Balshaw’s Christian Ethos
Balshaw’s Church of England High School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England High School and we are proud of our Christian ethos. This has often been commented on by our visitors, as it permeates all that we say and do. The bedrock of this is based on the Gospel Values which underpin our Pastoral System, worship and curriculum.
Governors meetings all begin with a prayer and the school day via briefing starts with a prayer for the day. The school prayer is:
We ask for your blessing on all who teach and work at the school and all those who learn.
Help us to be guided by your spirit and ever mindful of the part we play in your world.
Help us to be responsible and react kindly towards each other and all we meet.
As we go out into your world, help us to take the standards of our school, remembering past students and all who have been associated with Balshaw’s.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Christian Year
The major festivals of the Christian Year are celebrated both as a school within assemblies and in the form of voluntary communions where a small number of governors, staff and friends of the school meet together. There are Carol Services held at St Andrew’s Church.
Balshaw’s also has strong connections with the other worship centres in Leyland, particularly St Ambrose Church and Leyland Methodist Church. All local clergy come in to lead our collective worship and also our Communions.
Worship, Faith and Christian Distinctiveness Co-ordinator
We are delighted to announce that Tom Wright will be joining us in November 2017 as our Worship, Faith and Distinctiveness Co-ordinator.
Tom will work with school staff and especially the Headteacher and the Head of RE to ensure the religious and spiritual ethos of the school is actively celebrated and promoted. He will work with staff and students and their families to ensure the pastoral needs of the school are met and links are made between the school, parish and home. Tom will be a key person to continue our already strong and positive relationships with local churches and work with Diocesan Youth Leaders and Chaplains in professional development and foster links with faith leaders at other Diocesan Schools. He will produce the Worship calendar, organise clergy and speakers to deliver Acts of Worship and prepare the daily prayers and thoughts.
Memorial Garden Service
This is an annual service that is held on the 1st Monday of Advent in our Memorial Garden. It is a candle lit service where students, staff, parents and governors remember loved ones, particularly those past students and staff from Balshaw’s.
Christian Fellowship is available within the school. There is a staff fellowship that meet on Wednesday mornings at 8.30am. We have a growing Parent Prayer Group who meet on the first Thursday of each month.
FAITH - HOPE - LOVE - PEACE
In our Hall we have banners which represent the Christian gifts of the Spirit. These have been used for outside services at Blackburn Cathedral.
The school has taken part in a number of services at Blackburn Cathedral and has close relationships with the Diocese.
Rev Nicholas Reade visited the school on a number of occasions and Rev Julian Henderson visited the school as a part of his prayer pilgrimage around the Diocese.