On 27th January St Mary's welcomed a plethora of guests to school for a special service to receive our Coventry Cross of Nails. Representatives from all the local churches, the Catholic diocese, governors and previous staff gathered in the school hall with the children and staff to join in hymns, dance, readings and prayers before Canon Pastor Kathryn Fleming from Coventry Cathedral explained the history and significance of the symbolism. She reminded us that we all need to work towards the ICON aims on a daily basis. Jennifer Jenkins, ICONS Project Manager reminded us of the three aims of the Cross of Nails Community and told us about the places in the world where there are ICON schools and Rev. Kate Mier told us about her own Anglican churches in Studley and Mappleborough Green which are already Cross of Nails churches. She also explained Studley’s connection with a South African school. We have already fostered a relationship with the Cathedral by school visits but on 12th January it was the privilege of staff to attend morning service where our very own Cross of Nails was blessed by the Dean of the Cathedral.
Every other year pupils and staff celebrate World Book Day in great style. Pupils and staff dress up as their favourite book character. The children are encouraged to bring in their favourite book, to talk about their character and to exchange favourite stories. A grand Assembly takes place in the Hall where all pupils and staff parade in their costumes! Vouchers are awarded to those pupils whose outfits are exceptional and overall winners from each class are judged by the staff. Great fun had by all!