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Theology Behind The Vision

 

 

Theology behind the vision

Jesus comes to give ‘Life in all its fullness’ (John ch 10 v 10).  This is the underpinning of the vision.   That each child in our school is unique and valuable and can have ‘life in all its fullness’.   This comes through the excellent education of the whole child. 

 

Aspiration

As a school we open up horizons for children of hope and aspiration and guide them towards fulfilling them.  We instil in children that they have a role in who they become in the future as well as what they do and the world they live in. We encourage resilience and perseverance against adversity.

 

1 Corinthians 9 v 24-25

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 

 

Phillipians 4 v 8 – 9

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

At our school we teach our children to aim to be the best version of them they can be, to reach for their goals and work hard towards them but to do it in a way that is right, that is noble that is admirable.

 

Hebrews 12 v 1-2

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

 

Flourish

Flourish is about building character.  It is about becoming the individual they were created to be who can live as a positive citizen of the school, local and global community.  It is the idea that we are created to live together in families and communities and all have a role to play in that.  Building relationships based on respect, trust, love, care, compassion and generosity and central to this idea.  Stories such as the Good Samaritan support this idea or treating others the way we wish to be treated.  We treat others with dignity and respect, once again valuing them as unique and valuable, even if they are different to us.  The Sermon on the Mount reflects this idea in Matthew ch 5 and 6 where Jesus himself outlines the importance of putting others ahead of ourselves, giving to the needy, being truthful and reliable, loving our enemies and being peacemakers. 

Jesus defines character and flourishing as possessing and demonstrating the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’.  Through our values, assemblies, PSHE and RE curriculum we teach about demonstrating the fruits of the spirit to others whether that be the school, local or global community.

 

Psalm 139 v 13 – 16

13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,     I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,

    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;     all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

 

Matthew 22 v 37-39

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’[b]

Luke 6 v 31

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

 

Genesis 2 v 15 (Talks about our role in caring for the world)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 

 

Psalm 92 v 12

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

 

Psalm 115 v 14

May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.

 

Galatians 5 v 22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

1 Corinthians 12 outlines the importance of being members of a body/community of people who are working together to serve the common good of their family, community and school.  We therefore encourage each using our different gifts and talents to benefit each other.

 

Achieve

In order to achieve we need to work hard.  As explained in the parable of the talents where Jesus taught us to use the gifts and talents we are given to their full potential.  We provide opportunities for this through a rich curriculum that focuses on the many facets of learning.  With God’s help, we can achieve great things (Philippians 4 v13).  We encourage children to persevere and develop resilience in order to achieve their best (Hebrews 12 v 1-2).

 

Philippians 4 v 13

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

Hebrews 12 v 1-2

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

 

Matthew 25 v 14-30

The Parable of the talents makes it clear to children that they can achieve, whatever their abilities.  They have to persevere and use what they have been given in order to achieve their potential. 

 

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