Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
School Proverb Plaque
Those are wise words from the Bible that highlight St Andrew’s school’s foundation in the Christian faith. This is evident from our name, our location beside the village church and even within the mortar of our historic building such as the plaque opposite.
Within our school our Christian foundation is made evident through regular Collective Worship (CW) that follows the published scheme Roots and Fruits, by emphasising Understanding Christianity in Religious Education (RE); having special visits to the parish church (Harvest, Christmas, Easter, etc); welcoming guest speakers from the village church and chapel, and by displaying and making reference to our Christian values in the general life of the school. A new value is explored each term with children being encouraged to demonstrate the value in their behaviours.
We also have a spiritual reflection garden on site. This is accessible to the children throughout the day as a place of quiet, reflection, prayer, pondering, or stillness amidst the business of life. While it is impossible to provide an exhaustive list of our Christian values, we follow those recommended by the Diocese of Gloucestershire (and which are explored in Roots and Fruits).
This year we are focusing on 6 values:
- Thankfulness: giving thanks to God for His many blessings (James 1:17; Eph 5:20)
- Trust: firm belief that God or a person is reliable and will not let you down (Ps 37:5; Prov 3:5)
- Perseverance: persistence in doing something despite challenge, whilst waiting on the Lord (Isa 40:28–31; Ro 5:3; Ja 1:2–4)
- Justice: acting uprightly and seeking right treatment for others (Prov 21:15; Amos 5:24; Mic 6:8)
- Service: helping others even when it costs you (Mt 7:12; Phil 2:7; 1 Pet 4:10)
- Truthfulness: seeking the truth, speaking the truth, and living by the truth (Jn 8:32; Ex 22:16; Jn 3:21)
Other values include:
St Andrew’s Church