Our Church School
Our partner church is St. Johns the Evangelist, Lostock Gralam, Church of England.
You can access the church's website here.
Our Church School
Our mission statement is at the forefront of every decision that we make:
Children are at the heart of everything that we do and Christ is the light that guides us.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We are committed to ensuring children encounter and achieve the highest possible standards through partnership with our entire school community. We provide a happy, stimulating environment rooted in Christian values. Our aim is to equip individuals with the Christian Values (courage, love, friendship, hope, forgiveness, and respect ) and life skills needed to "Live in peace with each other" (Romans 12:16-18), to take their place in the wider world and to make a contribution to it. Mark 9:37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.”
At Lostock Gralam, we place high importance on our Christian Values. They help us to live good lives and give us strength to be the kind, loving and respectful wider family that makes our school such a special place to be part of.
Our core Christian Values are:Hope, Respect, Friendship, Love, Courage, Forgiveness. .
These are displayed proudly in our hall, celebrating our fantastic art skills as well as giving us visual reminders of how we treat each
Our Christian Values are also displayed in the children's outdoor reflection area, where they can visit for quiet moments of reflection or simply sit alone or with friends to enjoy God's beautiful world. Our Ethos Team collected ideas from their classes to design our new, beautiful area.
Our School Prayer
This is our school
May our school be full of joy
May love be here among us every day
Let us remember
That many hands build a house
So every child can make this school a lovely place to be
Each class has a Reflection area where the children can have a moment of calm relfection, write prayers, read the Bible or simply sit.
Worship is an incredibly important part of our school day, where we can learn more about our faith and those of others, join together in group and personal prayer as well as providing us with time and space for reflection. Worships may be delievered by children, staff and visitors using Bible stories, drama, role play, using art as a stimulus and music. Our whole school worship planning is attached as a file to this page.
2021 - 2022
We are delighted to be able to worship together again in our school hall. Once more, our singing has filled the school with joy. The children and staff are thoroughly enjoying singing togerher in our worships. We have also warmly welcomed our friends from Open The Book back into school. Starting with the Creation story from the book of Genesis, they are taking on us an exciting journey through the Bible using drama, role play and song.
We are very proud to have been awarded a Chester Cathedral Canon Chancellor Award in July 2021 for the work our school has done to protect God's beautiful world. Our Ethos group, School Council and Head Students produced a video to explain and promote how our faith has inspired our conservation work. We are looking forward to working closely with Chester Cathedral on their "Amazing Light" Science and Faith workshop. Please follow this link to see our work in action:
Robins had a wonderful Science and Faith Workshop where we explored "Amazing Light" led by Chester Cathedral.
"God is like a mirror."
"God is transparent, he is always there."
"God and Jesus are beautiful like rainbows."
Harvest Festival 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Harvest Festival in church this year. Thank you to our friends from church for welcoming us as we learnt about 'The God Plant'.
Thank you also to our children and families for their generous donations which will be greatfully received by The Cheshire Food Hub in our village.
Remembrance Day 2021
We held a special worship at the war memorial in our church grounds to show our respect to soldiers of the past, present and future. Every child visited the war memorial and observed a minutes silence. Thank you to our friends from church who led a beautiful service for us. Back at school during reflecion time, each child planted a poppy seed into recycled tyres, formed in the shape of a poppy as a sign of respect. We are looking to watching the poppies grow so that we can always remember the sacrifies the soldiers made.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
We enjoyed a special virtual worship led by Vicar Andrew who explained the significance of the Christingle for Christians. Every child made their own Christingle in school and together, using glow sticks, we "lit" our Christingles to feel a sense of community and belonging as well as awe and wonder. We thought about our mission statement "Christ is the light that guides us" as our Christingles lit up the darkness, as Jesus lights the way for each and ewvery one of us.
"The sweeties are a reminder of the good things that God has given to us." Y2
"The red ribbon could be a symbol of Jesus' love, it goes on and on and on." Y3
"The light is to remind us that Christ's love is ever lasting and there to show us the way." Y6
2020 - 2021
This year, we found new ways to worship within our bubbles. We felt that it was important to collate our reflections on worship and displayed these in the hall so that we could continue to "come togethe"r as a school. Here are a few examples of our worship reflections from last year.
In 2020, to celebrate Remembrance Day, each child has decorated a hand made wooden cross with their personal relfections of this important day. We listened to a special worship from Mr Cliff in our church grounds and articulated our thoughts, reflections and responses through art onto our cross. Our church grounds look spectacular with every child's cross placed inside of the word PEACE.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Please follow this link to watch our church, St John's, Remembrance service.
Christingle December 2020
Our Christingle celebration looked a little different this year, as were not able to hold this special service in church however we enjoyed a beautiful worship in our class bubbles... with one big difference. This year, we made our own Christingles! This was extremely exciting for our children and they were able to explain the significance of each element as they assembled their Christingle creations. Mr Cliff led worship that we watched in our rooms, he shared a lovely Christingle story, prayer and a blessing. We are so proud of our creations.
National Day Of Remembrance March 2021
To mark this special day, each class bubble planted seeds and plants in our school grounds to remind each other of the very different year that we have all experienced. We thanked God for the special people in our lives, past and present and remembered the lovely memories that we have all made with our families during this time away from school.
Barrat Homes kindly donated plants suitable for our wet zone in the wooded area to encourgae wild life to make their habitats there.
Easter Service 2021
Each class was delighted to visit our church again after such a long time. We watched our Easter service in church together within our bubbles kindly recorded for us by Mr Cliff. We are looking forward to planting the sunflower seeds we were given. Sunflowers turn their heads towards the sunlight in order to thrive just as Christ is the light in our lives.
World Book Day 2021
To celebrate World Book Day and our No Outsiders work, each class made a biography book based upon an individual or set of individuals that they have been learning about. Each book features the life story/stories of famous individuals who were courageous advocates and fought for what they believed in under difficult circumstances. These individuals achieved huge successes in their lives and positively impacted the lives of others. We admired their courage, perseverance and faith in their quest for justice. We really enjoyed designing our books in the style of the “Little People, Big Dreams” series.