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Our Ethos Team

Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School’s Ethos Team

The Ethos team works alongside Miss Dorrington and Reverend Paul with other members of the community, our school prayer leaders and spiritual leaders on the Committee. We support other pupils in the school during our Collective Worship where we use ‘prayer beads’. We look after the School’s Prayer Tree which any child in the school can tie a leaf or ribbon prayer onto. We attend meetings with children from Federation and local schools at the various Ethos Days which are held throughout our Federation area. Together we create prayers, poems , displays and lead services which reflect the Christian  Ethos and vision of our School.


Our School Ethos Committee for the year 2017-2018 are:

Chair - Aaron (Year 6), Finlay (Year 6), Josie (Year 5), Susie (Year 4), Joe (Year 4) and Oscar (Year 3)


Our School Prayer Leaders for 2017 - 2018 are:

Alexander (Year 5), Amelie (Year 3)


Our School Spiritual Leaders for the year 2017 - 2018 are:

Saffron (Year 5) and Cyril (Year 3)


Easter Ethos Morning

The Ethos Team had a trip to Dawlish this week where they attended an Easter themed Ethos morning at Westcliff Primary School. Blackpool school and Lady Seawards were also there as part of the Ethos Hub. The children visited the church and made newspaper palm trees which they were able to use to re-enact Jesus arriving in Jerusalem. They then enjoyed some hot cross buns, learning about the significance to the Easter festival. Each child made an Easter garden in a silver tub which they planted up with small plants, stones and three crosses to remind them of the Easter Story.


Deanery Day - Chudleigh

On Friday 10th February the Ethos team went along to the Deanery Day that was hosted in Chudleigh Church to take part in a variety of activities to 'Give Thanks'. The Bishop of Plymouth joined the congregation in the afternoon during the short service. The children painted a canvas picture to take back to their schools thinking about what they were grateful for.

'I made a new friend today and really enjoyed the drumming' - Sophie, Year 4

'I loved performing the Lord's Prayer during the service' - Maya, Year 6

'The canvas was good fun to make and we get to take it back to the school and hang it up to share with all our school.' Freddie, Year 3

'I enjoyed the singing and doing the harmonies' - Holly, Year 5

Deanery Day Drumming

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Synagogue and Mosque Visit

Our Ethos Team along with our Press Pack and House Captains were taken to Plymouth to visit a Mosque and then a Synagogue. We listened to what takes place within those buildings and how the people who go their worship. We had to be respectful when visiting and cover our heads with scarves and hats within the mosque. In the Synagogue we were given prayer hats (kippahs) to wear. The visit to the Synagogue was very interactive and we were allowed to see and touch many beautiful artefacts. We will be presenting an assembly to the rest of the school about our visit. More photos from the visit can be found in the Gallery.

Ethos Hub Day

In November Chudleigh Knighton hosted an Ethos Hub Day with the focus being on whether having School values was important to each school. The schools attending the day were Westcliff Primary, Lady Seaward's Primary and Blackpool Primary School. During the morning the children attending took part in a debate with the topic for debate being whether each school in the Federation should have one value that they share. The debate was a calm one with the children showing a great deal of respect for each other. The outcome was that there should not be just one value across the schools. 

'We could focus on one value each week and then change it at the end of the week' 

'The only problem with changing the value each week is that the board would have to be changed and that's a lot of work for the adults.'

'Each value kind of links to the other values anyway.'

The Ethos Hub day was enjoyed by everybody taking part and certainly gave each child something to share with their own school.


Lady Seaward's Ethos Team Visit

Lady Seaward's Ethos team visited Chudleigh Knighton Primary School and with our ethos team they visited St Paul's Church here in the village. They spent time in the Church reflecting on the reasons why the community and school visit the Church. They then shared each other's School Christian Values and linked them to the teachings of Jesus.

Ethos Team 2016-2017

Federation Ethos Day - Blackpool School

On Friday 11th March, the Ethos team along with Miss Dorrington travelled to Blackpool School for a Federation Ethos Day. The children enjoyed three Easter activities whilst learning about the Easter Story.  The children designed an Easter biscuit for some one of their choice, made an Easter garden pot plant for the  group to bring back to their school and were lucky with the weather to be able to enjoy a walk in the woods. Here they were able to think about the characteristics of 'King Jesus' and the journey Jesus went on leading up to Easter. They learnt about why Jesus was given the crown of thorns and why Jesus was crucified, to pay for the sins we make each day. The children wrote a prayer each for a characteristic they did not like about themselves. Some examples from our Ethos Team were:


Dear God, I am sorry when I get cross, please help me to always be calm, Amen

Dear God, I am sorry when I am selfish towards my little brother, please help me to be kind and share with him, Amen


The children also were able to think about how we use Easter eggs to help remind us of the Easter story, with the hollowness of the chocolate egg being like the tomb in the garden of Gethsemane and eggs symbolising new life. At the end of the day all of the children who joined us were able to share a piece of the chocolate egg to remind them of the sweetness of Jesus. The day ended with a prayer and a song as well as thanking Mrs McCarthy for all that she has done for the Ethos days. The children said a special prayer for her as she moves on to her new school.


Federation Ethos Day - Chudleigh - October 2015

Harvest Assembly

Our Ethos team led the final prayers of our Harvest Assembly. This year we were lucky to have beautiful sunshine and with repairs taking place in the Church the School playground was the venue for the lovely service. Well done to you all for being respectful whilst leading the prayers of harvest.

