Our Christian Distinctiveness
The Harris Values are embedded within Christian Values, and here, you will see how each value links to a Bible passage. It is these values which we seek to foster within each individual.
H - Harmonious: "Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly, do not claim to be wiser than you are.” Romans 12:16-18
A - Aspirational: “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4
R - Responsible: “Take action, for it is your duty, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Ezra 10:4
R - Respectful: “In everything do to others and you would have them do unto you.” Matthew 7:12
I - Inspirational: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God. For God all things are possible.’” Mark 10:27
S - Sociable: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
We thank you for our school and its motto, and pray that our values will have impact on our lives; we pray all would be Harmonious, Aspirational, Responsible, Respectful, Inspirational and Sociable so to make our school a place of peace and tranquility for better education for us and for future generations of Harris Church of England Academy.
Please help us each day to do good to all, in word and deed. May every member of staff and all pupils do well in all the ways they can. This we ask in the name of God that is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I am the new school Chaplain, my name is Helen Bryant.
Chaplaincy is a particular form of ministry, a particular vocation, a calling to serve in a particular religious role. My ministry, my calling is my way of living out my Christian faith. As the Chaplain of the Harris, I believe the aim of Chaplaincy is to be able to walk alongside everyone within this community, students and staff. I am here to listen to your stories, to answer your questions and answer them if I can and if I can’t help us find a way together.
I’m here for you to tell me your worries, to celebrate your successes. I’m here to pray with and for you if that is something you’d like me to do.
At the Harris Chaplaincy you will find an inclusive, warm welcome should you wish to come and find it.
Harris Chaplaincy Reps
Each tutor group has at least one Chaplaincy Rep.
Help to maintain a Sacred Space in each form room
Sacred Space can have all or some of the following:
A bible verse, either chosen by Reps or by yourself (I have a number which you could choose from)
The school prayer and a prayer of your choice
A cross (either a paper one or a solid one)
Figure from Christian History or modern day theologian/Pope with a suitable quote which you think will give inspiration to anyone who walks in the room
Taking an active role in Tutor Time Collective Worship
Using the cross/candle to help the Tutor create an atmosphere of worship
Leading/reading during TTCW
Meeting with the Chaplain to go through the presentation (either Monday or Thursday lunchtime)
Being involved in Whole School Collective Worship
Delivering the reading
Helping to carry in the cross
Leading the whole school in prayer
Suggesting themes for the future: being involved in the planning and helping to shape Collective Worship at Harris
Collective Worship is an integral part of the spiritual and religious life at the Harris. It is hoped that through both tutor time worship and whole school collective worship, students and staff will be given the opportunity to develop their own inner spiritual life as well as developing the corporate spiritual religious life of the school.
Collective Worship happens on a Friday afternoon, and it is hoped that students and staff are sent out from their week into their weekend with a sense of peace and calm. Currently Whole School Collective Worship happens remotely with students taking part remotely from their form rooms. We are all looking forward to the day when the school can gather as a whole and worship together. Whole School Collective Worship (WSCW) follows the Church of England weekly lectionary (readings heard in church each week) and develops the links with the termly theme of People of Faith but it will also be reactive to national and global situations as well as incorporating key events within our calendar, such as Remembrance Day. . There are opportunities for silence, reflection and to be moved by art or music.
Tutor Time Collective Worship happens on a Thursday. This term the theme is following the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 23:5) and each week there is focus on each of the Fruits of the Spirit in turn. There is a chance for discussion, and for prayer as well as for student involvement in leading the worship and reading both Bible passages and prayers.
Here at Harris we are extremely lucky to have a Chapel. It is a place where all are welcome for quiet reflection. Staff prayer sessions are held here and small groups meet too for prayer and reflection.