Education Sunday, which is 12th September 2021 is a day of prayer and celebration for all those involved in education.

For us this may be a time to praise God for the schools in our parishes, and to pray for teachers and students. The homily has been written by the Revd Sue Martin, Bishop’s Officer for School’s Mission…

Every step of our lives is involved in learning. Every day, every waking minute, wherever we are, and however old we may be, we are still learning. Education is the key! It is the key to our understanding, the foothold on which our ‘ladder of life’ is based. It fills our minds to grow, our hearts to understand and our souls to be refreshed. We all have a part to play in education, whether in our own lives or for our families.

Please follow the links to the full homily, prayers, hymns and resources as below.

The full Homily in pdf format – see more here.

The Diocese Sunday Morning resources page – see more here.

Summer Term 2021

Wilburton Primary School ‘Lost Words’ Library is an Inspiration.

Lost Words library

Children at Wilburton Primary have been enjoying their beautiful new school library, packed with lots of new and exciting fiction and non-fiction books.  The library is filled with images and wall murals taken from The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, and stacked with new books donated or granted to us.

Otter by Jackie Morris, illustrator of The Lost Words

In school, older children learnt to sing and play along to The Lost Words Blessing, which urges us: “Enter the wild with care, my love, and speak the things you see.  Let new names take and root and thrive and grow.”  So to mark our library’s opening, every class went outside into the natural world to observe, listen, wonder and connect. 

We made our own version of The Lost Words book, celebrating nature that we all love.  Some of this work is displayed in our library (below) and the entire book is on our website:

Enter the wild with care, my love, and speak the things you see.” The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Headteacher, David Aston, explains why The Lost Words was chosen as the inspiration for the new library at the school: “Vocabulary, reading and the natural environment are key components of our school’s curriculum.  Learning and using the words to talk about themselves and emotions, loving reading, and understanding the world we live in and how important it is to connect, value and cherish nature is a huge part of our aim for all children at our school. 

Display of the Lost Words

We wanted to install a new school library packed with brilliant books to help inspire children’s reading, but also encouraging them to look out to the local natural world.  At school, children use our new Forest School site, nature area, school allotment, woodworking area and construction zone regularly as part of learning. 

Therefore, The Lost Words, linking nature and declining vocabulary, was a perfect choice for our library.  We were so thrilled to have permission and support from Jackie and Robert to be able to achieve this.”  

David Ashton Headteacher at Wilburton C of E Primary School.

Books and images make the library a perfect place at the heart of the school


Discover our school here…

‘A patient’s journey through the NHS’ Isleham C of E Primary pupils scoop first
prize in regional Health Education England careers contest.

Abigail Jones and Ophelia Finlay from Isleham have been named the East of
England regional winners in an annual contest designed to bring awareness to the
range of roles within the NHS, and help encourage young people consider a career
in the sector.

Winners, Abi and Ophelia from Isleham C of E Primary School

11 year-olds Abigail and Ophelia, pupils at Isleham C of E Primary School, created
a video animation of a drawing showing a patient’s ‘journey’ through the NHS.
The incredibly detailed video showcases the various roles and departments in the
NHS, and how they link into patient care. The video can be found here.

Health Education England (HEE) runs the Step Into The NHS competition in
primary schools each year to highlight the many career paths in health and care.
This year’s competition saw an impressive 1,428 entries from more than 1,800
pupils in 96 primary schools throughout England. As well as learning about some
of the 350 careers in the NHS, pupils had chance to say thank you to the NHS in
their own personal and creative way.

Winners, Abigail and Ophelia said:

“Winning the regional award was not something that I thought could happen, but it
was an exciting project to do with my friend and I feel very proud to have
represented my school.”

“I have really enjoyed doing this project with my best friend, Ophelia. My
favourite part was finding out about all the different roles in the NHS, and the
different career opportunities available. We were really surprised when we found
out that we were the regional winners, because we just entered for fun, but we’re both really proud of our work”.

See the full Press Release here…

View, print or download a copy here…

If you have any difficulties in accessing the ElyEducation website, please contact; Rev’d Sue Martin