Sandringham Federation group of schools is very lucky to be served by none other than the Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, or Father Jonathan to us, who is not only our incumbent and school vicar, but also the Vicar of Her Majesty The Queen at Sandringham.
Father Jonathan visits both our schools weekly to conduct services within the school grounds, and the schools also attend the local churches in the village for family communion services once a half term, in the beautiful villages of Flitcham and West Newton on the Sandringham Estate. We also have wonderful local traditions, where Father Jonathan leads us in celebration of the Christian faith outside. In May, we have the Rogation service in the grounds of the Sandringham Estate, where we learn all about nature, conservation and the seasons. We also celebrate the service of Clypping, for Mothering Sunday, where we literally hug the church, with all children, staff and parents forming a circle around the building to appreciate it, as the centre of our community. On some occasions we have walked through the Sandringham Estate park land to visit the church of Her Majesty, St Mary Magdalene, and Father Jonathan conducts a service of friendship in the church following a wholefederation picnic to kick off the school year in September. Father Jonathan is also an active school governor and leads our Ethos Committee, which creates a much appreciated link between church and school.
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