Exciting Times and Special Visitors at Charing Church of England (Aided)Primary School
On Monday 15thOctober the school was subject to a SIAS inspection as directed by the Diocese of Canterbury. The headteacher and governors are delighted to report that the inspector concluded….
the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Charing Church of England School as a Church of England School are OUTSTANDING!
Charing is a happy and thriving Christian community. All its members know they are loved and cared for. Since the last inspection staff, governors, parents and pupils have worked unstintingly to promote the school’s Christian identity. Progress has been outstanding but capacity for further improvement remains and the school has entered an exciting phase of further development. For the full report please visit the school website at charingschool.org.uk
On the morning of Friday 9th November we welcomed the Archdeacon of Ashford, The Venerable Philip Down, to lead our “Agape Service”. It was a very special service and lovely to see so many parents and members of the community of Charing joining us to share the Agape (love) of Christ. We were joined by parents and other members of our local clergy, governors and friends of Charing School. The Agape Service is a time to break bread and share with one another. Agape is the Greek word used in the Bible for “love”, the love that Christ has for His people.
Year 6 pupils, helped by some parents, had spent part of Thursday afternoon making bread for the service. The Archdeacon spoke about Agape and what it meant, then we joined together in prayer before he blessed the bread and it was shared with everyone.
The Bishop of Dover Visits Charing School and awards the ‘Living Land’ Prize
On Friday afternoon after saying goodbye to the Archdeacon of Ashford we welcomed a long awaited visitor – The Bishop of Dover, Rt. Rev. Bishop Trevor Willmott. The Bishop came to officially award the school our prize for winning the “Kent is Delicious” competition at The Kent Show this year. Having been in London at Lambeth Palace for the official announcement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Trevor then hurriedly caught a train and rushed down to Charing School in order to present the prize. We were thrilled to meet him. The children listened to his every word as he spoke and got onto his knees to speak to the smaller children.
He was joined by Rev. Canon Caroline Pinchbeck and Jamie who were judges at the competition, to present the certificate. The prize is to attend the “Living Land” at Kent County Showground for years 3 and 4 in May 2013. This was donated by the Kent County Agricultural Society.