At the very front of the school hall next to our worship table sits our prayer tree. It is not only a literal focal point for our school but also metaphorically, it provides a reflective space to encourage calming thoughts and quiet time with God. Throughout religious festival of the church we decorate the tree with prayers, Biblical verses, poems and art which the children have made in order to celebrate their achievements and to give thanks to God. The tree was decorated by the children and the children take great pride in it and pleasure in seeing their work displayed on it.
As part of our return to school in September 2020, we are asked families to be involved in creating a ‘Museum of Hope’. Each child had brought a wooden heart home and we asked that the pupils and family used it to record how Coronavirus had affected their family. The heart was then returned to school and these were joined together to create our ‘Museum’. Some pictures were something as simple as drawing the members of their family at home together and some have chosen to write about a significant memory. By joining these together, we are unite as a school family.
At St Augustine’s we have many reflection areas in the classrooms, outside in the prayer area, in the teepee and under the prayer tree in the hall. We believe these quiet areas for the children give them time to reflect and explore their thoughts. As a church school community we are responsible for providing the setting, the opportunity and the example for everyone to reflect.