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Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


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Everyone saw the bare Christmas Tree Cross in St Mary's Church during our Easter service

last term. On Easter Sunday, to celebrate Jesus' resurrection, the people who came to church

each placed a flower in the cross to "bring it back to life".

Attached is a photo to show the result.

Easter Service


Today the whole school went to St Mary's Church for our annual Easter Service. There were some lovely opportunities for reflecting on the Easter Story and opportunities to retell the Easter events through story and singing.

We also took the opportunity to present the Winners and Runners-Up of the Christian Foundation Art Competition that was held at the end of Term 3. Watch this space to see how amazing the art work looks up on the walls around school...

Happy Easter to you all!


What an amazing night Tuesday evening was! We were astounded by how many people turned up to celebrate Christingle with us! After two years of virtual Christingles, it was a real joy to be back together, live in the church.

We were exceptionally proud of how the children conducted themselves; the readers and soloists also deserve a special mention!

Thank you to all who attended - and to all who donated to the Children's Society.

Merry Christmas!

Mrs Wish

KS1 Nativity, Follow the Star.

Well done to Mrs McCoy and the choir! 

They have earnt the admiration of many villagers who expressed their gratitude and 

who said they were thrilled to have children singing as part of the village's Christmas 

celebrations. The talent, enthusiasm and obvious effort involved in the performances at Saturday's Christmas Event and Monday's Carols at the Lychgate were such a wonderful example of what Minster School can achieve.

Thank you too to Years 4, 1 and R, who gave time, artistic skill and energy to produce 160 lanterns to hang in the trees in the churchyard, which added to the atmosphere as the choir sang.

Thank you all for playing such an important part in the life of the village. It is much appreciated.

Christmas Lanterns.mp4

Still image for this video

  These had been made by Years 1, 4 and 5 out of recycled plastic bottles, tissue paper and glue.


Well done to all for adding to the village festivities!

Year 6 Trip to Canterbury Cathedral

This term, the Christian Foundation that we are focusing on is Peace. The Year 6 children had the opportunity to go and experience the peaceful and awe-inspiring building of Canterbury Cathedral last week! It was amazing to go and explore Canterbury Cathedral with our Year 6 children, to reflect in prayer stations and to participate in a service, together with 11 other schools. The awe and wonder on their faces when they looked up at the ceiling was fabulous to see! We were reminded while we were there that the Cathedral is 'our' Cathedral; a place where we (and anyone) can explore spirituality and worship God, if we choose to do so.

Each group also got to take part in some engaging activities; stone masonry, organ playing, exploring stain glass windows, and some of us even got to try our hand at acting!

The children were fantastic and had a great day!

Children of Minster Church of England Primary School paying tribute to the Queen and Head of the Church of England in our church service on Friday.

Young Leaders Award Presentation at Canterbury Cathedral

All of our Year 2 children have been working towards their Young Leaders Award this year! Four children were chosen to represent the school to go and collect our school's certificate. They gave a presentation on leadership for Bishop Rose and other schools from the Diocese; they also read prayers in a Service of Worship in the Cathedral afterwards. The children were absolutely fantastic and did themselves proud. 

Our Christian Ambassadors leading part of the Easter Service.

Year 3 really enjoyed their Christingle- what a beautiful service. We feel all Christmasy now!

It was a pleasure to have our traditional Harvest Festivals take place this year. It has been so long since we have been able to fill the church with our singing! The children enjoyed sharing their learning about Harvest. All our donations this year were passed on to our local churches who are supporting Community Sponsorship. The Community Sponsorship is a UK refugee resettlement program, which will enable us to welcome a refugee family to live in our community of Minster. Although the Salvation Army is the lead sponsor for this project, there are a variety of people involved from within the village, including members of St Mary’s Church. If you would like more information about Community Sponsorship, please go to to investigate this charity and how they help refugees.


With the recent global news of more people being displaced from their homes, collections like this are all the more relevant. When we think on our Christian Foundation of Love, we are called to love not only the people we know, but all our neighbours, local and global.

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Willows Academy Trust

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School