Spiritual Development


Spirituality - a Special Connection

At Grade Ruan  we are passionate about developing the spirituality of the children in the school. It is part of the vision for education, that Church of England schools will ensure the spiritual development of all children.

But what is spirituality?

It’s a very difficult thing to define because it means different things to different people. You don’t have to have a faith to develop your spirituality, it’s more about having an awareness of the outside world and the recognition that there are many people, places events and things with which we can have a 'special connection'.

One of the ways we explore spirituality is by using the imagery of Windows, Mirrors and Doors:

Windows: giving children opportunities to become aware of the world in new ways; to wonder about life’s ‘WOWs’ (things that are amazing) and ‘OWs’ (things that bring us up short). In this children are learning about life in all its fullness.

Mirrors: giving children opportunities to reflect on their experiences; to meditate on life’s big questions and to consider some possible answers. In this they are learning from life by exploring their own insights and perspectives and those of others.

Doors: giving children opportunities to respond to all of this; to do something creative as a means of expressing, applying and further developing their thoughts and convictions. In this they are learning to live by putting into action what they are coming to believe and value.

Socoa Class Pilgrimage

On Friday 14th February, Socoa class went on a short pilgrimage (also know as a journey) to St Grade well.  We took a route along the road that was about half a mile from school.  When we arrived, the well had a roof and inside were candles with a lighter so  (if you chose to ) you can light them.  We found it a very spiritual place and it made us feel calm and peaceful.  There was also a journal that you could write in how you felt in the safe environment.

 

We enjoyed the trip so much, that we decided to go back and visit in the half term.  We took a different route across a field (I got stuck in the mud in the process) and lit the candles before floating them in the well.  We found it so relaxing and spiritual, we just had to    return!

 

Clemmie & Sophie Year 6