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Welcome to the RE Department

Summary

In today's cosmopolitan world, it is a definite necessity and advantage for children to have basic knowledge and understanding of the many cultures and religions of the world. It makes for more enlightened and well rounded individuals who see the world as their home not just a single country.

Religious education can promote tolerance and amalgamate people from various religious backgrounds. Religious education provides exciting opportunities for young people to engage with relevant, contemporary and challenging questions that impact on all of our lives: questions about spirituality, meaning and purpose, equality and diversity, authority, global citizenship and sustainability.

Religious education informs learners about the major world religions in order to provide a theological, philosophical and ethical basis for reflection and response that shows both compassion and respect. It helps young people to be more informed about the traditions, practices and values of religious adherents in our society and in cultures across the globe; thus encouraging better understanding and greater community cohesion.

Religious education can successfully motivate and engage young people in the twenty-first century and enable students to acquire  the skills, knowledge, understanding, values and experiences that all learners need to prepare them for further learning, employment and personal fulfilment within our amazing and diverse society.

Mission Statement

The Religious Education Department aims to inspire students to the diverse nature of our society and the rich tapestry of the beliefs and practices that exist within. We aim to give everyone the skills and confidence to act as informed and questioning citizens in relation to religious and cultural issues.

Our aspiration is to enable all children to develop a knowledge and an understanding of the beliefs and practices off people around them in order to bring about a greater toleration and respect for all humanity. We aim to develop our students in their critical thinking and open our students’ eyes to the wonders of the world in which we are most fortunate to live.

Specific Aims

  • To encourage and enable each pupil to achieve his or her best by providing the best quality education in Religious education.
  • To foster a caring attitude towards other members of the school and wider community and to the environment.
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of school policies.

Objectives

  • To provide exceptional standards in teaching and learning in Religious education through stimulating and challenging lessons
  • Create an attractive, welcoming and safe environment for learning.
  • Provide an interesting, challenging and appropriate curriculum for each pupil.
  • Ensure that each pupil is respected as an individual and that his/her skills, talents and achievements are valued.
  • Encourage pupils to work at all times to the best of their ability and to make them aware that only their best will do.
  • Prepare pupils thoroughly for internal and external examinations.

Christmas Carol Service 2016

Year 7 pupils will take part in a Christmas Carol service at St Stephens Church, on the 6th December 2016. All year 7’s will leave school at 1pm to go to the Church by bus. They will then be dismissed at 3pm when the service ends. They are expected to make their own way home from the Church.

If any pupil needs to come back to the School please let the school know and arrangements will be made.

The service will comprise of traditional readings, carols and music to celebrate Christmas. This is a wonderful event that we organise each year for our Year 7 pupils that retells the story of the birth of Jesus in readings, carols and music. The event showcases the wonderful talents of our pupils and staff who participate.

Parents have already been emailed about this event. There is no need to reply unless you would not like your child to attend this event.

If you wish for your child to stay in school please reply and they will have normal lessons instead.

This is a traditional yearly event for Salendine Nook and we see this as a start to our Christmas celebrations”

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival – Thursday 20th October 2016

Harvest FestivalOur Harvest Festival this year will be on Thursday 20th October. We would be very grateful for contributions of tins and packets for our harvest collection which will be donated to the Christian African Relief Trust.  This charity works hard in Africa to not only provide food but other vital supplies too. In addition to tins and packets we are asking for items of stationery, bars of soap, tubes of toothpaste, new toothbrushes, flannels, new bandages, plasters, new hairbrushes and combs.

This charity does remarkable work and we are proud to be giving our support. We have in the past been able to send amazing amounts of produce to Africa.  This year we are asking every pupil to bring in at least one item for our Harvest Festival and if at all possible a donation of at least 10p to help with transportation costs. 

The recent rising fuel costs will hit charities who rely on voluntary donations very hard indeed. As well as helping people in need in Africa we have also, traditionally, sent parcels to some people in the local area. 

If you are aware of anyone living in the area who would appreciate a harvest parcel, please contact Mr Davies Unfortunately due to lack of space we are unable to invite parents into school for the Harvest Assembly itself.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support in helping our school continue to make a difference in the lives of the needy.

Assembly on Baisakhi

image 01Pupils presented an assembly on Baisakhi to all year groups in April. Baisakhi is a very important festival for Sikh people in our school, our country and across the world.

Baisakhi, also spelt Vaisakhi, is the festival which celebrates Sikh New Year and the founding of the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa, in 1699.

It is celebrated on April 13 or 14 every year. It was originally a harvest festival in the Punjab before it became the Sikh's most important festival. Our assemblies were presented brilliantly by Year 7 pupils Jayapreet Bains-Williams, Arun Uppal and Hannah Cartwright, supported  by Roqeebat Hamzat. Best wishes and happy celebrations to our Sikh pupils and to Sikhs everywhere.

Christmas Carol Service

Year 7 pupils will take part in a Christmas Carol service at St Stephens Church, on the 8th December 2015. All year 7’s will leave school at 1pm to go to the Church by bus. They will then be dismissed at 3pm when the service ends. They are expected to make their own way home from the Church. If any pupil needs to come back to the School please let the school know and arrangements will be made.

The service will comprise of traditional readings, carols and music to celebrate Christmas. This is a wonderful event that we organise each year for our Year 7 pupils that retells the story of the birth of Jesus in readings, carols and music. The event showcases the wonderful talents of our pupils and staff who participate.

Parents have already been emailed about this event. There is no need to reply unless you would not like your child to attend this event. If you wish for your child to stay in school please reply and they will have normal lessons instead.

This is a traditional yearly event for Salendine Nook and we see this as a start to our Christmas celebrations 

Ramadan

ICAM0020Ramadan Assemblies were held for every year group this week with three Year 9 pupils, Malaika, Komal and Nabil presenting the importance of the month of fasting. Many of our pupils are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and the school has issued a friendly challenge to all it’s pupils to pledge a day or so during the next month to give up food and water during the hours of light. Many non Muslim pupils and Teachers have already shown interest in trying to experience the challenge of the fast and we look to see as many of our pupils signing up to the Ramadan Fasting Challenge of 2015.

Earthquake appeal

Dear Parent/Carer

In response to the tragedy unfolding in Nepal we are going to do a collection in school for the earthquake appeal. This will then be sent to the Disasters and Emergency Committee who are already supporting the rescue and relief work in Nepal. The collections will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week, 5th -8th May.

We are sure that you will give generously as the images and reports from the stricken area are extremely moving and this is a very worthwhile appeal. If you haven’t seen the DEC emergency earthquake appeal broadcast please take a moment to follow the link below and it will explain the work of the DEC and how the money raised will be used. Thank you in advance for your continued support for all of our charity appeals.  The total raised amount will be on the school website. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05vf30f/dec-nepal-earthquake-appeal

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