Welcome to the Faith Council
We exist to ensure that everybody, irrespective of whether they come from a religious or non-religious background is celebrated at John Clifford Primary School.
Our Council includes members of many belief and faith community groups and we are so proud that we can share ourselves with each other and have the confidence to expand that throughout our school.
Our work together has enabled us to lead Harvest assemblies, share our beliefs and values during lessons and confidently present ourselves to our local SACRE and teaching students at Nottingham Trent University.
We are proud of who we are and how brilliantly diverse John Clifford Primary School is.
The Faith Council's roles and responsibilities
The Faith Council has two responsibilities at John Clifford Primary School:
1. Operation H.A.R.V.E.S.T
2. Collective Worship
The Faith Council believes that our community is a very special place. We know it is one inhabited by a great mix of people. Very much like our school. However, we are also aware that there are those that need help and Operation H.A.R.V.E.S.T is our school wide initiative to do just that. We are fortunate to have a Food Bank located very near to our school and we would like to do our very best to support this very worthwhile project.
We established a super collection of food for this year's Harvest Festival, but the Faith Council believe that Harvest shouldn’t just be a once a year festival. So what do we mean by that? What about after Harvest? What happens then? Do these people still need food? Do our local food banks need fresh supplies? What about the run up to Christmas when demand is particularly high? What about every day in-between?
Food is continually needed, and people need food every day and this still happens even after the Harvest season.
So, what can we do about it at John Clifford?
Here is our idea in three easy steps:
1. First of all, it involves you, your families and your shopping trips. When you visit your local supermarkets could you think of providing a tin or packet of food for someone else? Could you go shopping for another family by buying them a packet of pasta for example? Could you challenge yourselves and set the task of thinking of someone in this way every week or every fortnight or once a month?
2. When you have your food gift, the idea is to bring it into school and place it into our serving basket and when it is full, we will take it to Hope Café for their food bank supplies. It’s as simple as that.
3. We know that not everyone will be able to do this every week or fortnight, but could you challenge yourself and your family to do it as often as you can? This task will encourage us to think of others as well as ourselves and this is a great, great model for serving one another, even if we don’t know the name of the person we are serving.
What does H.A.R.V.E.S.T stand for?
Each letter of the word Harvest stands for something important to our project.
H is for Hope. This is the Charity we are supporting in our local community and what we want for everybody living in it.
A is for Action. This task encourages us to do something about an issue in our community that needs our attention and assistance.
R is for Response. Following on from choosing to act is to respond to the issue of hunger in our community. We will respond by hopefully helping to replenish the food stores at our local food banks.
V is for Venture. Being daring enough to venture into our community and invest in it to become a better place for us all to live in by serving one another more.
E is for Educate. Through working with others in our local community, we can learn from one another, what is important and what needs more from us to create a kinder and more caring environment.
S is for Serving. Serving one another can help bring about the change we really want to see. Mahatma Ghandi said it best, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ and we could help see to it that everyone eats well in Beeston.
T is for Together. Our school motto says it best. Together we will be successful and so can Beeston too.
The impact of this project could mean so much to so many families in and around Beeston
What should a food donation include?
Thanks to the Trussell Trust, this is what they advise for both food and non-food donations for a Food Bank.
A typical food donation can include:
- Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
- Lentils, beans and pulses
- Tinned meat
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned fruit
- UHT milk
- Fruit juice
What should a non-food donation include?
A typical non-food donation can include:
- Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
- Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
- Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
- Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.
Our basket is ready for your kind donations and will be situated in our Junior Hall.
The Faith Council's second whole school responsibility is the planning and administration of Collective Worship.
Collective Worship can be called many things. We call it 'Together Time', 'Thinking Time' as well as Collective Worship.
The Faith Council's role during this time is firstly to plan the focus of these very important times for three different weekly assemblies and secondly, to lead each reflective moment. Each assembly will have a Collective Worship theme that reflects something relevant about our world or community, using the Nottinghamshire SACRE Collective Worship best practise guidelines, and will invite all children and staff, irrespective of religious or non-religious background, to join in.
To help, the Faith Council have devised 6 gestures that might encourage everybody's participation.
Serving each other