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Christian Distinctiveness

Our school community will be a place of enjoyment, respect and hope, where courage is valued and skills developed for all to thrive in a diverse world; growing in strength, wisdom and faith.

 

Our School Values have been defined in consultation with children, parents, staff and governors at St Paul's.  They have been chosen as umbrella terms and encompass a range of principles and shared beliefs which are explored through collective worship, class activities, PSHE lessons and beyond.  These values are evident in these areas but not least in the way that all of us interact in school.

 

Our School Values are:

 

COURAGE

RESPECT

HOPE

ENJOYMENT

FAMILY/UNITY/COMMUNITY

 

These values are based on Christian values but are wholly inclusive of those of different faiths and none. Children are taught not just to tolerate, but to celebrate diversity and difference in school and in wider society.

Christian Values, rooted in the teachings of the Bible

 

These are examples of Bible stories that have been used to exemplify the School Values:

 

Courage - The life story of St Paul, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Joshua and the Spies, Esther

Respect - The Ten Commandments, Paul's letters, Jesus in the Temple, Zaccheus, Jesus' New Commandment

Enjoyment - The Fruits of the Spirit, Wedding at Cana, Feeding of the Five Thousand

Hope - Gideon, The Good Shepherd, The Parable of the Sower, Blind Bartemeaus

Family & Community - Onesimus the Slave, Nehemiah, David and Jonathan, Jesus and his disciples, The Good Samaritan

Places for Reflection

Places for Reflection 1 The Quiet Garden, recently refurbished by our PTA
Places for Reflection 2 The Oasis, a place for reflection and support

Pray Days

Pray Days 1 Children receive a reminder of the experience
Pray Days 2 Props and artefacts are used to explain & describe
Pray Days 3
Pray Days 4 Roxy helps the children express their own feelings

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Feedback

Parent Survey Results Summer 2019 - Christian Values

 

The vast majority of parents believed that St Paul’s School promotes strong Christian values and ethos in the students.

Many parents chose to write comments about what their view of the school’s Christian ethos is, and areas such as: respect, Christian values, kindness, tolerance and hope, the Church and school links and the opportunity for the children to have prayer space seemed to be some of the key aspects that parents most appreciated.

For children's views, see School Council minutes

Collective Worship Policy

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