Workshops The Diary:
A different approach 2nd Meath assembly
June Faith Awareness
On Saturday 27th June, Simon is leading a
church workshop entitled “How to do a
Stanwell Fields reception classes planning meeting
Stepgates Years 1 and 2 RE day in Children Trust
4th Thorpe Lea Years 1 and 2 planning meeting
Children’s talk in church on a Sunday 5th Using puppets in the classroom INSET
morning.” 8th Seer Green Years 3 and 4 RE day
9th Team time prayer walk
Elements will include: 10th Stanwell Fields reception classes RE day
· How does the children’s talk fit into the 10th Ashford CE parenting taster afternoon
rest of the service? 11th St Annes Catholic Year 5 RE day
11th Thorpe Lea Years 1 and 2 RE day
· Why do it? 12th Ashford Park Year 6 RE day
· How do children think today? 12th Seer Green Years 1 and 2 RE day
14th Ashford Congregational Church service
· How to construct a talk 15th Seer Green assembly
· Dos and don’ts 15th Gerrards Cross infant and junior assemblies
Making a difference to children by
This workshop is open to anyone working with 15th Gerrards Cross Year 6 planning meeting
15th Prayer group meeting
children, worship leaders and clergy. It is being 16th Staines Preparatory Keystage 1 and 2 assemblies
hosted by Ashford Congregational Church but 16th Buckland infant and junior assemblies
17th St. Ann’s Heath assembly
helping their parents
places can be booked via the FACT office.
17th Thorpe CE infant assembly
Cost - £15 per person or £40 for a group of 3. 18th Thorpe Lea infant and junior assemblies
18th Fordway assembly
A different skill 19th Oakfield assembly
22nd Spelthorne junior assemblies
On Friday 5th June, Simon is leading an INSET 22nd Ascot Heath assembly
session entitled “Puppets in the classroom.” 22nd St Peter’s schoolroom reflection FACT’s Parenting courses aim to make a difference
The session is 9.30am - 12pm. 23rd Stepgates infant and junior assemblies to children by helping their parents.
23rd Grange infant assembly
This workshop will address: 24th Echelford infant and junior assemblies Simon has recently held two parenting courses for
· How to use puppets in teaching. 25th Stanwell Fields infant and junior assemblies local church groups, a six week course at St.
· How to use puppets in story telling. 25th Clarendon assembly Richard’s Church, Hanworth and a three week
25th Christ Church CE infant assembly
· How to use puppets in emotional literacy. 25th Fordway planning meeting course at The Salvation Army Citadel in Ashford. He
This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability 25th St. Annes Catholic infant and junior assemblies has also been involved in a couple of Dad’s days at
26th Ashford CE infant and junior assemblies The Lawns in Windsor and is about to lead a
and none. There will be puppets available if you 27th Church workshop - How to do a children’s talk
don’t have one. 29th Ashford Park infant and junior assemblies parenting ‘taster’ evening at Ashford CE School.
This workshop will be at Ashford Methodist 29th Town Farm infant and junior assemblies Feedback from all courses has been extremely
29th Gerrards Cross Year 6 RE day positive and the highlight for Simon was watching
Church. 30th Meath assembly
Cost - £40 per individual 30th Clarendon Rec/Yr 1 ; Yrs 5/6 planning meetings parents who were shy, nervous and with low self
To book either course, contact the FACT 30th Fordway RE day esteem, change and develop during the course.
July One parent wrote: “You have helped me more than
office. Address and email details at the foot 2nd Trumps Green infant assembly
of this page. 2nd Englefield Green infant assembly you will ever know.” What a compliment, and an
2nd Staines Prep Year 6 RE day example of the course making a difference.
5th Clarendon Reception and Year 1 RE day
7th Clarendon Years 5 and 6 RE day WANTED
9th Littleton CE infant assembly To help FACT continue to make a difference in our community, we need more volunteers to take on
11th Strictly for Dads session - The Lawns
14th Meath assembly specific strategic roles. We would like additional trustees. As reported in the last newsletter one of our
15th Team time at the office trustees had come to the end of their term of office. Two more reach that point next year and we are
19th St. Mary’s Sunbury 9.30 and 11.00 services particularly in need of a treasurer. It would be good to have an overlap prior to their retirement as it is
good to pass on expertise.
FACT email:firstname.lastname@example.org As the organisation continues to grow, so does the amount of equipment and routine maintenance in
the IT department. It would be particularly helpful if we had a volunteer to come into the office once a
Tyndale House, 3 Grange Road www.thefact.co.uk week to carry out routine maintenance: back ups; label printing; disk defrags; compilation of a trouble
Egham, Surrey TW20 9QW shooting file etc. Experience of networks and Windows XP is necessary for this role. Let us know
tel 01784-470744 Registered Charity Number 1055843 if you would like to make a difference within the office.
A newsletter to keep supporters informed, inspired & involved.
