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Letter from Derek

Dear Friends,

As I write my letter this month, the news is full of exam results.  How difficult it has been for young people doing their A Level’s and GCSE’s – our schools have really paid a massive price during this pandemic.

So, I imagine our schools return in September with a great deal of uncertainty.  In our benefice, both Easebourne Church of England Primary and Conifers coped admirably during the last year and a half – and we will be praying for them across our churches as they return to a new term.

At Easebourne Church of England Primary School, we take very seriously our status as a church school.  This means that we work hard to reflect in the life of the school the values of faith which have been passed down to us through the generations.  The children will reflect upon how we live together, how we operate as a wider village community, and what our relationship should be towards God’s creation.

The school splits its life around three major terms.  Working in collaboration with the church, we have also sorted these terms into three key themes from the bible: Faith, Hope and Love.  Married to the school’s core values of: Achieve, Build and Connect – these themes and values underpin all areas of teaching and school life.  To help with the three themes of Faith Hope and Love, our three church families have funded the purchase of large plastic letters spelling out the words, which can be used around the school to promote these themes.  They can also be used in collective worship and classroom teaching.

Certainly, over the period of Covid restrictions, the staff and pupils lived out in clear ways our core values.  This led the children, under extreme conditions to ACHIEVE in their learning - BUILD their lives in relationship to each other and CONNECT their life at the school with the world that they are part of.

So, as we start a new term, we pray for our two schools, that with Faith, Hope and Love, the children will flourish together, encouraged by their teachers’ wonderful skills and that all will Achieve, Build and Connect their lives.

Derek Welsman

If you would like to view any of the reflections or services

that Derek has recorded since March 2020 please click here.

To find a simple form of daily prayer click here (also available as a video)

Other prayer resources may be found on the Church of England website.