Our School Values
Kennington CE Academy is a church school. We are an inclusive community where Christian Vision and Values empower us. We work with pride and passion to create life-long learners who fulfil their potential as God intended. If we work together, we will be the very best that we can be; achieving, celebrating and succeeding whilst having fun.
All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8)
All children, staff and governors were involved in developing our Christian Values.
It is these values that form the foundations of our Christian Vision at Kennington CE Academy and underpin everything we do.
Each value is explicitly Christian and linked to Jesus, His example and His teachings, in the form of parable, to make it memorable.
We celebrate them during our daily worship and explore them in all areas of our curriculum.
Most importantly, we carry them out in everything we do and they are embedded in all our policies.
Our Christian Values are overarched with the main value of Respect.
Our other values are:
We are also including the Church of England's core values that they have introduced last year:
You can find out more by following the link to the National Society website at:
At Kennington we have many celebrations and events which reflect and embody our overt Chriristian character.
Many of them follow the Anglican calender and others are key events where the children and adults reflect on aspects of their life and identity, their place in our community or society or ways in whch they can affect others' lives. Below are just a flavour of what we have done this year so far.
On Monday 24th September we held our annual Harvest Festival service. The children were all asked to bring in food items to support the local food bank. The parents and children were incredibly generous. Reverend Eve Lanchantin and members from year 5 and 6 lead us in worship where the children spent time reflecting on all they have, praying for those who were less fortunate than themselves and thanking God for the gifts He gives us.
John Lewis Visit:
On Friday 2nd November a representative from John Lewis came to worship to present us with a cheque for £462. Their customers had voted for our school to receive the donation at their local shop. We look forward to finding ways to spend it to support our children.
Remembrance Sunday 11th November
On Sunday the Remembrance Service was held in our school hall. Our Worship Warriors and Choir led the congregation in our service and sang beautifully. They helped us to remember all the people that had given their lives to enable us to live the lives we want. To remind us that they may be gone but never forgotten.
Our Christmas Fayre ran on Friday 30th November.We had an amazing turn out with members from the WI, St Mary's Church, external stall holders as well as running our own stalls as part of the PTFA or the Worship Warriors. We worked hard to get it ready in time and the effort really paid off! We raised £1,444 in total with £231 raised by the Worship Warriors that will go towards our Christmas Charity- Compassion UK.
Thank you to all those that helped in any way!
We held an art exhibition at St Mary's Church. Each year group looked at how they could show one of our Christian Values through art. Ten pieces were picked from across the year group and put on display at the church on Wednesday 5th December. The pieces will remain on display at the church until our Christmas Service on Thursday 13th December.
We held our Christmas Service on Thursday 13th December at St Mary's Church. Reverend Eve and the Worship Warriors helped us to celebrate by reading the Christmas passages from the Bible and talking about what Christmas means to each of us. The carols were sang beautifully and some children even played the xylophone to accompany the year 3 Christingle song. We even sang Away in a Manger using Makaton. Each year group concluded our service by sharing a prayer they had written. Reverend Eve gave the final blessing and left us full of Christmas Spirit.
Celebrating Our Talents.
Following a recent children's questionnaire, the children thought we should celebrate those each term who worked hard to achieve or improve on the focus Christian Value. In term 3 we focused on Using Our Talents and so we decided that at the end of the term we would hold our own awards ceremony to celebrate those children that had been nominated by their teachers or class mates. There were so many wonderful reasons for children to nominate each other that covered both academic achievement, friendship skills and sporting achievements. It was lovely to read them all and some classes had to have more than one winner for this term due to so many nominations. The children came dressed in their best clothes for the day as part of our fundraising activity and received their awards and a small prize at the front of Collective Worship.
We also welcome visitors from the community or St Mary’s Church to run Collective Worship.
Family worship for each class happens once a year within the termly theme and happens in the morning from 9-9.20am.
Our planning for Collective Worship links closely to the Church of England calendar so important dates such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations are planned with members from St Mary’s Church.
