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Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed Church of England (Aided) Junior School

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  • Laughter

Our Vision and Values

Our Vision and Values: Love, Learning and Laughter
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Our Vision

As a school family, living and learning with a thirst for knowledge, we delight in everyone's achievements sharing joy and laughter along the way.

 

Within the love of God we nurture aspirations, celebrate each other’s individuality enabling all to flourish. We let our lights shine in school, our community and the World beyond.

 

Our Values

 

Matthew 5:14-16 

 

‘You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.’

Narrative

You are light of the world – This aspirational perspective reminds children that the world is their oyster, and they are each capable of changing the whole world by the choices and actions they take. Each of our children is an Agent of Change – making the World we live in a better place for everyone.

 

A city built on a hill cannot be hidden – We value all God’s children, and believe passionately in celebrating each person in their unique identity, demonstrating how each individual can flourish and be treated with dignity and respect, with all our precious diversity. Each of our children has something to offer the World and their interests and talents are celebrated and shared.

 

It gives light to all – No-one is to be left out of God’s Kingdom, everyone is to be included in the good news and enjoy life in all its fulness.  Our curriculum and school provision can be tailored to each individual’s needs, helping everyone to shine in their own way and to their brightest capacity. Each child has the ability to make someone else feel good too and can show this through living out our Values: Love, Joy, Goodness, Resilience and Trust.

 

… to all in the house – while we have a global focus and reach, we are fully rooted in our local community, and seek to be good neighbours and champions for the local environment.  We foster links of friendship and support with our nearby schools, actively engage with local businesses and organisations, and offer our own space as a resource to help the wider community and Church. Our children are active in helping local, national and global causes and are supported by staff, friends and families to do this. We show Love to our neighbours.

 

Let your light shine before others – We are not afraid to shine our light and tell our story in front of others, including those with power and influence.  We know that our perspective is valid and important, and we are ready to voice that with courage, particularly where we know that will make the world a better place for others.  As Agents of Change our children the lead in helping us all to exercise courageous advocacy, and our staff and leaders model that by listening carefully to all the children and colleagues, and accepting the challenge to keep learning and growing. We will use Resilience to keep our lights shining even when it is difficult to do so and Trust in God to help us do this.

 

… so that [others] may see your good works – We live out our faith in practical ways and through our Values. We understand that loving action is an essential part of living God’s way.  It is as important to walk the walk as it is to talk the talk, and people will be inspired to change for the better when they see us living out the hope we share for peaceful and just world. We share our good news stories with the World beyond our school and in this way share our Values too.

 

… and praise your Father in heaven – We believe that God is full of Love for all God’s children, and all that we do can help people be open to greater love and light in their own lives.  We realise there is always more to learn and plenty of wonderful mysteries to explore throughout our life, yet we have confidence to think creatively and playfully about the bigger questions, trusting that God’s love will always shine on us, come what may.

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