Posted by Phil on 11.06.2012
"We feel very fortunate to have had Prayer Space week at Brill C of E School for many different reasons.
Firstly the feedback from the children was entirely positive. They enjoyed themselves - and this was backed up by their teachers (who heard their reactions after they had been into the Prayer Space) plus the odd comment from parents. Also every child took part so they could all share in the experience.
We also felt hugely supported by our local clergy and it was fantastic to work along side them during the week. Not only this, they found parishioners who were willing to share their time and talents with our children during the week and it was great to welcome them into the school - the week provided a really effective opportunity to build links with the community around the school. They were all so positive with our children and also about them. The childrens’ good behaviour was commented on, as was their calm and appropriate behaviour within Prayer Space. This was partly due to the wonderful transformation of the room into a peaceful and relaxing environment – indeed, many children asked if it could become a permanent fixture.
I feel the week allowed the children the opportunity to reflect on many different things. In terms of the PSHE and RE curriculi and in no particular order, it enabled them to think about right and wrong and their own behaviour and the Bible’s teaching about forgiveness; the changes that all the children will face now and in the future; about the many different people who help them; it helped them to voice some of their concerns or worries and also to consider their hopes and aspirations; it also gave them the chance to consider what God means to them. Finally, it helped them to see prayer in a new light, as an active process, one which doesn’t have to be done in a certain way or in a specific setting, and one where you’re not marked or judged on what you say or do or write."
Anne Barnes is the RE Co-ordinator at Brill Church of England School in Aylesbury