The scallop shell is the traditional emblem of Saint James and has long been the badge of pilgrims on the way to the burial place of Saint James in Compostela in Spain. Medieval Christians making a pilgrimage to see James’ shrine often wore a scallop shell as a symbol and, when carried, would present themselves at resting places along the way where they could expect to be given as much sustenance as they could pick up with one scoop.
The link between Saint James and the scallop can be traced to the legend that the disciple once rescued a knight covered in scallops or an alternate version that the horse of a knight fell into the water and emerged covered in shells whilst carrying the body of Saint James.
St James the Great Church in Chapelthorpe and our school have formed a strong partnership of trust, friendship and mutual learning. We have formed an extensive calendar of community events during the last three years which involve regular visits to and from church throughout the year. We have aimed to take our 'ready for the future' vision into our local community and a key to this is understanding what makes our community, what we can learn from it and how we open our arms together. Below is a brief summary of this work and images of our church, our friends there and one of our classes visits to the church to take part in Understanding Our Community.
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. Reverend Kevin and Mr Wainwright studied our community and school partnership with the region of Mara and, in particular, Ragata School. Our friends are in our prayers and thoughts and we have learned much about respect and tolerance for beliefs and ways of life. It is interesting to see how an non-white Christian community live together and how they have the same beliefs as ourselves but often live in very different ways.
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. Every class in KS2 takes part in this - here is one such visit.
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.