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

Hope

God’s Promise to Abraham-Genesis13,15

The Emmaus Road -Luke 24

Fire from Heaven –Acts 2

‘’For I know the plans I have for you,’’ declares the Lord, ‘‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’’ Jeremiah 29:11

‘An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.’ Emil Zatopek

Autumn 2

Responsibility

The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20

The Story of the God Samaritan- Luke 10

Jonah - Jonah

‘The price of greatness is responsibility.’ Winston Churchill

‘And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:20

Spring 1

Peace

Mary, Martha and Lazarus- Luke 10

Palm Sunday- Matthew 21

‘God will give you peace to help you through your storm’ Isaiah 26:3

‘Peace begins with a smile’ Mother Teresa

Spring 2

Forgiveness

The Story of the Lost Sheep-Luke 15

Being friends with God-2 Corinthians 5

Psalm 51

‘The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.’ Mahatma Gandhi

Summer 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

Summer 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

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