"An educational community is enriched when individual differences are respected and welcomed... and I think that prayer spaces are an important contribution to that within the life of a school."Rach Warwick (Make Lunch, Youthscape)

‘I enjoyed the stress beads because they helped me to relax and I now feel calm.’

‘I loved how it gave you time to think and relax.’

Just one of the comments given in feedback from the hundreds we received over the course of a two week Year 6 Prayer Space, focussing on looking back before leaving Primary School and looking forward to new challenges and changes as they move on in June this year.

‘I enjoyed the stress beads because they helped me to relax and I now feel calm.’

At Weston Favell we work in partnership with Northampton Primary Academy Trust, a growing Trust of 11 schools across the town. We invited all of the schools to bring their Yr 6 classes over which meant that over the course of the two weeks we had something in the region of 600 pupils plus staff visit the space.

‘I liked the forgiveness stones because you got to choose whether you were
going to forgive or not.’

There were 14 activities, including ‘Wow’ moments, Forgiveness Stones, Calm Jars, Hopes and Dreams, Letting Go, The Empty Chair, Big Questions, Friendship Foundations, Stress less Beads and several others.

“I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere. Time to sit and think for/about me.
Time to switch off by watching the glitter floating around."

When we looked more closely at pupils responses they seemed to particularly appreciate the activities that helped them reflect on themselves, then their families and friends and then the wider community, although, all of the activities were valued.

‘It was amazing thank you so much for having us.’

As a Church School the prayer spaces are very much part of our life together and it is good to see the rest of NPAT making it a part of theirs. We had several schools who had never experienced one before but who really ‘got it’ straightaway.

‘I thought all the activities were great and helped the children think about their feelings.’

‘It was amazing!’

Weston Favell CE Primary School - Prayer Space June 2018


Posted on 25th January 2019

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