Christian Distinctiveness

St. Mary’s Junior School is a voluntary controlled (VC) Church of England school.  This means that our Governing Body include Foundation Governors representing the Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Baldock and the Diocese of St. Albans.  We have a very close relationship with the church and regularly worship together, led by Father Andrew.   We express our Christian ethos through the Christian Values we teach and our school’s mission statement.   St Mary’s Junior School – A place to learn, respect each other, build friendships and trust in God.  Our aim is to promote the development of the whole child and an enjoyment of learning for life. Whilst celebrating our Christian faith, we respect the religious views, moral values, ethnic backgrounds and way of life of all people.

Our Christian Values for 2016- 2017

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Responsibility, Grace and Humility, Forgiveness, Integrity, Unity, Patience, Faithfulness.

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Our Interfaith calendar – April news 2017  Find out about festivals in the major religions in the world.

Each year we offer the children chance to visit places of worship.  Last year, Year 3 visited a Mosque and the Cathedral in Peterborough, Year 4 visited the Gurdwara in Hitchin and Year 5 St. Alban’s cathedral. This year, Year 5 visited the Synagogue in St Albans and an exhibition on Judaism hosted by St. Albans Abbey.  Year 3 visited Peterborough Mosque and Cathedral  in March.

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Keep up to date with St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Congregation celebrated their Parish Praise in the Junior School on Sunday 26th June. Members of the parish commented:  “It was a really happy service – all the adults were joining in the actions, as well as the children.”  “There was great audience participation” and “It was lovely to see the curate dancing!”

The children in year 5 and 6 celebrated Holy Communion on 12th July in school and year 6 again on the 6th December.  Year 3 celebrated Christingle in school on 8th December and the whole school had their Christmas service on 20th December in the church.

The school celebrated the Harvest Festival on Thursday 22nd September.  Thank you for all the wonderful gifts.  It was lovely to see so many parents and to hear the poems and prayers read by the children.  The gifts of food will be going to the Baldock and Letchworth Food-bank, Baldock Teenage Hostel and North Herts Night Shelter.  The fresh vegetables came from the children’s school garden.

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