Service of Dedication

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Students and staff were welcomed at Holy Trinity church on Friday 7th September for a service of dedication to mark the start of this academic year. The service was an opportunity to welcome new members of our school community and also to formally dedicate our year 11 prefects in their service to the school.

This year each student was given a small pebble to place into one of four bowls, each representing our school values - service, compassion, justice and perseverance - as they entered the church. Later in the service these were brought up to the altar, and all students dedicated themselves to focus on their chosen value in the year ahead. Reverend Richard Dormandy, vicar of Holy Trinity, spoke to us about the importance of being a constructive community, seeking God’s help in the job we have of building a thriving and successful school here at St Martin’s.

As a Church of England school, collective worship is really important to us, it is one way we grow together and it underpins the positive relationships and successful academic life of the school.

Headteacher, Beverley Stanislaus reflected that our first week had been ‘An amazing experience for us all.’ with happy students, staff and parents. Our church service rounded the week off perfectly and has given us a springboard to go forward into the new term.