Religious Life of the School

The Christian ethos of the school is deeply embedded and impacts significantly upon pupils’ lives and their
achievements.
Collective worship is at the heart of the school and this continually serves to strengthen its Christian
character.
Pupils develop a strong sense of spirituality through opportunities for both reflection and prayer as they
progress through the school.
The school’s Christian care and support for each individual ensures pupils are keen to learn and behave very
well. It also impacts positively on the strong quality of the relationships evident at every level across the
school community.
Religious education (RE) and collective worship make valuable and sustained contributions to the Christian
ethos of the school and to the good spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils.
Worship is a cherished and inspiring part of school life and has a significant impact upon pupils’ spiritual and moral
growth and how they develop as individuals.

These statements have been taken from our last ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’ (SIAMS) report from 2018 which can be found here: SIAMS Report 2018

Our daily life incorporates the following Christian values:

  • Friendship
  • Forgiveness
  • Wisdom
  • Peace
  • Hope
  • Compassion
  • Trust
  • Thankfulness

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.

 

Stations of the Cross

As part of the run up to Easter, children in each year group created art work on each of the Stations of the Cross. On Friday, Year 6 spent time in the hall discussing and reflecting each station. It was a humbling moment and the children were excellent at discussing...

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Leading Lights Assembly

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...

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Achievement Assembly

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...

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St Chad’s Christmas Service

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...

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Year 6 Communion

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...

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Year 6 Chapel Service

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...

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Year 6 Eucharist Service

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...

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Year 6 Leaver’s Eucharist

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...

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Diary

  • April 23, 2018Year 2 Achievement Assembly
  • April 25, 2018KS1 Multiskills After school Club
  • April 26, 2018Years 5 and 6 NSPCC Workshops in Class
  • April 26, 2018Years 5 and 6 Cricket
  • April 27, 2018KS2 Multiskills After School Club
  • April 30, 2018Year 1 Achievement Assembly
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Address

Mrs Lesley Steele: Head Teacher
Mrs Kathryn Miller: School Business Manager

St. Aidan’s Church of England Primary School
Derwentwater Road
Gateshead NE8 2HQ
(0191) 477 2690

(Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm)
staidansprimary@gateshead.gov.uk

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