As an ecumenical Christian school, we at St. Edward’s Royal Free Ecumenical School place Christ at the centre of everything we do and experience. Daily life reflects the common Christian faith that all partners share, and we also value and celebrate the differences between us. We know diversity enriches our experiences and lives. As such, when we learn about and from other religions it helps us to understand and value our own Christian traditions.
We, using the fruits of the Spirit
‘…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’
learn about and live out Christian values. This approach is also reflected in our worship, Religious Education and spiritual development. To help us we have Canon David Hopgood (St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Windsor), Revd. Louise Brown (All Saints Church, Dedworth) and Revd. Rosie Webb (St. Andrew’s Church). Throughout the year we visit each of the churches as well as celebrating together liturgically at school.
Our head of Religious Education also organises retreats for Year 5, Year 8 and Staff: a time when we can be with God and each other away from school. She is helped by visitors such as Wayne Dixon from Christian Connections in Schools.
To adapt a quote from Bishop Marcus Stock:
‘To put Christ and the teachings of the Church at the centre of the educational enterprise is the key purpose of Christian schools. In a Christian school, the Church seeks to build the foundations of our spiritual development, our learning and teaching, the formation of culture and our society in Christ.’
Stock, M. 2005:7
Christ at the Centre: why the Church provides Catholic Schools. CTS, London