Our School/Church Partnership
St. Swithuns Church is next to the school and is a beautiful building. It was paid for by Norman noblemen and rebuilt between 1467 and 1477. It is an important part of Hempsted's history. The most interesting tomb in the churchyard is that known as the ‘Cavalier’s Tomb’, the last resting place of Captain John Freeman, slain during the siege of Gloucester in 1643.
As a Church of England school, we are proud to have close links with the church community. Reverend Canon Nikki Arthy is a member of our Governing Body and comes into the school to lead worship on a regular basis. The children love joining in with a cheery 'amen' at the end! We also have visits from the Open the Book team, who lead worship every Wednesday. They use drama and involve the children in the retelling of important Bible stories.
The children enjoy their visits to the church, particularly for the Harvest, Christmas and Easter services. Our Worship Club write prayers for our church services and some of our children attend the Eucharist Services on a Wednesday morning.
Our school pastoral team work in partnership with the church pastoral team to provide a weekly 'Coffee and Chat' morning in the church hall. This is free for anyone to attend, and provides a great opportunity for parents, staff and parishioners to chat over a cup of coffee and something sweet!
You can visit our parish church website at : www.swithunandmary.org.uk
Rachel took children from Class 2 and Class 4 to the churchyard for the Churches Count on Nature. Everyone recorded the species of plants and animals they spotted and wrote some really thoughtful poetry and prayers. Watch the videos to see the results!
The Parish of Hempsted with St Mary de Lode and Discover De Crypt have produced a 'Virtual Advent Calendar'.
Wearing their Christmas jumpers and backed by a wonderful Nativity scene, children from Hempsted Church of England school share a poem for December 15th.