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Our Ethos Committee 2015-16

Service at Exeter Cathedral

In March the Ethos team attended a special school service at Exeter Cathedral. The Federation minibus took children from Chudleigh Knighton Primary School and Blackpool School to the event. The children proudly carried the school banner, which is normally displayed in the School Hall, parading it down the aisle during the Service. The service which included schools from all over Devon was centred around the Easter story with a surprise visit from a real life donkey.

Federation Ethos Day - November 2014


On Friday 21st November 2014 our Key Stage 2 Ethos committee members travelled to Aveton Gifford, with Mrs Hall and took part in the Federation Ethos Day. The day was held in St Andrew's Church and focused on activities and worship surrounding this disciple. The children designed prayers for a paper fish that they then decorated with pencils, glitter and tissue paper. During the day, each child was given the opportunity to help make a net out of string and join in some singing in the chapel. There was an exhibition about World War 1 in the chapel area and the children had some time to look at this prior to the day starting. At the end of the day when the children came together in one group the fish were hung on the net. This will become part of a display in the Church to celebrate St Andrew's day which is on 30th November. The children also took part in a Bring and Brag session and talked about our new Prayer Tree and how we use Prayer beads during assembly. The children enjoyed their day with Catriona enjoying writing her prayer on the fish. Ben and Joseph found the net making fascinating but 'quite hard to do'. Bethany enjoyed mixing with the other children and made two new friends on the day. The children were given a present of an advent calendar and candle to present to the school.

Federation Ethos Day - 21st March 2014

On Friday 21st March Chudleigh Knighton Primary School hosted the First Federation Ethos Day. Our school Ethos Committee members, together with children from Blackpool CE Primary, Chudleigh CE Primary, Newton Ferrers CE Primary, Lady Seawards CE Primary and Aveton Gifford CofE Primary Schools joined our classes and took part in different activities as they learned how Easter is celebrated around the world. The children were accompanied by members of staff and clergy from their own school community.


The School Hall came alive with the banging and shaking of many different instruments as each class took it in turns to become a Samba band, led by Mrs Dennis. The children enjoyed making masks and hats in Burrator, they learnt how some countries like Brazil and Germany hold carnivals to celebrate Easter. In Kestor, the children decorated eggs, with Mrs Collins explaining about the Easter traditions in Ukraine. In Belstone, the children made one big picture made up from smaller pictures that they had created with the different symbols that represent Easter. In Haytor a huge celebratory banner was made which will be hung in St Paul’s Church in Chudleigh Knighton.


The day culminated in an Assembly where we were all able to share what we had created and taken part in during the day.

Our School Prayer


Dear Lord,

Please help us to show kindness to each other by helping some-one up who has fallen over.

Help us always be happy, especially when we are all together at school.

Help us to be respectful to each other, to our families and friends. Please help us respect everything around us.

Help us to put our Trust in your love and protection.

Keep us strong as we all work together in our happy team.

Please help us to always be honest and truthful in

everything we do.

Help us all to remember and use our School values every day.


Our Ethos Team Members 2014 -2015

Christingle 2013


Pupils and parents gathered in the school hall collecting their Christingles that had been made earlier in the day. They were led  by members of the school choir singing Christmas carols to St Paul's church which was decorated with an array of stunning Christmas trees. The trees were part of a Tree Festival and had been decorated by different members of the local community including the children of Chudleigh Knighton Primary School. The service was led by Reverend Wimsett with the school ethos team including Adriana, Jack, Amie, Theo, Abbie and Nathan reciting a special Chrstingle prayer. The Ethos chairperson Nathan delivered a selected reading from the bible. A fantastic piece of artwork had also been produced, symbolising the key aspects of Christingle created by Belstone pupils Lily- Mae and Alice. Furthermore there was a stunning solo performance by Bethany Bartlett who sang 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' in front of the school community. At the end of the service the congregation were invited to return to the school for a warm cup of tea and mince pie which was organised by local parishioner Mrs Helen Fewings and helpers. Donations collected at the service were attributed to the Children's Society Charitable Trust.


Ethos visit

Members of the school Ethos team visited Chudleigh Church where they were met by local community member Michelle Willis, who was exhibiting a collection of artwork and crafts she had created. Michelle who is profoundly deaf and partially sighted is supported by the charity ‘Sense’ and was able to spend time with the Ethos team and share her experiences of making the different pieces of artwork. This was then communicated to the whole school with the Ethos Team presenting a slideshow of images and paintings detailing examples of Michelle’s work. Michelle and her key worker are regular attendees at our Learning Exchange afternoons and the children were thrilled to be able to see her work being displayed. 'I loved the apple tree poem' explained Alice, 'she's really inspired me with my artwork.

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Our Ethos Team 2013-2014

Exeter Cathedral Day 2012

The First Federation Cathedral day involved a range of pupils from each school travelling to Exeter and visiting the historic Exeter Cathedral site.

Chudleigh Knighton pupils along with other children from the First Federation took part in a guided tour learning all about the building and art's place within. This was then followed by a range of artistic workshops such as brass rubbing, story telling and prayer bracelet making.

A service was led by Reverend Paul Wimsett who focused on how the First Federation forms a far reaching religious community sharing a range of Christian values which help guide us throughout our daily lives.

Pippa-Jade Wotton a year 6 Ethos member gave a reading during the service commenting on how The First Federation is as an outstanding religious community formed by outstanding religious schools such as Chudleigh Knighton Primary School.




Ethos Day 2012


The ethos team visited Chudleigh Church meeting other schools' teams within the First Federation to share and discuss ideas by which they could promote the values of their school. A fantastic day where our pupils made new friends and enjoyed participating in a number of activities ranging from story telling to creating stained glass window patterns and designs. The children wrote their own prayers which were displayed together with the artwork that had been created.

Ethos Day 2012 - Chudleigh Church