The children have learnt Makaton for the Lord's Prayer and a range of signs and actions to accompany our hymns. Different children volunteer each week to lead the children in the actions as part of our Prayer and Praise Worship.
The Worship Warriors are ambassadors for our Christian Vision and Values and leading of Collective Worship.
This year we have an amazing 17 Worship Warriors.
Some of their responsibilities are:
Each classroom has a Prayer corner or reflection area, which are changed and added to regularly following worship. They are a place where the children can come and ponder, reflect and pray.
The areas have one of our Christian Values as its focal point and will include Bible verses, reflective questions, other artefacts and pictures to engage the children in thought and prayer.
They usually follow the same theme as Collective Worship to enable the children to deepen their understanding and thoughts behind each Christian message.
Whole school prayer areas
As a school we felt it was important to have different prayer points for the whole school community to engage with. Currently we have our
A) Prayer and Reflection Area in the entrance hall which both adults and children can contribute prayers to over the term. It follows a theme for the term and is used to celebrate Christian festivals or special dates throughout the year such as Harvest, Remembrance Day and Advent.
B) Our prayer tree located near the year 3 classrooms where children can leave prayers or respond to reflective questions.
C) Collective Worship board in the hall so children are able to look at it and the reflective questions during Collective Worship or other times they are in the hall.
D) We now have our reflective outside space, near our garden and quiet area. We have a brand new seating area which has key reflective questions or images to stimulate our children into deepening their views. The table has a labyrinth on it and our Worship Warriors have been trained in how to use it to help others to use it during their reflection.
These areas have a huge impact on the children’s spiritual lives, we hope to develop children’s relationship with God when they write their prayers and to deepen their understanding and reflective thinking through our reflective questions.
At the end of term 4, children and parents helped to clear and plant our calm area with seeds that were kindly donated to the school. It took some effort but we are now looking forward to having beautiful plants to look at as well as supporting our country's insect and wildlife.
Godly Play Sessions
Godly Play is a reflective story session where stories from the Bible are shared using models. The children experience this each term in small groups or as a whole class and are then asked to reflect on the story and the learning they can take from it. How the children reflect is completely down to them and could take the form in writing their thoughts or drawing pictures, acting, making models amongst others. The stories we have told can link to our Christians Values or units of work in RE, such as The Prodigal Son, The Mustard Seed or The Creation Story.
SIAMS/S48 judges the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school and aims to help schools improve as church schools
The main focus is in the outcomes, i.e. the impact of provision rather than the provision itself
There are four key questions:
Kennington Church of England Academy had its last SIAMS Inspection in September 2017. We have received an overall grading of good, with clear, small steps to be outstanding in the future and in the words of the inspector 'Behaviour, wellbeing and achievement have improved rapidly...'
The new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule comes into operation in September 2018.
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish.
The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This is explored through seven strands:
The Reverend Eve Lanchantin is the team vicar in charge at St Mary's church. She joins us in school to lead worship each term, and Reverend Eve is also one of our school governors. She also takes time out to sit with our Refelction Club and discuss thought-provoking questions such as 'Does God have parents?'
Our classes at Kennington CE Academy visit St Mary's church as part of our special reflection days, such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leaver's Service, and during our RE teaching about Christianity. We are currently arranging an art exhibition to run at St Mary's to show our Christian Vision and Values.
St Mary's Church, Kennington.
Reverend Eve is always happy to chat with any child, member of staff or parent should they find that helpful, offering spiritual, emotional or pastoral support. The church website is here: http://kennington.ashfordchurches.co.uk/
So far this year we have supported:
A non- uniform day for Genes for Jeans Day
A non- uniform day and cake sale for Macmillan's.
We donated our old laptops to:
We held a spotty day for Children In Need on 16th November:
As part of our Christmas Fayre, the Worship Warriors raised money by selling cakes and running their own stalls. We will be sponsoring a child from El Salvador each year so they can go to school.
In term 3 we held a copper coin collection around the number 21 and a best dress non-uniform day for 21Together, a charity to support those with Downs Syndrome.