At Deal Parochial School we aim to be distinctive in our Christian character by living out our school values and Bible verse daily. Collective worship is a key part of our school day, setting the tone for behaviour and ethos of our school family. We have strong links with all 3 of our Foundation churches which we uses on regular occasions, from R.E lessons, class collective worship to mark key dates in the key dates in the Christian calendar.
Each year, Year 2 leads our Nativity service at St George’s Church in Deal. In 2019, the Christmas story was told by the a Wriggly Nativity cast including a host of familiar characters and some dancing animals. As always, Year 1 and year R supported the Nativity singing with great enthusiasm. The Recorder Club and the School Choir also performed at the festivities.
Each year, Year 3 leads the Christingle Service at school on the final day of term before Christmas.
In 2019, Year 3 lit Christingles during our collective worship entitled ‘Far From Home.’ They spoke about the Christmas story and the birth of the Prince of Peace and explained how Christian Aid is working towards bringing peace to many people around the world who have suffered from the effects of war, conflict, and natural disasters. We sang carols and prayers were said for our school community and for those around the world less fortunate than ourselves.
Visit from Bishop Oliver, Retired Bishop from Madagascar
In November 2019, we welcomed Bishop Oliver to Deal Parochial for the morning. Bishop Oliver served out in Madagascar for 3 years. During assembly, he and Father Roger were impressed by our Year 6’s thought provoking dramatisation of “The Good Samaritan”. Afterwards, Bishop Oliver enthralled the pupils by talking about life in Madagascar. The children then asked lots of questions about the animals, the crops and how “Madagascar came to be”. Bishop Oliver concluded his inspiring visit with a tour of the classrooms when the children had further opportunity to ask him questions.
In October 2017, Deal Parochial’s School Choir joined the All Souls Orchestra, conducted by Noel Tredinnick, at St. George’s Church for a magical musical evening -Prom Praise.
‘An inspirational night of music and worship.’
‘(My Child) was really inspired by the whole experience and hasn’t stopped talking about it since waking up this morning. My father in law, who isn’t normally a church going person, said it was the best evening out he’d had in years!’
‘Another amazing opportunity for our children.’ (Year 4 Parent)
Our Harvest Celebrations
Children enjoy taking part in our annual harvest-themed art day, as well as celebrating Harvest Festival at St Leonard’s Church in Deal.
Spirituality of Christmas
Excitement – Hope – New Beginnings – Joy – Peace – Love (click here to view more in our gallery)
God Being With Us Through Our Emotions
Understanding that God is there for us, no matter how we are feeling.
Our Easter Crosses
As part of our Annual Easter Celebrations, in 2019, Makayla (Y2) inspired us to make our Easter Crosses from recycled rubbish. Everything used to make her cross was found on the beach between Deal Pier and the Lifeboat Station; she really enjoyed collecting the rubbish as it helped ‘Make our lovely beach look good’ and ‘It will also help prevent marine life and other animals from getting hurt’.
Every year we have a Whole School Prayer Day. This year Prayer Stations were set up in the courtyard and allowed our children to reflect on current world issues, as well as being good global neighbours.