As a Church of England Academy we offer many opportunities for students and staff to pray, reflect and worship here.
Each school day begins with a collective act of worship (assembly) based on the theme of the week. These assemblies are co-ordinated to include opportunities to meet together as a year group at least once a week.
In addition to the daily act of worship (assembly) other opportunities for prayer, Christian teaching and friendship are provided in school, as follows:
Special Prayers to mark Christian Festivals.
Holy Communion is a short service of thanksgiving in which we welcome Jesus through the bread and wine. Members of all Christian denominations who receive in their own church are welcome to receive Holy Communion with us. Otherwise we warmly invite you to come for a blessing. The chaplain is there for advice if you are unsure what to do.
Daily Reflection is a simple time to reflect on theme of the week and prepare yourself for learning.
The Chapel is a beautiful space located at the top of the school, with views over Plymouth. It is open throughout the school day. It is a quiet oasis of peace in our busy academy and all members of the All Saints’ community are welcome to use it when they need time out to think, reflect and pray. All students will get to know it during their time here at All Saints.
All Saints Academy, Plymouth has its own Chaplain, Reverend Andrew Bowden who assists us in providing an atmosphere that encourages personal reflection, an appreciation of the spiritual dimension of life and the living out of Christian values. He also offers spiritual support to students, staff and parents/carers in times of loss, illness, bereavement and other personal challenges. To contact the chaplain please telephone the academy and ask to speak with him.
Projects like our Christian Distinctiveness art project encourage local youngsters to identify what makes them and their primary church schools distinctively Christian.
Our aim is to celebrate common values and a shared foundation in the Christian faith, create closer partnerships and re-enforce Christian links within our local community.
“Christian Distinctiveness is an integral part of any church school,” says ASAP’s chaplain Rev’d Andy Bowden who leads assemblies at neighbouring primary schools and helps bring a Christian perspective to all aspects of academy life both in and out of the classroom. “One of our 4 core values at All Saints Academy is Faith; putting Christian faith at the heart of every action and providing a safe environment and caring ethos for all,” he adds.
As part of the Christian Distinctiveness art project children from our neighbouring primary schools regularly visited our art department to create banners using images and bible verses.
Alison Williams, a teacher at St Budeaux Primary School: “The collaboration between primaries and All Saints Academy make us feel like one big church family. This project has stimulated their creative imagination and forged new friendships between adults and children. It’s been a wonderful opportunity”.
“It’s been really cool going to All Saints Academy,” Connie from St Matthew’s Academy Plymouth.
Mr Hill, the deputy head at Bishop Cornish primary school added: “Through shared beliefs and faith, the project has enabled our children to develop their naturally creative talent”.