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‘Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path’ Psalm 119. 105
Taking God’s word as our compass, we hope children develop ethics of excellence, becoming the best they can be while embracing new opportunities.
Our school is a learning community welcoming and celebrating diversity and personality. We create a curriculum which enables children to flourish holistically. Our days are designed to be tapestries of stillness, energy, ambition, challenge, reflection and fun!
Maximising our glorious surroundings, we seek to find learning indoors and outdoors revelling in the world God provided. Young leaders are nurtured, becoming the change they hope to see, using their voice, energies, gifts and talents to be a positive difference.
Foundations in the Scriptures
'Rooted in Faith' opens our school Mission Statement which represents our clear, distinctive Christian foundations therefore our school Bible Verse captures this. We have chosen Psalm 119 105 as it illustrates that we use the Bible as guidance, as teaching and as our compass. We often make reference to 'What would Jesus do?' in our decision making, when reviewing choices and offering advice.
The psalm can be spotted around the school so it is a familiar point of reference which can be used by children and adults alike.
Where our Mission Statement came from
We have recently reviewed our Mission Statement and spent over a year discussing this with all our stakeholders. We invited Liz Agbettoh from Blackburn Diocese to facilitate discussion with teachers, support staff and governors. This resulted in a plethora of key ideas.
The headteacher and assistant headteacher then led a pupil focused session - we had all year 2, all year 6 and all members of each school council. The children had strong ideas but luckily there were many common elements that were also shared at the staff and governor session.
We then sent out a parent survey and received 186 returns which guided our pathway.
After much thinking aloud, shuffling huge sheets of paper, grouping and sorting, our main ideas were becoming clear.
We wanted something we could all remember, which we could all own and find ways of keeping it alive in our school.
A rhyming Mission Statement with actions was created.
All our children, all ages, all abilities, all cultures know this inside out and we re-enact it together every single school day.
Children spotted living out our Mission Statement may be chosen to add their names to each class's Mission in Action box. During Celebration Praise we draw out one from each class to choose a small prize and to join the headteacher for hot chocolate (including whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate fingers), we chat, talk about the week we have had, the weekend to come and celebrate being spotted going 'above and beyond.' A favourite time of the week!
Each half-term, we explore one Christian Value in depth. Having started the school year with a study of perseverance, a value which has been greatly needed throughout all our lives this year we now look forward by exploring the Christian Value of Hope.
Through art work, poetry, story, people, song, prayer, community and direct Bible teaching we hope to gain a stronger sense of hope - we look forward, we retain appreciation and value for all we do have, we consider what is most important and present and we look forward to Advent and Christmas as a time to remind ourselves about the coming of Jesus.
Each value, we invite parents to support this teaching at home through discussion and activity, even participating in our Home Value Challenge.
The value is developed within class through their own Reflection Areas and Class Collective Worship.
Our Lighthouse Group bring together our Collective Worship experiences which can be seen on our Reflection Wall in the school hall.
|DATE - Autumn 2020||EVENTS TAKING PLACE THIS TERM|
|Collective Worship||Each day|
Harvest Collection for Blackburn Foodbank,
special video created for parents
Special Act of Worship including two minutes of silence
commemorative artwork shared with parents
|Advent Day||A focus day surrounding Advent|
|Reflection Day||A day of rest and reflection to focus on the true meaning of Christmas|
|Christmas Celebrations||Worship, drama, art and song to celebrate Christmas|