Issue number 76 May 2009 FACT enabling children to reflect on the Christian Gospel
RE Days This term’s Assembly
RE days continue to be popular this term and This term’s assembly is all about ‘Unsung Heroes.’ The children begin by thinking about some of their
as can be seen from the photographs, pupils heroes and then think about some of the ‘Unsung Heroes’ in their lives. Those people who
experience RE in a cross-curricular way. do all the things heroes do such as setting a good example; making a difference to other’s
The benefits of this mean that pupils and lives but who are not famous and do not always get noticed.
teachers have the opportunity to reflect on
spiritual issues and how this might affect them. To show how we have to look carefully to recognise some of the ‘Unsung Heroes’ around
We were extremely pleased to receive a letter us, the children have fun using a ‘Where’s Wally’ picture. In the ‘Where’s Wally’ books the
from Emma Cole, a teacher at Englefield Green main character of Wally is hidden amongst a large crowd of people. He looks just the same
Infant School. With her permission we have as everyone else and just blends into the picture and can easily be missed if you do not
printed it at the bottom of the page, as it is encouraging to know that a school look carefully. The idea is to find Wally amongst the crowd. The comparison is then made
has taken on board FACT’s approach to RE, to the benefit of the whole school with ‘Unsung Heroes.’ They look the same as everyone else, they can just blend into the
community. Once again FACT is making a difference. crowd. We have to look carefully to make sure we do not miss them. Some examples of ‘Unsung Heroes’
After leading 10 RE days with an Easter theme, Simon and Avril are now are then given:
focusing on Citizenship, Creation and Parables for this term’s RE days, all based
on the Surrey Syllabus. There are also two RE days at Seer Green, based on the Buckinghamshire The lollipop lady/man who helps us cross the road.
syllabus; “What does it mean to be me?” and “Inner feelings and beliefs expressed in religion,” and one The Brownie/Cubs leader who spends time each week preparing activities to ensure a fun
RE day based on the Catholic RE syllabus: Here I am, “Freedom and Responsibilities.” session.
Looking back over the Easter half term, Simon feels that highlights for him were two Easter celebrations A member of our family who is prepared to give us that little extra time without expecting
at St. Annes Catholic and Ashford Park schools where there was enjoyment for all with time and space anything in return.
to focus on the true meaning of Easter. Simon has already been booked for a Harvest service in 2009.
If you would like him to lead a special event during 2009 / 2010, then please contact the office. The theme is then linked to the Bible story of Moses in the Bulrushes with the ‘Unsung Hero’ in the story
Next year’s RE day leaflets have been amended to include 6 new RE day titles based on a new themes being Miriam, Moses’ older sister. Miriam watched over Moses and when the Pharaoh’s daughter
from Guildford Diocese and Surrey Consultants. decided to take Moses back to the palace and bring him up as her own son, it was Miriam who ensured
Titles include: “What can we learn about the Christian faith from the Chronicles of that Moses own mother was able to nurse him. Miriam can easily be overlooked in this story but her
Narnia?” “Heroes of faith and their qualities”; “Why should we care for God’s world?”; “ actions made a huge difference and she didn’t expect anything in return.
Bible heroes and their qualities”; “What can we learn about friendships and relationships
from the Bible?” and “What makes a church building New Schools Worker
different from other buildings?”
We have already written and led an RE day with In the last newsletter we announced that FACT had advertised and were seeking to
the final title and look forward to writing and leading appoint another schools worker to help deliver RE days and assemblies and make
the other 5 RE days in the next academic year. a difference to local schools. The advertisement went out to local churches and
As well as the 6 new RE days, we have updated schools and also to National Christian magazines.
and amended a further 26. This is part of our
process to continue to be at the cutting edge We had 51 enquiries; 10 applicants and a shortlist of 4 very strong applicants.
making a difference in the teaching of RE.
All 4 applicants delivered an assembly in a local junior school, on the topic “revenge”
FACT’s impact - How an RE day from FACT made a difference to a local school and then faced an interview. We were impressed by all four but felt that our final
I would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone at FACT and especially Avril. As a school we were stuck
decision was led by God. We wish the three unsuccessful candidates all the best as they continue to
teaching R.E as an isolated subject and using the well known 'Big book and sentence writing' teaching style. follow God’s leading for their lives.
As R.E co-ordinator and a Kinaesthetic learner/ teacher myself I was looking for a new and exciting way into
R.E. Pictured is Becky Wright, the successful applicant, who will take up her new role in September when she
Thanks to FACT our eyes were opened to an innovative way of teaching R.E through ALL areas of the completes her term of work with Scripture Union on the Isle of Man. We look forward to welcoming her
Curriculum and linked to our whole school topics. Since Avril's R.E day at our school our children have so as part of the FACT team.
much fun using their knowledge, intuition and inquisitive skills to learn about their own and others
religious views. Our children are learning so much more and hold deeper conversations because they have We would like to thank those who make a difference to us by their generosity. Thank you for responding
been captivated by this teaching and learning style. We have now planned our own R.E days throughout to our last funding leaflet. We are encouraged by your generosity as we continue to face the ongoing
our school from Nursery to Year Two. challenge of funding and living by faith. We can’t make a difference without your support.
Emma Cole - Englefield Green Infant and Nursery School
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. (Jimmy Johnson - American football coach)