Worship and Christian Distinctiveness
Our Christian Vision and Values
Our school like any family, goes through tough and enjoyable, exciting times. As we came to the end of a tough journey of change, uncertainty and lockdown, we decided we wanted a fresh way of saying what is important to every member of our school. We looked for a verse from the Bible which would focus us on becoming independent and confident individuals who show respect both to others and themselves as well as their environment.
The verse we have chosen is
'In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you" Matthew 7 Verse 12
This verse is part of Jesus’ teaching on the Beatitudes: the values and attitudes that we want for our ourselves and school. We like to call this verse a ‘beautiful attitude’ which will help us to:
- Grow to understand and apply Christian values through learning, worship, prayer and reflection, s
- Understand our own place in God’s World and to appreciate the religious, moral and cultural traditions and different needs of others and to seek to learn from them.
- Have a desire to learn new skills and experience new things so that we can reach our full potential both academically and as a ‘whole person’.
Our school is more than just children and teachers and we expect that all staff, parents, governors undertake to:
- Listen to the children and take their viewpoints into account
- Work as a team, showing Christian values in all that they do
- Support the children as well as each other
- Encourage personal growth and independence rooted in relationships
- Accommodate each individual’s needs
- Provide a well-planned and well-delivered curriculum which will equip the children with knowledge, skills and understanding
- Provide a safe environment in which children will feel respected and cared for.
Worship at St Michael's
We value the link with the local St Michael's and all Angels Church and the ministry of the Open The Book team and the vicar, who come into the school once a week to lead worship and teaching that compliments the Christian vision of the school.
We also think about the major Christian Festivals, when our main services at Harvest, Christmas and Easter are held in the church and the whole school works hard to make these celebrations special. At the end of the school year, as well as our Leavers Assembly, we hold our celebration of the school year service in the church. Parents, friends and villagers are always invited to join us at all these important times.
Worship celebrates difference and raises aspirations through creatively sharing stories of significant people as well as our own school community.
We have opportunities for children and adults in the community to add their thoughts and prayers to the Prayer Tree in the school foyer. Children also have the opportunity to discuss the parables shared in the Open the Book assembly through a question set for them and the clue for the answer displayed in the 'Curiosity Cube'.