and how they thought Elizabeth was too old to have a baby but God had given her the gift to have...read more
Today as part of our Chapel Service we learned this week is a very important week in the church as we celebrate All Saints Day. We listened to values in our readings and today is the eve of All Saint’s Day when we will be remembering all Saints. Reverend Meg taught us...read more
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We listened to the story of Moses when he was looking after his father in law's sheep. He travelled further than normal and discovered a burning bush which was still whole and not disintegrating. A voice came out of the bush and said, "Moses take your shoes off, this...read more
A beautiful summer's day welcomed our end of the year Eucharist, with a special theme of wishing our Year 6 children the best in the future. Reverend Meg led our service discussing what the children could hope for as they moved from one class to the next, and how we...read more
As part of our RE topic 'Judaism', we visited Newcastle Reform Synagogue this morning. We found out all about the Jewish faith, including its origins, traditions, festivals, prayers, food rules and dress codes. We were shown the Torah scrolls in the Ark and even...read more