Pupils at the Weald CofE Primary School, made sure Bishop Andrew had a real flavour of life at their Beare Green school when he was invited by Year 6 to focus on the theme of trust and ‘walk the plank’ during a visit.
The Rt Revd Andrew Watson was encouraged to try out the gym equipment after watching pupils showcase the school’s five Christian values during an act of collective worship as part of his first visit to the school, an academy within the diocese’s Good Shepherd Trust.
Pupils across all year groups were given a chance to highlight how they live out the values of respect, responsibility, love, forgiveness and trust after year six pupils had given the Bishop a tour of their school.
Year six pupil Sam Kenward (11) said: “The Bishop was really friendly and we enjoyed showing him all the things that we really like about our school. He was particularly impressed with our understanding of how everyone in our school is working hard to be the best we can be.
“It was great to challenge him to try out the theme of ‘trust’ with us by having a go on the balance beam as we supported him- he was surprisingly good!”
Year six pupil Sid Cowlin (11) said: “The Bishop really enjoyed discussing our school values with us and looking at the displays of our work around school.
"He talked to us about how we are all unique and then shared his talent of playing the piano backwards! He was amazing and a pleasure to meet.”
Bishop Andrew said: “The pupils were fantastic guides and it was a privilege to spend time with them and to experience their enthusiasm for their school.
“It was wonderful to see their appreciation of the beautiful setting and of the school’s facilities such as the music room and gym equipment.
“Thankfully I managed not to fall off the plank, although it might have made their day if I had!”
The visit enabled Bishop Andrew to meet the school’s new head Rachel Jacob who took up her post at the start of the summer term.
Mrs Jacob said: “The school has a tremendous spirit and desire to do the very best for its pupils and it was wonderful for the children to be able to welcome Bishop Andrew and celebrate what the school is all about, as we travel on our learning journey together.
“The visit was a real boost as we look forward to an exciting half term and to kindling our new vision for learning and strive for excellence across all aspects of school life.”