Stepping out of the boat at St. Paul's, Swanley

First published on: 6th February 2019

Pupils at St. Paul’s Church of England School in Swanley have been pushing the boat out this month.

With the help of their artist in residence, Sue Salter, they explored and visualised the story of Peter walking on the water, found in Matthew 14.

Sue has been working with the school since September 2018 and has help create a number of pieces of art across the school including the schools' values banners. 

‘Stepping out of the boat’ is a theme the children are encountering throughout this term as Head Teacher, Ben Hulme, explains:

“Our vision at school is for all children to live ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10) and by stepping out of the boat like Peter did, we can encourage them to push outside of their comfort zone and show courage and perseverance across all aspects of life.”

In fact, parent’s couldn’t have helped but notice a small rowing boat moored in the school quad – another practical way the children are being encouraged to ‘step out of the boat.’  

The school’s Community Councillors helped plan the picture and some of the children in KS2 worked with Sue to paint and finish it. It is now proudly on display in the school hall for everyone to see.

"One of our values is  the word 'expressive' and we see Art as a good way in which to demonstrate this." explains Ben, "Showing our Christian Vision and Values through Art is an important aspect of school life and living Life in all its fullness."

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