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Ethos Statement and Values

 

Our vision is to create an innovative and flexible school that can confidently meet the needs of our ever changing and diverse communities. We will achieve this through the inspiration of children in God's world. In doing so we aim to take risks, to enable learning to be active and based through enquiry. In following this vision we will foster enjoyment, set high expectations and standards and through working together we will truly grow together.

 

The attached documents are extracts from the school's Ethos Document and state what this means, how it is demonstrated and how it is incorporated in the daily life of the school. The Ethos Document is reviewed through an Ethos committee with amendments and recommendations made for incorporation in the School Development Plan

To view the full Ethos Document please ask at the school office.

Values at St Andrew’s - 2016-17
Term 3 - Generosity

 
We continue to work closely with Rev. Matthew Thompson to develop our assemblies. Part of this involves a values-driven approach linked to our school aims.
 
We are focussing on a different value each term and our value for next term is Generosity. This will complement our SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) theme which is focussed on Going for Goals.
 
We will be looking at the concept of generosity – God’s generosity is best described as ‘grace’, love given freely without limit or conditions. Once we experience generosity it releases a generous spirit towards others. It is a bit like passing on a smile. It is infectious!
 
We will be looking at different concepts of generosity. It is not just a matter of giving things but also being generous of spirit and understanding. As part of this work we would like to extend the value beyond school and into the community. Earlier this year the community of Congresbury carried out acts of kindness. We would like to think that this valuable piece of work in continuing.
 
For our entrance ‘Values and Ethos display we would like to display examples of generosity. We know that lots of you support charities and carry out acts of kindness. Please can you work with your child on producing a ‘Generosity’ poster for our display. This could be an activity completed over the Christmas holiday. As Christmas is a time of giving and generosity it would be a valuable time to discuss the concept with your child and extended family.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Yvonne Greenwood
Deputy Head Teacher


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Dear Parent/Carer

 

Values at St Andrew’s - 2015-2016

Term 3

Service

 
We continue to work closely with Rev. Matthew Thompson and the governors to develop our assemblies. Part of this involves a values-driven approach.
 
We are focussing on a different value each term and our value for this term is Service. This will complement our SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) theme which is focussed on Going for Goals.
 
We will be looking at the concept of service – working for others. This could be serving our school community, our village community, our friends and families, our Queen and country or overseas. One of the great commandments is to ‘Love our neighbour as our self’ and so we should be ready to serve others at all times.
 
The board in the Entrance Hall will depict our thoughts on this matter.
 
We would like your child to contribute to the display by using the medals sent home to show how they have been of service. This could be at home, in the community, as a member of an association such as Brownies/Cubs etc. We look forward to receiving as many contributions as possible.
 
Yours sincerely
Yvonne Greenwood

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Dear Parent/Carer

 

Values at St Andrew’s

Term 2
Justice

 
We continue to work closely with Rev. Matthew Thompson and the governors to develop our assemblies. Part of this involves a values-driven approach. Last term our theme was “Responsibility”.
 
We are focussing on a different value each term and our value for this term is Justice. This will complement our SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) theme which is focussed on Getting on and Falling Out.
 
We will be looking at the concept of justice – understanding the need to be fair, taking care of and responsibility for each other. Simply blaming others for things that go wrong does not solve problems. We live in a world where people are quick to blame but St Andrew’s wants the children to learn to work for problem resolution through justice and to understand the impact of organisations like Fairtrade and Amnesty International etc which work for global justice.

In school we use a system called Restorative Justice to try to resolve conflict and fall out between the children. Perhaps your child can tell you a bit about this. We will also be talking about justice through our work on British Values.

Our Values display will focus on the charities that we are supporting this term. If your family are supporting a charity please share this with us by making a poster to explain what you are doing.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely
Yvonne Greenwood

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Dear Parent/Carer,


Values at St Andrew’s
Term 6
Wisdom

 
We continue to work closely with Rev. Matthew Thompson and the governors to develop our assemblies. Part of this involves a values-driven approach. Last term our theme was “Peace”.
 
We are focussing on a different value each term and our value for this term is Wisdom. This will complement our SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) theme which is focussed on Changes.
 
We will be looking at the concept of wisdom and the difference between being wise and being clever. Life is not just about being clever, thinking you know best and always trying to outsmart others. Wisdom goes much deeper.
 
“Wisdom is the tree of life to all who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.” St Andrew’s wants all the children to be wise!
 
The board in the Entrance Hall will depict our thoughts on this matter.
 
This will be the last Christian value that we will be focussing on this year. We will start again with a new theme in September and look forward to continuing to work with you on in the future.
 
Yours sincerely
Yvonne Greenwood
Deputy Headteacher
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