Part of the Family


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It’s a real privilege to go into local primary schools every week and be accepted as part of the “family”.

Visiting as often as this means you get to build up a relationship with the staff and pupils over time – you start to recognise individuals in that sea of faces in front of you, and they smile and wave encouragement (or they just sit beautifully with their arms folded and their backs really straight just so that you will notice and smile back). Sometimes, a child will break out of line on their way past and say something like “I do like your assemblies” or “Hello”. I always come out of schools happier than before I went in. It feels worthwhile to be there and part of their day.

“I do like your assemblies” 

In my area of North Lambeth things are changing very fast. New buildings are under construction, high blocks are being built right next to school playgrounds - expensive high-rise flats way beyond the financial reach of the families in my schools.

 Money and affluence are much in evidence here, at the same time as schools are struggling with problems of inner-city life: increasing mobility of school population, lack of English as a first language; and teachers constantly moving to other areas as the price of buying, or even renting here, becomes out of their reach. Spinnaker is a constant in all of this. Frequent visits. Thinking time. Being with God time.

Interacting with pupils makes me reflect too. I’m moved by schools being generous towards me. “We don’t need to introduce you, Judith”, said one Head Teacher recently, “You’re part of our family here,” (and this after the school had offered me tea and toast as I walked in during breakfast club). 

"I find that schools never hurry Spinnaker Assemblies"

Pressure of curriculum is always there, but I find that schools never hurry Spinnaker Assemblies. They allow the children time to reflect on the deeper things in life. Thinking about and spending time with God is considered very worthwhile. And that makes me happy!

by Judith Rust, April 2017