St. John's School Christian Vision Statement
St. John’s Church of England Primary School has a Christian vision for education rooted in wisdom, hope, community and dignity. It is a community where all are welcome and nurtured in a spirit of Christian love, compassion and encouragement.
It is a place which enables everyone in the school community to develop and experience ‘life in all its fullness’ knowing they are unique and special in God’s eyes.
The Christian vision strives for all to realise true potential through an excellent, broad education where Christian hope, aspiration and building resilience for the future are central to the learning experience.
The school’s vision is rooted in Christian love which is the foundation of our Christian values:
Christian values are at the heart of all we do. They underpin teaching and learning and every aspect of daily life in school.
The school's core Christian values are love, respect, courage, compassion, friendship, trust and perseverance. These are explored through the context of Christian belief and practice.
The values are displayed in every classroom and corridor and they help to guide the whole school community.
Love is patient, love is kind.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is at the heart of the Christian faith. The love of God is boundless and never fails. Jesus tells us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Sharing God's love with everyone is very important in our daily lives.
Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.
Showing respect for others is essential in our daily lives. It means being aware of and understanding differences in religion, race, age, gender, opinions and beliefs. Everyone is unique and precious to God and therefore deserves to be treated with respect at all times.
Stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16: 13-14
Courage helps us to stand up for the things which we know are right. At St. John's, children are encouraged to be strong and to persevere when facing difficulties or challenges. Faith in God helps us to be courageous and strong.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but enjoy the company of the lowly.
Jesus teaches us the true meaning of compassion. It involves understanding and sharing in the suffering of others and then doing our best to help to transform the world. Jesus showed great kindness and mercy for everyone he met.
A friend loves at all times.
True friendship is precious and enables everyone to grow as a person and live in harmony with others. Friendship ensures that the unique qualities we have are valued by those around us. Jesus was a true friend to everyone. He was often criticised because he made friends with people who were rejected by society. At St. John's, friendship is at the centre of the school community.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.
Trust is essential in human life and it is at the heart of our relationships with one another and with God. We are able to live in harmony when we know that we can trust those around us. At St. John's, children know that they can trust in and take inspiration from the teaching of Jesus because it guides them and helps them day by day.
Happy the person who stands firm when difficulties come.
Perseverance is a very important character trait. It helps us to be successful in life by showing determination to work hard even when things seem difficult. At St. John's, children are encouraged to do their best and have confidence in themselves.