Aspire ~ Flourish ~ Achieve
Sidmouth C of E Primary School aims to serve its community, within a Christian Vision, to enable our children to aspire, flourish and achieve, leading to life in all its fullness. (John 10 v 10)
As a school we aim to inspire every pupil to have high hopes for themselves and their world, seeing themselves as part of a wider local, national and global community. We strive to prepare them to be a considerate citizen of all communities, with relationships being built on trust and mutual respect. We encourage them to contribute positively to the communities within which they are a part. We provide opportunities for them to explore themselves as unique and having inherent worth, looking at who they are, their character and their gifts, talents and abilities. A high emphasis is put on children’s wellbeing and mental health, ensuring that children have the tools to manage the ups and downs of life. We want children to aspire to be and do whatever they want to be and to achieve well in all aspects of life.
Peace ~ Friendship ~ Belonging ~ Forgiveness ~ Thankfulness ~ Honesty
Bible passage which explores this value
How does this value link to our Christian vision?
Matthew 5 v 9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Part of having high hopes for the world is believing we can live in a world of peace and striving for that. This starts in our relationships with those around us. We teach the children to not only be peaceful in the way they interact with each other but also to be peacemakers and support others to do the same.
Proverbs 17 v 17
17A friend loves at all times.
Relationships built on respect and trust are essential for building a positive community. Supporting each other as friends will mean that the children encourage one another to be the best version of themselves.
1 Corinthians 12 v 12-27
12Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
As a school we seek to help the children understand they belong to many different communities, from their families to local, national and global communities. Part of flourishing in character is bringing something positive to those communities and seeing their value and significance in them.
Parable of the Unforgiving servant
Matthew 18 v 21-35
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
In order to spur one another on in our aspirations and achievements we must be at peace with one another and therefore need to forgive each other when we are wronged. We challenge children to forgive others in the way they would want to be forgiven and offer a fresh start to all members of the school community. The way staff support this is to use a restorative justice approach in dealing with situations as they arise.
1 Thessalonians 5 v 18
18Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
An appreciation of what we have and being thankful for it is something we encourage. We invite children to be thankful for the world they live in and then many blessings that they have. We endeavour to foster an attitude of thankfulness for the little things and the big things. Gratitude will help children to flourish and look for ways to help those less fortunate than themselves.
Proverbs 12 v 17
An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.
We encourage children to be honest in all conversations. We celebrate honesty, especially if it is to admit to a mistake that has been made. Through our oracy work children learn how to disagree well with respect and clarity.