Church and School Partnership Award for St Luke's

The Bishop of Warrington, the Rt. Rev Bishop Richard Blackburn, has presented a Church and School Partnership Award to St Luke’s School and St Luke’s Church in Formby.

The Bishop of Warrington, the Rt. Rev Bishop Richard Blackburn, has presented a Church and School Partnership Award to St Luke’s School and St Luke’s Church in Formby.

On the same day, the school also welcomed members of the community of Shyira in Rwanda, with whom the school and church have built up strong links through fundraising.

The Church and School Partnership award is given to schools and churches that can demonstrate a proven record of working together. Schools and churches have been commended for their partnerships in fundraising, shoebox appeals, prayer, use of buildings, music, after school clubs and citizenship projects, amongst other things.

Rev Harvie Nichol from St Luke’s Church said, “This award is the icing in the cake for our working relationships which have continued to develop for many years. The church and school continue to work closely in the community and see the award as recognition of the hard work put in by many people to foster the link. This year over Lent we will be working to put a roof on the children's centre in Shyira Rwanda, a project we have supported together for 11 years.”

Headteacher of St Luke’s Sharon Cowey said, “One of the main examples of the special partnership between St Luke's Church and school is the joint fundraising to support the community of Shyira, Rwanda. This is the focus of the Church-School Lent Appeal each year. Over the years we have helped to build a maternity hospital, a primary school and a children's centre there. We are now trying to develop curriculum links between St Luke's CE Primary School and Shyira Primary School and one of our teachers visited Shyira last month to strengthen this link. Friends from Rwanda were able to join us for Bishop Richard's visit this week, which made the day even more special."

Sharon continued, “Beyond fundraising, church and school share many aspects of prayer and ministry and we also make effective use of each other's buildings. Rev Nicol is very involved in the life of the school, as are other members of the church. Our children feel that participation in worship and involvement in the church help them to understand what is right and wrong and has a big influence on the choices they make. As our last inspection reported: "the school is part of the church and the church part of the school."