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St John's CofE Primary School

Nurturing potential within a Christian ethos

Our Christian Ethos

Our Christian Ethos

As a Church school we have a distinctive character where Christian values are promoted in all aspects of school life. We will work to enable all our children to achieve their full potential within our Christian family. Through the teachings and examples of Jesus, we nurture individuality - providing challenge, developing self-esteem and promoting care and respect for each other and God’s world.  As a Church school there are strong links with the Parish Church of St John's.  

Collective Worship

Our worship is invitational and inclusive to all.  Our Gopsel Values and British Values form the framework for our collective worship and we use the Roots and Fruits resource to underpin this.  Collective worship is led by staff, with the Collective Worship Committee ensuring that children are now making a greater contribution to assemblies and church services.  Our Friday act of worship is led by a member of clergy, Reverend Tony or Padre Chrissie, the RAF station Chaplain.  The whole school attends services in church, at the start and end of every term. In addition, special church services are arranged for other important days in the church calendar such as Remembrance and important feasts and celebrations.

 

Term

Gospel Value

Parable

British Value

Autumn 1

Respect

Wise man and foolish man

Democracy

Autumn 2

Peace

 Sower

Liberty

Spring 1

Thankfulness

Lost sheep

Respect

Spring 2

Love

Good Samaritan

Tolerance

Summer 1

Forgiveness

Prodigal son

Resilience (not a British value)

Summer 2

Honesty and Trust

Unforgiving debtor

Rule of Law

The Collective Worship Committee

The committee comprises of pupil representatives from years 1-6 who meet to discuss, plan and prepare whole school and class collective worships centred on our Gospel values. The passion, drive and enthusiasm demonstrated by our committee members helps to ensure that collective worship is a powerful opportunity for our school community to come together to worship the Lord in a meaningful and age appropriate manner.

 

The committee roles and responsibilities include setting up prayer tables or reflective focal areas, choosing relevant scripture that speaks to them and reading out prayers.  The Collective Worship Committee have had a significant impact on collective worship within our school by giving children a sense of ownership over their own worship.

 

RE Theme Days 

Religious Education lessons are part of our weekly timetable however we do set aside whole days when we focus on a theme linked to our RE teaching or to particular festivals. These give us the opportunity to explore religious ideas, enabling a more creative approach and giving more time to reflect.  Easter theme days have given children opportunities to explore the Easter story, the crucifixion and resurrection. At Christmas, themes such as incarnation, peace and The Holy Trinity are a focus and these are explored in an age appropriate way.

 

Introducing Reverend Tony

On behalf of all at St. Johns’ Church, I am pleased to affirm our active support for the work of our Parish School of St. John’s in all of the efforts that are made to achieve the school’s stated aim of enabling each and all of the children to fulfil their potential within the context of a caring and compassionate Christian ethos.  On a personal level, I do enjoy the school services in Church at the beginning and end of each term, and for major festivals, as well as other visits that groups of children make to the Church from time to time for a range of learning opportunities.

Together with clergy colleagues from the Risborough Team Ministry and the RAF High Wycombe base chaplaincy, I am also delighted to be involved in leading Friday morning assemblies in school for which the active participation of the children is warmly encouraged not least through the work of the children’s Collective Worship group. Both as the local Vicar and as a Governor of the school, I am also very glad to be involved in a range of other events and activities in the life of the school.

             

Canon Tony Bundock, Vicar of St. John’s Church.

 

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