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Church School Values

“As Jesus is the light of the world, we shine to show His light and love.”

 

Our mission at Boston St Nicholas CE primary school, with Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart, is to develop joyful young people with enquiring minds; to develop young people with a spirit of curiosity, respect for themselves, others and the environment; to develop young people who are honest and kind so that they will have the skills and resilience to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

 

The bible verse that sets our vision statement in context comes from Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV):

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

It is this flourishing in the love, light and grace of God that will enable our children to be wise, hopeful and live well together with dignity and respect in God’s world.

 

Within the love of God, at Boston St Nicholas Primary School we serve our unique community by placing children at the heart of all that we do. Our six distinctive Christian values of Love, Trust, Forgiveness, Responsibility, Peace and Justice encourage everybody within our community to ‘let their light shine’ and fulfil their unique potential. It is our core belief that when these values are seen within our daily lives, the community will shine at its brightest because we know we are following the commandment from Jesus to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31).

 

The work of our school is an expression of the love & light of God in the community. Our aim is that these values are both implicit and explicit and shine throughout the life of the school and the communities in which our children live

We do this by:

  • being generous and visible people of Jesus Christ, helping our local community to discover together the transforming presence of God in our lives

  • striving to provide and maintain for our pupils an education that provides opportunities so that they can explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

  • promoting the Fundamental British Values of Democracy: The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

 

 

 

Our aims:

Our children will:

  • understand how to lead a healthy life, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually

  • understand how to keep themselves and others safe

  • through their enjoyment of school life, confidently explore the world and fulfil their potential

  • become caring members of the school and the wider community, with a positive attitude towards learning

  • acquire the key skills of communication, literacy and numeracy that will enable them to adapt to a changing society.

  • have fun!

The school community believes in:

  • The value of a happy, safe and secure environment in which children feel comfortable in their learning.

  • The value of mutual respect for others' beliefs, opinions, actions and authority, demonstrated through the courteous, tolerant and considerate behaviour of all.

  • The value of a learning environment where all are excited, where change and challenge are evident, and all are prepared to take risks and are unafraid to pursue ambitious goals.

  • The value of realising and celebrating everyone's talents in order to develop high self-esteem in all.

  • The value of honesty and trust where individuals are reflective and self-knowing, feel able to express themselves freely but with respect and share their feelings and emotions with confidence.

  • The value of pride in achievement and a positive sense of belonging to a church school which aims for individual and collective excellence in all aspects of school life.

  • The value of the fulfilment of our Christian beliefs which are embedded in all we do.

     

This is explored through seven strands:

• Vision and Leadership

• Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills

• Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy

• Community and Living Well Together

• Dignity and Respect

• The impact of collective worship

• The effectiveness of religious education

Collective Worship is central to our school day and to the development of our school as a family.  Worship commences at 8:55am and concludes: 9:10am.

 

In Worship, we agree to:

  • Begin in a reverential way (silence, a song, reflective images on show)
  • Have a visual and audio stimulus for the children to arrive into the hall which sets a worshipful, prayerful, collective, reflective tone
  • Begin with the procession of the candle and crucifix by 2 children from a different class each day. The CW Leader should then light the candle with the usual acclamation, “Jesus is the light of the world”, so that worship can begin.
  • Have a visual resource that children can interact with for the altar
  • Include Praise (worship through song)
  • Follow this structure: Introduction – Text (Bible or story) - Development – Reflection/ Prayer
  • End with the candle being blown out and a parting message which links to the worship shared, ie: “We go out in …”
  • Have children as active participants.
  • Include opportunities for prayer/ reflection to be delivered by children in a range of different languages.
  • Make reference/ links to other world religions and days of National/ International significance where appropriate
  • Be responsive/ sensitive to world events as appropriate
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