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11th November 2022

This week's message from Andrew Teale, Diocesan Director of Education 

War in the Here and Now
Forty years ago, on 2nd April 1982, Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, followed by the invasion of South Georgia the next day. On 5 April, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before making an amphibious assault on the islands. The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with an Argentine surrender on 14 June, returning the islands to British control. In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities.


Memorial from the Camber overlooking Port Stanley 

I was ten years old at the time and remember taking a huge interest in the daily events on the news. Up to that point for me and my generation, wars were something that happened a long time ago. Suddenly, unbelievably, we had one in the here and now. For the first time we had a level of media coverage that meant we could follow events day by day. I can remember the coverage of huge white cruise ship, SS Canberra, being converted to a troop carrier to transport soldiers 17, 000 km from home to fight in the conflict.

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NEW SIAMS Framework

From September 2023 a new SIAMS framework will be used for inspections.  For more information on the changes to find out what this means for your school, please follow the link to more information

This does not include schools who are on the current inspection list for 2022/23. If your school is on this list, please contact the Education Team for specific SIAMS support. 


Forthcoming Diocesan Online Training & Development 

Christian Vision (supporting SIAMS): Collective Worship/Prayer/Spirituality: RE training: Governor training:
Please see our Education Events Page for a full list of our training courses.  An unlimited number of places at the majority of our courses are included for all Partnership Schools. Please do get in touch with the Education Team if you wish to discuss our Partnership Agreement and the support on offer. Details of our Diocesan Partnership Agreement  are available in the link.
New Carbon Zero Video for Schools

The Church of England Education Office's net carbon zero schools' webpage has been updated with their   latest newsletter along with a new video from Alex Green at Let’s Go Zero which is all about the campaign and covers top tips for saving energy in schools. Please do share this video with your school community, it is less than 10mins long and full of useful ideas.

Holmer CE Academy - Christian Aid Award

Pupils at Holmer C of E Academy have been presented with a Bronze Award from Christian Aid’s Global Neighbours Scheme for their global citizenship work.

From recycling, saving energy and using sustainable transport to donating food for local people, pupils and staff at Holmer Academy have been working hard to take their place as global citizens.

Holmer Church of England Primary Academy in Hereford has achieved Bronze Award status in Christian Aid’s Global Neighbours scheme in recognition of its wide-ranging steps to love their global neighbour.

The accreditation scheme celebrates schools that are helping pupils learn about global poverty and the Christian responsibility to tackle it, as well as giving them the tools to play a confident part in creating a fairer world.

Year of Prayer Festival of Light

Don't forget the Festival of Light Service at Hereford Cathedral on Saturday 7th January 2023, at 4.30pm.  Preparations for this include lantern workshops  in the cathedral cloisters on 30th November, 7 & 14 December from 3.45 - 4.45pm.  Please visit the Cathedral's webpage for more information.  Schools wishing to take groups to the service can make their own lanterns in school. 
Farmington Scholarships 2023/24
Applications for the 2022/23 Farmington Scholarships are now open. These are Scholarships available to teachers of religious education and associated subjects in UK secondary, primary, and special needs schools. Headteachers who wish to undertake research into either religious education or values education are also welcome to apply. Click here for information - deadline is 29th January 2023.
Andrew's message continued...
One of the 255 British military personnel who died during the 10 week conflict was Major M Forge, who was a former pupil at Hereford Cathedral School. He was honoured among the fallen from other conflicts by the school, with words and music for remembrance in the Cathedral on Wednesday. He will be honoured again with so many, at 11:00 today with our nation’s two minutes silence.
For many families, in November 2022, war remains in the ‘here and now’. Ukrainian refugees are in many of our schools and many families in our diocese work within the military. Acts of remembrance for these families, may mean a much sharper and fresher grief for someone who has been lost relatively recently. Remembrance reminds us of the uncomfortable truth that, as long as there is conflict, there are others who may not come home.
Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice should not be forgotten, whether it was in Helmand or Goose Green or Juno Beach or at The Somme. Wherever and whenever they fell…we will remember them.
Prayer for the Armed Forces
 Almighty God, stretch forth your mighty arm to strengthen and protect the armed forces: grant that meeting danger with courage and all occasions with discipline and loyalty, they may truly serve the cause of justice and peace; to the honour of your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Armistice Prayer
 Ever-living God
we remember those whom you have gathered
from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace
calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples
and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thoughts and prayers are with the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, who have been the victim of a serious cyber-attack this week. We are grateful for the swift actions of professionals in school and support agencies who have brought expertise and support, including local authority colleagues.
Thank you to headteachers and governors from schools across the diocese, who joined us online at the briefing yesterday. It was good to share some time together online and consider recent events, such as the launch of the new SIAMS inspection framework. We now have about 70% of our CE schools, who have joined the diocesan partnership this year, but it is not too late to do so. Given all the changes, there will be a significant amount of new training needed in the Spring and Summer.
Thank you for all you are doing. Blessings for a restful weekend and for the week ahead in our schools as we count down to advent and the start of a new church year.

Canon Andrew Teale
Diocesan Director of Education

For further information and updates from the wider Diocese please see the regular bulletins issued by the central communications team.

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