Urchfont Church of England Primary School: Vision and Values Statements
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13
Philippians 4:10–20 describes how Christians can overcome worry and worldly desires, regardless of their circumstances. By making a purposeful decision to be content, believers can trust God to provide for their true needs so that they can put aside consuming thoughts of materialism or anxiety. Paul learned this skill through his many trials and ministry experiences and he encourages reliance on the power of Christ to produce peace in relationships with others and to help focus attention on positive things. Paul is also seen to express thanks to Philippians for their generosity, and he expresses his confidence that God will bless them for it.
Through our vision at Urchfont Church of England Primary School, we strive for excellence in all that we do, working together as a happy community where children develop a life-long love of learning. Each child is valued and encouraged and our talented and dedicated staff in partnership with parents, offer a welcoming, safe, nurturing and inspiring environment to all.
Our Christian values provide a strong foundation and are embedded throughout the school day. Our children persevere to flourish and fulfill their God-given potential engaging in learning that is exciting, dynamic and challenging. Through courage, children take supported risks and learn from them. We are a forward looking school with hope for the future and prepare children to become responsible, informed and creative citizens who will contribute with their wisdom and compassion to the rapidly changing world they live in.
Our Christian values strengthen us, encourage us and offer us time for reflection. We feel that core values such as love, friendship, service, generosity and compassion are already evident in the actions of our children around school everyday and so this year we are focusing on the values of perseverance, courage, hope and wisdom as these reflect our aspirations for our children and the future priorities of the school.
When we persevere, we keep trying even when we are finding things difficult or when we do not immediately achieve success. Every day, we persevere in putting the values we have already learned into practice in our everyday lives. We persevere to believe in ourselves and in the unwavering love that God has for us to enable us to stand firm for our beliefs and to keep going when we are doing what we believe is right.
Courage is having the strength to stand up to difficulties, fears or hardships and working through our fears with God’s help to overcome the challenges we face. Sometimes it is having the courage to stand by our beliefs and stay committed to what is right and true.
Hope is much more than wishful thinking or a general idea that things will get better. It is more than a belief in progress, which sees the world and people as getting better all the time, growing away from violence, ignorance and confusion. Hope is aspirational and sustains us in times of personal difficulty. For Christians, hope is twinned with confidence that God’s promise of love and goodness will result in joy and peace.
Wisdom is different from just being clever. Often wise people have lots of experience and can give good advice to help us make difficult decisions. Some people pray because they believe that God can help them to live their lives wisely.