At Nutfield Church Primary School each child is ‘housed’ in a team. Our teams represent the saints of the British Isles and each of these Saints is given a colour. On Friday 23rd April we celebrated St. George’s Day. St. George is not only the patron saint of England, he also holds this position for Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice.
The flag of Saint George – a red cross on a white background – is England’s national flag and is incorporated into the Union Flag.
Very little is actually known about George and there’s a lot of stories about him that are full of myth and legend. It is believed he was born in a place called Cappadocia – an area which is now in Turkey – and he lived during the 3rd Century. His parents were Christians and, after his father died, his mother took George to live in the Middle East, where she was originally from. George became a Roman soldier but protested against how Rome treated Christian people badly. According to a legend, Saint George killed a dragon and saved the lives of many people.
One thing that we do know about St George is that he wasn’t actually English. It is even believed that he may never have stepped foot in the country!
We celebrated St. George’s day with special Collective Worships and children in the St George’s team wore red clothes. Year 4 helped raise the St. George’s flag. Children said a prayer dedicated to St. George and listened to his story.
Heavenly Father, give us the bravery of St George
to stand up for the truth and the glory of God
that we have seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
Give us the strength to overcome
in our lives and in the world,
all that is contrary to your rule of justice and love.
Help us to be good news to the poor,
proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind;
let the oppressed go free, and
proclaim the good news of God’s favour and Jubilee.