Christian Distinctiveness

Christian Values and Vision
 
 

Learning together with God’s love

 

Vision

 
1 John 4: 16: 'God is love and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them'.

We aspire to be a happy, confident and caring community where children are motivated to achieve their full potential in a supportive learning environment, underpinned by a strong Christian ethos.

Our Christian Vision into Practice

 

At Holy Trinity CE (A) Primary School, our Christian Ethos underpins all aspects of our school life and community. It is our starting point for educating and nurturing the whole child, giving opportunities for spiritual development. We also strive to encourage children’s moral, social and cultural understanding and enable them to fulfil their academic potential.

Our Collective Worship reflects our Christian Values (rotated half-termly), which are rooted in scripture, linked to real-life, positive role models who encapsulate our values, and celebrate individual and collective achievements. This enables the children to reflect on how the Christian Values are relevant to their lives and how they impact on their personal growth and their relationships with others. This will provide a firm, spiritual foundation to enable them to take their place in a modern, multi-cultural society.

Father Michael, the vicar of Cuckfield’s Holy Trinity Church, is an integral part of our school community, leading Worship in school and in church, as well as guiding our spiritual journey. We are also pleased to welcome regular involvement from the Cuckfield Baptist Church.

Love, care and compassion are embedded in everyday school life and support the positive relationships within our school family. We aim to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in the children, inspired by our wonderful, natural environment and dedicated reflection areas. We are developing opportunities for children to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation, as well as their responsibility for the care for the world.

 

Values  

Here are the Christian values - please also see the attached Powerpoint presentation created by pupils in year 6.

 

Term

Christian Value

Bible Stories

Reflective Quote

Autumn 1

Truthfulness

The Sower-Luke 8

The Burning Bush-Exodus 2-4

Jesus’ Words about  Happiness-Matthew 5

‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.’ 1 John 3:18

‘Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.’ Albert Einstein

Autumn 2

Compassion

David Spares Saul- 1 Samuel 23,24

Jesus Heals a Leper- Luke 5

God’s Love- Romans 8

‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ Ephesians 4:32

‘I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness’ Mother Teresa.

Spring 1

Courage

The Miraculous Crossing – Exodus 14,15

Gabriel visits Mary – Luke 1

The Garden of Gethsemane – Matthew 26/Luke 22

‘Be of good courage and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord’ Psalm 27: 14

‘Being a gymnast means having the strength to hold on and the courage to let go’ Simone Biles

Spring 2

Friendship

Twelve Special friends – Matthew 10/ Mark 3/ Luke 6

Jesus and the Children – Matthew 19/Mark 10/Luke 18

The two sisters –Luke 10

‘A sweet friendship refreshes the soul’ Proverbs 27:9

‘Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t really learned anything’ Muhammad Ali

Summer 1

Creativity

The Creation – Genesis 1,2

The Garden of Eden – Genesis 2

A Flood and a Rainbow  - Genesis 6-9

‘He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers- all of them skilled workers and designers’ Exodus 35:35

‘If you can dream it, you can do it’ Walt Disney

Summer 2

Perseverance

Abraham and Sarah Genesis 11

Moses Sees The Promised Land Numbers 20

God’s Temple 1 Kings 5-8

‘And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith’ Hebrews 12:1-2

‘I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come’ Michael Jordan

 

We asked the children to explain our school values in their words. We believe these values link to Christian Values.

Perseverance - Determination is important and if something is challenging, we need to try, try and try again. Remember to say to yourself “You can’t do or understand something yet, but just keep going and you will, with God’s help!”

Aspiration – We always reach for the stars and aim for our goals.  We challenge ourselves and always aspire to be the very best we can be. A positive attitude makes good things happen for us.

Respect – We treat other people the way we would like to be treated. We respect everyone in our school regardless of who they are and where they have come from. Everyone is included in our school and is an important part of our school.

Teamwork There’s no “I” in a team! If we work together, we can achieve more and more. When we are a whole school team we are like the glue that sticks us together and that makes us stronger.

 

Historically, the school and Holy Trinity Church have been closely associated for many centuries.

The school is designated a Church Aided School, (hence the ‘A’ in its title) which is exemplified by the close and valued connection between the church, school, community and Diocese.

Today, this relationship is developed with pupils in a number of ways:

  • Through regular Worship in the School led by the vicar and members of the local community
  • Attendance and preparation of special services, e.g. Christingle, Harvest, Easter and Leavers
  • Key Stage 2 attendance at celebration of the Eucharist, each term supporting the development of pupils’ and staff knowledge and understanding of Christian traditions
  • Children visiting Holy Trinity Church to learn about places of worship

The Governing Body having a majority of Governors who are appointed by the Church (Holy Trinity or the Diocese)

The relationship with the Church is at the very core of the school, and supports the School’s Christian values and ethos. The Church community provides, without reservation, support for all members of the school community.

Links with the Baptist Church
The school, through the support of the Headteacher and the Governing Body, also has close links with the Baptist Church, who regularly lead school worship with the pupils.

Chichester Cathedral
As part of our 500 Years Celebration of Learning in Cuckfield, the whole school, staff and Governors visited Chichester Cathedral and  undertook a procession and special service at the Church and Old School, with the Acting Bishop of Chichester.

 

The new SIAMS Evaluation Schedule came into operation in September 2018.

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils and adults to flourish.  

The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish? 

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