The School Day
Our school vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
“Nurturing minds. Fulfilling lives.”
“Neither the sower or the seed change the ground. The ground is what it is. Be the seed that grows on good soil"
We want all our children to know that God is with them and will continue to be throughout their lives. The bible tells us that when we draw close to God he equips us with the fruit of his spirit Galatians 5:22 including Love, Joy, Peace and Kindness. Within a school context we believe Nurturing Minds, Fulfilling Lives expresses our core vision for education and we use the Parable of the seeds to illustrate this. Mark 4:1-20
Philippians 4:8 reminds us “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” this links to our understanding of the importance of developing a positive metacognitive script that helps us to continue to grow through life.
John 10:10b outlines Jesus’ intention for us all to live a life in all its fullness and our curriculum aims to broaden children’s experience and deepen their skills and abilities in order to do this. We recognise that for many life is tough and to experience success sometimes things don’t come easily. We value the importance of forgiveness (both the willingness to forgive and accept forgiveness) yet, at the same time, recognise that it is not a tidy concept; it does not mean forgetting. We look to the Japanese art of kintsugi ("golden joinery"), also known asâ€¯kintsukuroiâ€¯("golden repair"), to model this to our community: it shows us that even our scars can be made beautiful and useful. The image of kintsugi allows us to see forgiveness in a different way. When something is repaired using kintsugi, the “injury” or the cracks do not in any way disappear. If anything, they are highlighted by the lines of gold. The scars become a part of the story of the object, but they are no longer sharp, painful places of damage. Our mistakes and experiences are opportunities to learn and grow: nurturing minds, fulfilling lives. Children are reminded that just like seeds they need to be careful to be rooted in fertile soil if they are to flourish and that they have responsibility to make good choices to support this. As a school we aim to ensure that our school environment is as fertile as possible so that even our most vulnerable pupils are able to flourish.
An extension of our vision are our learning attitudes: Creativity, Spirituality, Responsibility and Aspiration, these further define all that we do.
God is with us on our journey together as we become the best learners we can be, nurture a safe and welcoming school for all, placing worship at the heart of all we do.