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Pop Connection
Dr. Peter Blunsdon - Headteacher
What has been the best thing about St John's CE
VC Primary School involvement with Pop
Connection?
It would be difficult to pick out one aspect
of the visit of PC as the 'best thing'. The
whole experience was wonderful. It was
great to see the engagement of so many
lads. The two evenings in church were
really special. Emma's incredible energy.
The informal singing of the songs around
school, including on the playground. The
engagement of some families that we
rarely see.... All of these, and much more,
made the experience a wonderful one.
Has the schools' involvement thrown up any
surprises/unexpected outcomes?
Perhaps the most
unexpected outcomes are
referred to above: the
impact on the boys and the
engagement of some
unexpected families.
In what ways has the school benefitted from
doing this in partnership with the church?
Working with PP alongside church has helped
develop our burgeoning relationship further.
Regular meetings with Anne our vicar, Kate and
Lois our two foundation governors helped us keep
everything on track. The invaluable help of key
people at the church also assisted in ensuring all
went well. The active participation of the local
scouts group in providing the hot dogs was an
excellent, and not necessarily obvious,
brainwave. Clearly, getting the involvement of all
of our children and their families was marvelous.
The fact that all of our teaching staff, TAs and
numerous governors, as well as many past pupils
and parishioners, attended our two evening
performances, helped reflect that the whole of the
local community had been mobilized.
If a school wasn't sure about embarking on such
a venture what would you say to them?
Without hesitation,
'go for it!'...
It has been hugely
rewarding for us. The
children are already asking
about when we are going
to do it again!
Anne Stratton – Vicar at St Peters church
Would you agree that PC is a good use of church
money and church members' time? Can you say
why or in what ways? Or why not?
Pop Connection is excellent use of Church
time, energy and money. It is a way of
bringing church and school together and to
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school.
What has been the impact that you are aware of
so far on the church, school, parents?
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What would you say to a church thinking of
holding such an event?
I would encourage any church to
work together with their local
school to put this event on. The
rewards of getting to know the
kids and knowing that they are
hearing the Christian message,
not just at the concerts but
afterwards from the CD, is just
fantastic.
Kate Gough - Foundation Governor
What made you decide it was worth persuading
the church to get involved with Pop Connection?
When Peter told us about Pop Connection
we were immediately excited as we were
actively looking for ways to strengthen the
school/church relationship and this
appealed to us. We could see the potential
straight away and loved the idea of young
Christians going in to school, teaching
funky songs and being role models.
What has been the impact on the church and
school partnership?
Around 30 people from church were
involved in the two concerts in various
capacities, mostly stewarding and the
feedback from them has been extremely
positive. They were overwhelmed by the
exuberance of the music and the
message that came across so powerfully
and thrilled to have the church full
almost to capacity. Pop Connection is
being talked about and has given us all a
taste of what can be done.
Is there a key piece of advice you would like to
give to a church which is planning to hold such
an event?
Go for it!!!
You won't regret it!
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