St Mary the Virgin Payhembury
Our village church is situated in the centre of the village and
within 200 metres of the school. The church and the school are closely
linked, school attend a weekly Collective Worship on a Thursday morning
lead by the local vicar, who is also part of the clergy team for the
local Otter Vale Mission Community.
Members of the church community and parents occasionally attend this service.
Members of the church community also support the school in a variety of ways.
The vicar, Reverend David , leads regular church services for the school. The school attend special Prayer Spaces Days both at our church and also St Mary's Ottery. Children regularly provide readers and prayers for our Sunday services as well as organising special services for major festivals.
Many of the children attend BBC youth group run by the local vicar and supporters. BBC and friends on a Retreat Day at Lyme Regis The PCC has a close relationship with the school, members of the PCC have served and still serve as members of the Governing Body.
The children feel very much that St Mary the Virgin is their church and are keen to provide additional resources for the church and the church community is very keen to support what they really feel is their school.
Members of the church also provide occasional additional activities in the parish hall e.g. light party, Christmas extravaganza Easter activity day etc.
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Friends of Payhembury School --
FOPS is made up of all those parents and carers connected with school
and is organised through a committee made up of parents/carers.
The committee makes decisions about the events and takes care of the formal aspects but rely on everyone else to get involved. We are extremely lucky to have such a great team at Payhembury and all the parents/carers and children are always willing to get stuck in and help out.
Some of our regular events include the Christmas Fair, May Day Fair, ice cream sales after school, wild area working days (with lots of yummy cake) and helping out generally with school as and when we are needed.
Through fundraising events FOPS raise money for fantastic school trips as well as things like the outdoor shelter, scooters, bike racks, welly racks, new outdoor play area and much more. We also organise social events for parents/carers and children throughout the year.
As the school continues to thrive there are more and more people willing and able to help and in doing so make FOPS a successful and fun group to be part of.
We look forward to welcoming you to our amazing school and to FOPs. October Update