Remembrance Day (11th Nov 2020)
Every year we recognise Remembrance Day with a special service in the grounds of our church, St Andrews. We celebrate the lives of those family members who have died or are presently serving in the armed services around the world. We also reflect on issues such as remembrance, sacrifice and love.
This year the children made poppy tributes to lay at the memorial in the church grounds standing for 2 minutes’ silence after listening to The Last Post and then the Reveille. They also wrote poems, which were beautifully illustrated, to display in the church. The service was filmed and made available to pupils’ family members as due to social distancing rules, attendance was restricted.
The New Bishop of Dover and our Christingle (Christmas 2019)
We were extremely honoured to have our annual Christingle celebration this year at St Andrews’ Church attended by the new Bishop of Dover, Rose Hudson-Wilkin who was consecrated at St Paul's Cathedral on 19 November 2019 and only just installed at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 November 2019.
She enjoyed all of the performances and readings by the children, along with the beautiful spectacle of the lighting of the children’s christingle oranges. After this she introduced herself to the children and the congregation, telling us of her Jamaican roots (giving us a very adept Usain Bolt pose), her previous position as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons and then to detail a little of her new role as the Bishop of Dover.
The children were enthralled and we hope that she will come to visit us again for one of our many church services throughout the coming year.
Our Wonderland is officially OPEN! Thanks to Bishop Trevor Wilmott (23 Jan 2019)
Today we all braved the arctic conditions to thoroughly enjoy the official blessing of our newly completed ‘Wasteland to Wonderland’ site. Bishop Trevor Wilmott, the Bishop of Dover in the Diocese of Canterbury, visited us this morning to bless the site and give thanks for such a wonderful space in which our pupils can enjoy the gifts of nature. We were lucky enough to have the additional gift of beautiful flakes of snow as a backdrop for the event!
Afterwards, many parents, staff and governors warmed-up with a coffee and cake reception in our new staff room, to also greet and thank the Bishop for his time and blessings. Our thanks also go to all of the parents, carers and family members who contributed to making this dream a reality. With special thanks going to Chloe Brown for her dedicated drive with the whole project.