Here at St John the Baptist our vision is:
‘To enable all the children in our care to thrive and succeed by raising their aspirations and potential.’
Working together, we believe that we can raise standards for all students and develop the whole child. Simply put, we want to enable every child to be the best that they can be!
Our School Motto reminds us of this:
‘Together we believe, together we succeed’
To all children and adults in our school this means we believe in ourselves, each other and have a sense of belonging, which will help us to succeed.
Following our seven school values, help us to achieve our vision. Our values are:
What do our values mean to us and Christians?
Love is patient and kind
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
Love does not demand its own way.
Love does not lose its temper or hold a grudge.
Love rejoices in the truth.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Shortly before Jesus’ death he said to his disciples, “Just as I have loved you, you should love one another.” This should underpin the ways in which we behave towards each other – we do not treat people lovingly for reward or gain, but because it is our obligation in the light of God’s love for all.
In exploring Hope as a key value in the life of St John’s School, children should understand that the Christian faith teaches that they can have hope no matter what setbacks they might face because ultimately God loves them. They ought to have Christian hope in their hearts – meaning that they should seek to face life’s challenges with the confident expectation that the challenges they face will build up valuable life experience that will help them to succeed and grow in maturity.
St Peter tells us to “Respect everyone.” What does this mean in a Christian context? Christian ideas of respect are closely linked to humility. “Be humble,” said Paul, “thinking of others as better than yourselves.”
Christianity argues that respect should be a given. We respect people not only for what they have done, but also for the simple fact that they are human beings made in the image of God and loved by God.
As we interact with people around us we should automatically treat them with respect because Jesus deemed them worth dying for. In that case, how can we ever think of ourselves as superior to another person, or think someone is unworthy of our respect?
It is important for our children to have the opportunity to experience as many things as possible, both inside and outside the classroom, in order to grow and develop into well-rounded people, equipped to face the outside world with confidence. In giving them these opportunities, we are helping them to fulfil their God-given potential.
Jesus said, “I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness,” (John 10:10). To enjoy life, therefore, is a thoroughly Christian concept. God has made a beautiful world full of things to enjoy, and likewise he has made us with five senses with which to enjoy them. To enjoy life, therefore, is to enjoy the creation that God has made, the gifts he has given us, and the relationships we form through experiencing his world
Thankfulness should be at the heart of how we celebrate the good things in life, and it should be reiterated that God is the one who gives us those things – not as a reward, but simply because he loves us.
Exodus 35:35 says, “He filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen – all of them skilled workers and designers.” And more than that, to those whom God has given these great gifts of creativity it says he has also given them “the ability to teach others.”
In a Christian school, children should learn to value both the creative arts (music, literature, art etc.) and creation itself. This can be achieved through the learning of musical instruments, experience working with different forms of fine art, and learning about the natural world through practical, hands-on activities.
Christians don’t, or at least shouldn’t, measure success by wealth or status. Rather, success should be measured by a ratio of talents received to talents used. Whatever we do in life, we should seek to use those gifts God has given us to do the best we can.
Our gifts and talents, when discovered, nurtured and employed with thankfulness, should not only help us realise our potential in this life and to be able to use them for the benefit of others, but also deepen our relationship with the God who gave them.