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Kirton Primary School Receives Letters
Kirton Primary School has received two letters of congratulations from Government Ministers. The first letter came from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards. He wrote: I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school have made in their reading, writing and mathematics… Your school is amongst the top 2% of schools in England in terms of the progress your pupils make.
The second letter came from the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education. He wrote: I was delighted to read about the school’s achievements and was particularly interested in your Learn and Earn initiative. Extra-curricular activities like this are an excellent way to broaden children’s knowledge and help them develop vital skills in later life.
Learn and Earn Update
Kirton Primary School’s unique Shop and Bank system (Learn and Earn) has been receiving attention, not just locally, but from around the world. The school has appeared on the BBC’s Newsround, Look North and Inside Out programmes, as well as having featured in national and local newspapers and magazines. They have been interviewed by Radio Lincolnshire – and even a radio station in Colombia - and have received visit requests from schools across England. The Welsh Forum also shared the BBC’s video clip with members of the Welsh government.
The school has put a selection of articles and videos on their website under ‘Learn and Earn’ and ‘Recent Successes’ should anyone from the village wish to view them.
Kirton Primary Shortlised At The Tes Schools Awards 2018
The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the state and independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2018 Tes Schools Awards.
It’s been revealed that Kirton Primary School has been shortlisted for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Team of the Year award.
Tes editor Ann Mroz said: It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far – all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement.
The winners will be revealed at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 June 2018
To see the full list of who’s in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit: tesawards.co.uk
The View from the Vicarage
Our parish church of SS Peter & Paul stands proudly at the very heart of our village and yet it is sometimes easy to forget it is there, we almost take it for granted. But it is there and has been for some nine hundred years, serving our community as it still does today. It is the focal point for many village events; not only for Sunday services, but for those Christmas, Harvest and Carol Services when we gather together. It is also there to welcome our parishioners and visitors for some of the most important occasions in our lives - our baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
Because our church is there for us now, we tend to take it for granted and probably assume that it will always be so. Unfortunately, we will only be able to maintain the building in its present condition, continue with our current services and the same level of priestly support if we are able to pay our share of the associated costs.
The monthly cost of maintaining our Church’s presence and ministry in Kirton at present is around £2,420.
Ongoing running costs, including insurance, heating, light, maintenance of worship services, and minor repairs are heavy on a building this size and age, so it should come as no surprise that this equates to £605 per week, that is £86.50 per day and £3.60 every hour.
At present we are not paying our full Parish Share to the Diocese to cover clergy stipend and all the daily back up we receive from the Diocese in terms of legal support, safeguarding and the care of the Church building. If we were to pay our full share this would add another £12,500 per annum to our budget, making the figure of £123.60 per day, that is a staggering £5-15 every hour
SS Peter & Paul is not a wealthy parish church. The Church of England ministry we offer, which is available to the whole community, is funded mainly from the generous giving of the regular congregation, donations from visitors and the annual fund raisers.
We know that many of you support the church in a variety of ways already, for which we are immensely grateful. However, we need to face the reality that the church needs your help to get onto a secure financial footing. Ideally, we need to do this through regular giving to assure the Parochial Church Council of a regular source of income when managing church finances.
We feel we must do all we can to preserve our church for future generations. Some in our wider community share this sentiment and contribute regularly to ensure that our Church continues to serve the whole village. We hope that you might wish to join them by giving a sum, however small, on a regular basis. As your parish priest, I am not asking you to do anything that my wife Maggie and I are not doing ourselves. We give to the Church by Standing order every month, and I ask you to consider the same as part of your support to our ancient village Church.
Our Treasurer, Sally Jordan will be happy to answer any questions that you might have about the church’s financial situation and how you can help. Please feel free to call The Vicarage on 01205 624128 for further details on how you can support our historic Church. All correspondence and discussions will, of course remain confidential. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
As part of our ongoing fund-raising initiative we invite you to join us for the Annual Flower Festival and Patronal Festival. June 29th – July 1st On Friday 29th June we invite you to join us at 7:00pm for a Festival Sung Eucharist & Preview in honour of St Peter & St Paul our patron saints. A visiting choir will be providing the music at this service. Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st Church open 11:00am – 4:00pm and Monday July 1st 12 noon till - 3:00pm. REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE & EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
On July 14th at 7-30pm in Church the Kirton Brass Band are giving a Concert for a Summer Evening followed by a Summer Buffet Supper. Tickets are £10 each with £7 for concessions.
Also watch this space for an Italian Evening in the Town Hall. Great authentic Italian cuisine and entertainment with licensed bar.