The scallop shell is the traditional emblem of James, son of Zebedee and has long been the badge of pilgrims on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. By tradition, Compostela is the burial place of St. James’ remains.
Medieval Christians making the pilgrimage to James’ shrine often wore a scallop shell symbol on their hat or clothes. The pilgrims also carried a scallop shell with them, and would present themselves at churches, castles, abbeys, etc., where they could expect to be given as much sustenance as they could pick up with one scoop. Even the poorest household could give charity without being overburdened. The scallop shell still serves today as a marker of directions and inns for modern pilgrims.
The association of Saint James with the scallop can likely be traced to the legend that the apostle once rescued a knight covered in scallops. An alternate version of the legend holds that while St. James’ remains were being transported to Spain from Jerusalem, the horse of a knight fell into the water, and emerged covered in the shells.
We regard our friendship with the parish of St James the Great highly. Since 2015, we have come together to design a unique, bespoke programme of events stretching far beyond the traditional church/school relationship. Below is a summary of that ongoing work. Our vision is 'ready for the future'. This is a fabulous opportunity to give that context within our own community. Reverend Kevin Greaves works closely with everyone at school and together we have formed close ties that bind our work together.
Below is our church and a picture of Reverend Kevin with members of the church leadership at our recent Tanzania Day celebrations with Canon Arthur Mauya.
MARA COMMUNITY VISIT 'FUND RAISING' 2017/2018 - Mr Wildey has been given the opportunity to attend our partner region (Mara) and visit our partner school (Ragata) in February 2019. In order to make this happen, the church and school set about fundraising in order to cement those links and understand more about how we can help and learn from each other. Mr Wainwright, our local community historian, led a week long Crigglestone/Sandal/Durkar archive and local history event in school during the Summer break. Across each of the 10 hour days our school welcomed the community to know more about our past, research family history and at the same time raise funds for the community visit. The event was such a success that the target for the visit was exceeded by the end of the event. Mr Wainwright was wonderful, as usual, and it is great to see our vision in community firmly in place.
COMMUNITY QUIZ NIGHTS - Autumn 2017 & 2018
COMMUNITY DANCE EVENTS - Summer 2018
PARISH MAGAZINE PUBLICATIONS - Monthly contributions to the community publication
UNDERSTANDING MARA - Our children visited St James the Great Church to work alongside our friends there to develop their understanding of Tanzania. The parish shares a link with Mara and together we are creating a three way community link between school-parish-Mara.
UNDERSTANDING COMMUNION - Reverend Kevin leads the children through the meaning of communion, the significance of the service and show them how communion is given. All children in KS2 visit church. Our KS1 and reception children share a special act of worship in the school hall.
UNDERSTANDING BAPTISM - Reverend Kevin leads the children through the baptism service and its meaning. The children can watch the service and take part in some of the rituals.
GET TO KNOW YOUR CHURCH & COMMUNITY - Events held at church for each class in KS2. Mr Wainwright takes the children on a journey through the church and its community history, putting our children's views about their local area in the context of everything that has gone before
THE TREASURES OF THE CHURCH - Reverend Kevin and Mrs Butterworth have worked together to design a 'treasure hunt' at church to unearth the detail behind everything you see. Every child has the opportunity to take part in this as their class make a special visit to the church.
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP - Reverend Kevin leads monthly worship at St James.
CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION - Our annual competition to outline 'what Christmas means to me'.
HARVEST FESTIVALS - Our school visits church to be thankful for all we have and to bring together our collective offering for St. Catherine's Foodbank in Wakefield.
TANZANIA DAY 2017 & 2018 'Learning About & Learning From Tanzania' Our children were tour agents to 'promote' Tanzania. Should they focus upon the commercial, yet unique, Serengeti, the breathtaking Kilimanjaro or should their focus be upon the spiritual, social and cultural messages which resonate loudly? The children had to demonstrate their work in the form of class presentations to a panel of parish and community judges during the afternoon. In our most recent theme day our children had to become great inventors. Inspired by the children of Ragata School in Tanzania, our children were charged with inventing everyday items from the rubbish that we so often throw away.
CELEBRATION CHRISTMAS CONCERTS - our annual end of term celebration to celebrate the coming of our Lord and the hope it offers us during the season of advent.
HOLY WEEK - 'THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS' Together with the help of our friend, Reverend Kevin, the children represented the story of Jesus' journey during holy week leading towards his resurrection on Easter Sunday. In 2018, the stations were created to form a journey through our school offering those who read the chance to reflect upon the values within them. In 2019 we will be creating a similar, permanent journey for St James the Great church. Our work culminates in our annual EASTER SERVICE at church where everyone in school attends.
THESE EVENTS ARE IN ADDITION TO SUNDAY EUCHARIST AT 10.30AM AND SAID EUCHARIST EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 7.00PM.