CHRISTIAN ETHOS AND VALUES
Newbottle and Charlton Primary school is effective in providing an environment in which positive relationships and Christian attitudes promote learning and development of all individuals. The learning environment is safe, inclusive and creative. Spiritual and social development are valued and individuals are respected and nurtured in personal development. Parents express confidence in the school and children express a sense of being valued.
The image of a wheel symbolises thinking about Christian values in the life of Newbottle and Charlton CEVA Primary School. Made of three distinct parts- each has an important part to play in the functioning of the whole and should one fail the wheel collapses
At the centre of a wheel is the hub, the core which holds the whole together and on which everything depends- the wheel cannot be built without it. At Newbottle and Charlton Primary CEVA Primary School this is encapsulated by the value of love. Our mission statement and school bible verse, ‘Every person matters, every moment counts; I can do all this through Him who gives me strength’ (Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4.13) is at the heart of everything we do. Like St Paul we seek to be empowered by Christ, and to embody His new commandment that we should love one another (John 13.34).
From the hub comes the spokes- these are our core values
1. Friendship (includes, community, truthfulness & trust)
'Encourage one another and build each other other'
1 Thessalonians 5.11
2. Respect (includes dignity, compassion)
'Do to others as you would have them do to you'
3. Thankfulness (includes service & generosity)
'Always be Thankful'
4. Perseverance (includes wisdom & courage)
'And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us'
5. Forgiveness (includes hope & peace)
'Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others'
The rim is the part of the wheel which meets the road or world. This is effectively what everyone sees of the school. We try at school to live out these values in our relationships with one another and they underpin our curriculum vision and policy documents.
Pupils, parents, staff, governors and other stakeholders linked to school had a part to play in coming up with our school value wheel. We used the Church of Englands Vision for Education as well as looking about the Real PE Cogs and the curriculum drivers as well as families thinking about personal values they hold
We explore each values and many others through all our teaching and having them as a focus in our collective worship. This takes place daily and led by a variety of people.
Promoting British Values at Newbottle and Charlton CEVA Primary school
We are part of a British society, and it is important to us that children learn the universal principles of:
Caring for others
We uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as: democracy rule of law individual liberty mutual respect tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The staff and Governors at Newbottle and Charlton School have reflected upon what spiritual development might mean in our school. We have described spiritual development as exploring the possibility of a dimension of life beyond what can be seen and touched and what that might mean for living life. For a Christian this would mean developing communication with God. Developing spiritually would also mean recognition that all individuals are growing and developing character and attributes all the time and have the potential to continue to do so. We have a view that spirituality might be expressed in a range of behaviour such as caring and nurturing; serving and self-discipline and loving and sharing. Attributes such as expressing joy, peace, patience and self-control would be seen as a consequence of spiritual development. We concluded that spirituality is developed and enjoyed in community.