At Kirkdale St Lawrence all strive to live by this simple phrase:
Through the teachings of God we
Love Others Value Everyone
Our vision is expressed through the message of Jesus and through faith, service, prayer and worship together.
Our children learn in preparation to lead full and purposeful lives which will contribute to the common good.
- We live and celebrate our Christian life together with the development of each person's full potential in a climate of joy, freedom, respect and celebration.
- Our community enriches our lives - all work together to achieve the best learning environment
- Enrichment is intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral, social and emotional
- We promote a spirit of charity, social justice, global awareness and concern for others
- We work to learn in a culture of tolerance where individuals and diverse identities are recognised, welcomed, respected and cherished
- We want our children to receive fair and just treatment and equal opportunities and reject prejudice
- We respect the rights of others
- We demonstrate our vision by listening, practicing understanding, demonstrating trust and peace
Our Christian Ethos
Our Christian Ethos is reflected in our life together - our learning and our teaching.
We are all God's children and through our daily learning we discover our gifts and our value.
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Our Christian Values
Christian Values are fundamental expressions of what we think and believe.
As a school we encourage children to think about personal and social values, to become aware of, and involved in the life and concerns of our parish churches, their community and wider society. In this way we develop their capacity to be active and effective future citizens.
Friendship: we value friendship as fundamental to the development and fulfillment of ourselves and others, and the good of the community.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Respect: develop self-respect, and respect for others. Promote inclusion and tolerance, and appreciate and value the diversity of people's circumstances and backgrounds.
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." Matthew 7:12
Responsibility: take responsibility for the way we lead our lives, how we use our talents, rights and opportunities.
"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them." Romans 12:6-8
Perseverance: maintain a 'can do' attitude and aspire to achieve goals.
"I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me." Phillippians 3:13-14
Our Head Teacher's Life Value: KINDNESS - show care and concern, and exercise goodwill to others.
"Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32
Through the teachings of God we
Love O thers Value Everyone
Home School Christian Values 2021-2022
We aim always for:
Our children are successful learners
We will work hard to provide excellent and inspirational teaching which encourages an enjoyment of learning and motivates every child to achieve their full potential.
Our children are confident individuals
We will nurture our children to become physically and emotionally healthy individuals with high self-esteem, who are ambitious, free-thinking and prepared for life beyond their time with us.
Our children are responsible and spiritual citizens
We will provide a happy, caring Christian family environment which develops the children's spiritual strength and enables them to flourish into tolerant and respectful young people with an appreciation for the natural world and diverse human cultures.
Our school is a stimulating environment
We will provide a well-resourced, safe, engaging and exciting environment to support the delivery of a wide range of experiences and learning through an enriched creative curriculum
Our community is actively engaged
We will promote active and engaging partnerships between staff, parents, parishioners and the local community, which continually seek to improve and adapt as the world around us evolves.
WHAT WE DO TO PROMOTE BRITISH VALUES
THROUGH OUR DISTINCTIVE CHRISTIAN ETHOS
"The DfE have recently reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government sets out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014.
How well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
At our school these values are taught explicitly through Personal, Health, Social Education (PHSE) and Religious Education (RE), and through topics within our broad and balanced curriculum such as “Being Me”, "Dreams and Goals" and “Ideas About God”. The school takes opportunities to reinforce values through daily collective worship, celebrating British traditions and customs through the year (for example Harvest and Remembrance Day), and whole school structures such as the school council [including the Liverpool Schools Parliament] and the Eco-Team and Junior Chaplains.
The following are some examples of how we promote British values:
Democracy: Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.
Pupils in our school are always listened to by adults, and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the rights of each individual. We encourage pupils to take ownership of their own learning and progress. All children are regularly asked for their views on their learning and make their own comments in preparation for parents consultations and towards their annual report. Pupils also have learning questionnaires and surveys where they can put forward views about the school. This may be specific feedback regarding reading or even mystery shoppers exploring the quality of food choice on offer at lunchtime.
Pupils from year 2 upwards have an opportunity to be elected as school councillors and are able to voice their opinions and ideas through this forum. School Council elections are held following pupil speeches and hustings, then based on voting which reflects our British electoral system, this gives the children some understanding of democracy in action. The school council has been instrumental in leading fundraising for charities.
The Rule of Law: The importance of rules and laws, whether they are those that govern the class, school or country, are reinforced during the school day, for example when dealing with behaviour choices.
The importance of rules and laws, whether they are those that govern the class, school or country, are regularly reinforced during the school day, for example when dealing with behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discussed and displays our school rules, which are clear and ensure that everyone can learn in a safe and orderly environment. Our aim is to develop a sense of community with clear expectations and values.
Pupils are taught the reasons behind our laws, how they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that they bring, and the consequences when they are broken. We encourage children and parents to support our expectations for the child, family and teacher.
The school has a clear and consistent behaviour policy including rewards and sanctions which are communicated clearly to the children; any warning or consequence is always explained in relation to the rule that has been broken.
Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Local Authroity/Council are part of the school calendar and help to reinforce British Law.
Respect and appreciation for different rules are also explored in RE lessons, when considering rules in practising a particular faith, and also in PE when considering the rules of a sport.
Individual Liberty: Alongside understanding of rules and laws, we also actively promote pupils' freedom of choice. We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices safely, through providing a supportive environment. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and social and emotional aspects of learning.
Pupils are given freedom to make choices, for example in responding to creative homework tasks, selecting school dinner options or participating in one of the many events or clubs run throughout the year.
Mutual Respect: our school promotes respect for others, this is modelled by staff and reinforced through our class rules. Our school ethos is based on our core Christian values, of which RESPECT is one. We focus each half term on one of these values and this underpins daily acts of collective worship. Awards are distributed each week for our Christian Values in Practice for which the children are nominated for.
Tolerance: being tolerant and respectful for those of different faiths and beliefs.
Our school seeks to develop tolerance by enhancing the pupils' understanding of Britain today as a diverse culture and giving the pupils experiences which allow them to experience diversity first-hand where possible. Collective worship stories are drawn from different faith backgrounds and cultures. Any discussions reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for other faiths and include consideration of prejudice.
Regular theme weeks and events help promote tolerance and understanding by learning about customs, practices and celebrations.