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Ash Wednesday Service

Reverend Mark led a service in school on Wednesday and talked to the children about the significance of Ash Wednesday in the Christian faith.

Year 2 – Holy Books

Year 2 have been finding out about and comparing the holy books for Christians, Jews and Muslims.  They listened to the beginning of the Islamic story ‘The Prophet and the Black Stone. ‘  Then they thought carefully about how the problem could be solved to stop the tribes arguing. Finally, they listened to the story ending to see what the actual solution was.



Hands Around The World – New Charity

We are helping to raise money for a charity that supports children in Africa and India. It is very important for children to have awareness of the lives of children from other countries and to understand that they can do things to help to improve their quality of life. HANDS AROUND THE WORLD (HATW) is a small local organisation based in Monmouth which helps needy children around the world, sending short-term volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing and friendship at their partner centres. HATW works in Africa and India and strives for happy, healthy children who are safe, cared for, listened to, well fed, clothed, housed and in school.   More than 2500 children benefit every day, many are orphans and coping with disabilities.   Happily, the lives of many others too have been transformed through their involvement over the last 24 years. There are at least 25 million orphaned children in Africa today. Most are victims of HIV / AIDS.   You can read more about them on their website


Year 5 are going to link up with one of the schools, they plan to make up an information booklet about Much Birch to send to a school. Hopefully they will then get a similar booklet back from the school which will promote discussion about similarities and differences between the two schools.


Lynda Steiner, one of the founders of the charity, led an assembly to tell the children about the charity.

Wormelow War Memorial Remembrance Service


Pupils from Much Birch attended a remembrance service at the Wormelow War Memorial in Tump Lane. Attended by pupils from the school choir along with Mrs Davidson and members of the Much Birch community. The children read poems with sensitivity and thoughtfulness.  They also sang a remembrance song and laid a wreath to pay their respects.


Article in the Ross Gazette

Year 1 Class Led Worship

Year 1 performed with such confidence and remembered so many lines in their Class Led Worship! We hope the Year 1 parents enjoyed this special worship linked to this half term’s value of ‘Hope’.

Year 2 Class Led Worship

Year 2 led Collective Worship on October 19th 2017 and parents were invited. The theme for worship was Diwali and the children planned what they wanted to include. They explained how and why Diwali is celebrated. They also acted out the story of Rama and Sita and sang a Diwali song. Finally, the children read out a prayer they had written together.

Year 3 Class Led Worship

Year 3 led Collective Worship and focused on the current whole school value of ‘Endurance’.  The children shared quotes about what endurance means and retold the story of The Hare and the Tortoise.  They led whole school reflection giving important messages about endurance and read out prayers to end the worship.

Year 2 Class Led Worship

Year 3 trip to Much Birch Church – Church Trail

Year 3 went to visit Much Birch Church to take part in the Church trail.  Ross-on-Wye Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) are sponsored the trail at Much Birch Church.  The Church trail was partly created by a member of DFAS with the aim of introducing children to the art, architecture and history of their local church.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning and were exceptionally well behaved.

Year 4 Collective Worship

Year 4 planned and lead Collective Worship. They recounted the life of Moses and talked about how the Ten Commandments still impact on our own lives today. Some of the children had written prayers linking this story to the Christian Value of Peace.

Year 5 trip to Much Birch Church

Year 5 visiting the parish church, St. Mary and St. Thomas a Becket, to look for symbols of Christianity both inside the building and also in the church yard.

The children are also pictured looking at some of the symbolic objects that are used during Holy Communion.

Inspirational banners

Year 5 led Collective Worship and Reverend Mark and a number of Year 5 parents, grandparents and siblings attended.

We were all delighted to see the amazing banners celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit, through the symbols of the dove and fire. They have been inspired, designed and sewn by all the children following their work in RE.

Our thanks go to Mrs Willimont, Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Dillon for all their hard work.


Making the banners

Year 1 trip to Much Birch Church

Hall displays