Light under a bowl

Matthew 5 v 14-16


14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’


We want to shine as lights, not just in our school but further afield in our families and communities. Many of us have talents and gifts that we can use for the benefit our communities, so we should share them and serve one another. Hopefully our words and actions would have a positive effect on those around us and will encourage and strengthen our community as well as to draw others

Comments from our children and staff about the value of community

Community is important because you can work together and help each other. Being part of a community makes the world a better place to be. 


I think community is based on friendship and is about caring for one another.


 Flourishing is important because it actually helps our community to grow, to become stronger and healthier. When we flourish, we are able to live out our school values even better.


Mr Saunders leads our community but everyone is equal and precious to God.


It feels good working as a community:  everyone in school works together well as a team. TA


I have thoroughly enjoyed my teaching placement here at Herne as I’ve felt really welcomed and part of the team in Y4 from day 1. PGCE Student




Children's prayers on the value of Community

Father God,

We thank you for the joy of friendship that holds us together as a community. Please help us to not hide our talents but to share them so that everyone benefits. May we each shine as bright as the summer’s sun that brings love and joy. Amen.


Our Father in Heaven,

Thank you for our school community and all the adults and children that are part of it. Help us to work together as a big family to build a happy and strong community. May we be kind and treat others as we would like to be treated. Help us to care for others and share God’s love with everyone we meet. Amen.


Heavenly Father,

Please bless our school community and help us achieve the best we can, in everything we do.

Let peace fill our hearts so that all can thrive. May joy overflow in our worship and daily life. Guide us with hope-through the good and bad.

Help us to love one another so that we can grow in God’s understanding and care. We ask this in the name of the Lord Almighty.  Amen.


Dear God,

Please bless Herne Junior School and help us to be a thriving, joyful community that cares and loves one another.

Guide us with the help of the Holy Spirit to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.  Fill our community with peace, forgiveness, generosity and joy every day. Amen.





Welcome to Herne C.E. (Aided) Junior School - Our vision is: a thriving, aspirational community rooted in God's love.
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