Our Christian values at Grayswood
Our mission statement to ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ feeds into all aspects of school life here at Grayswood. We seek to nourish the whole child at Grayswood Primary School; the body through teaching children how to look after their body created in God’s image. Through the curriculum we learn about healthy eating and exercise. We nourish children’s minds through a rich and varied curriculum and allowing children to take some responsibility for their own learning. We challenge them to imagine, wonder and ask questions. The spirit is nourished in the care we give to children’s emotional development and by providing opportunities for quiet reflection.
As a Christian school, we believe it is important to develop core values by which to live and which help develop spiritual and moral awareness; so we have broken our mission statement down into 6 main values, which we expect all members of the school community to model – children, staff, governors and clergy. These values will be explored in depth over the school year, through collective worship, class reflection times and RE lessons.
Children and staff of all faiths and none are welcome at our school and our aims are to promote understanding and tolerance between those of different faith traditions. As well as being rooted in the Christian vision, the values we’ve identified are appreciated by people of other faiths and also people of no faiths.
Our Calendar of Christian Values at Grayswood:
Autumn 1: Love
Autumn 2: Kindness
Spring 1: Respect
Spring 2: Teamwork
Summer 1: Perseverance
Summer 2: Forgiveness
Every half term, we focus on one of these values and teach the children skills that they will need all through life, anchored into the Christian faith through stories and readings from the Bible, poetry, songs and even fables. Children explore these values further during weekly class reflections. We celebrate times when children have demonstrated one of our values towards others, by nominating children for a special award to be given out in our Friday Celebration Assembly.
Collective Worship is carefully planned and centred on our Christian values, with clergy from All Saints’ Church visiting once a week to deliver this message too. Collective Worship also follows the SEAL scheme of study, which links in with our class PSHE lessons. These themes are closely illustrated and explored through stories from the Bible. We also visit the Church for regular services throughout the year for festivals such as: Harvest, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter, Pentecost and for the end of the year service in the Summer. Our Year 6 class this year will be going up to Guildford Cathedral in July for a Leavers’ service, with a large number of other Church schools in Surrey.
We are truly blessed in the wonderful environment in which our school is situated. Our Forest School provides our pupils and school community access to the wonder of God’s creation in situ. We experience it all around us and we take time to just stop and be aware that there is something greater than ourselves.