Our Christian Values
At Rawthorpe St James CE(VC) Infant & Nursery School, our school family, including children, parents, staff and governors, have reflected upon and selected four core values to live and work by. These are RESPECT, LOVE, TRUST & COMPASSION. Our Core Values have been chosen to enhance and bring meaning to our vision and our motto that at our school we LEARN TOGETHER IN GOD’S LOVE, and to help ensure that all members of our school family flourish and develop on their own personal spiritual journey.
As a welcoming and inclusive Church of England school, we believe that everyone is loved by God and we strive to ensure that our vision and values are lived so that every member of our school family can develop and grow to be the best that they can be in all aspects of their lives.
This is led by our vision statement:
OUR VISION STATEMENT
We strive to provide the children at St James Infant and Nursery School with an outstanding opportunity to learn in a caring, Christian setting at the heart of our community.
High quality teaching and learning will be at the heart of all we do .Together we will develop a collaborative use of key skills for lifelong learning.
Everyone will be supported and encouraged to thrive and enjoy their learning together in a safe and secure environment guided by our Christian Values.
IN GODS LOVE
Through nurturing confidence and independence together we will sow the seeds that enable everyone to achieve their full potential and harvest their successes in God’s love.
We strive towards our Vision through our Christian Values: Respect, Trust, Love and Compassion.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)
Our Values are considered in depth during collective worship and embedded in all aspects of school life. This aspect of education gives children the language to express themselves. It supports and encourages us to celebrate success, promote high self-esteem and support reflection. This approach is successful because our whole school team are committed to weaving the values into their school day.
In our last SIAMS Inspection we were judged to be 'Outstanding', with the inspector writing, “The school has identified the core Christian values of love, respect, trust and compassion as the foundation of its Christian ethos ‘Success for all – learning together in God’s love’. These values have been introduced consistently and systematically through collective worship, RE and the wider curriculum. Because they are securely embedded within the school all members of the school community have a strong understanding and appreciation of how they relate to daily life. These values and the wider Christian ethos of the school are described as permeating throughout the campus and impacting on the broader community”
Collective worship is based around a programme of 12 Christian values (including our 4 core values). These are promoted throughout the school environment. As a school, we have whole school collective worship four days a week and a class worship once a week where our values are reflected upon and celebrated. As well as our acts of daily worship, there are termly opportunities to worship together in St James Church, and the school community are very welcome to join us for these special services. Every Friday, we also hold a Celebration service where we celebrate special events and achievements during our school week and also recognise children’s acts of kindness. Children are also invited to bring certificates from outside school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievements together.
During our busy school day we all need time to stop and reflect now and then. Jesus showed us the importance of retreating from the busyness of the world. In Mark 1:35, we read about Jesus getting up early in the morning and going to find a place where he could pray alone. We offer lots of opportunities within school for reflection through; whole school collective worship in the hall, areas set aside in the classrooms, our interactive area in the school entrance and our reflection garden in the playground.
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If you would like to share and discuss our current value at home; here is a copy of our latest value newsletter: