Powick CE Primary School
Our Christian Vision
‘Embracing Learning Together’
At Powick CE Primary School we are a caring Christian community where everyone is welcome and, following the example set by Jesus, we thread kindness and compassion through everything we do. Through working together, we desire for everyone in our community to flourish by developing their God given talents.
Powick CE Primary School
Our Christian Values
As part of being a Church of England School we teach our children about the core Christian values which help us know how to act and make good choices.
Our Christian vision encourages us to consider every child and adult's place in our school community and, as a result, we look for and celebrate examples of our values in action by all members of our school community. We also learn about our values when we explore the wider communities we are part of including the diverse community which makes up the world.
From EYFS our children learn about these key values and how to show them in lots of different ways so that when they leave us in Year 6 they understand them deeply and are able to act as good role models and kind and responsible members of our local and global communities.
Powick CE Primary School - Approach to Spirituality.
As a church school we understand the importance of spirituality as a distinct element of faith which is different from experiencing the world through learning how to develop morally and socially.
A school is not a church, but it is a collection of people who come from a variety of backgrounds for the purpose of education. Family backgrounds may be very different and spiritual development must take account of the varied circumstances of staff and pupils. Therefore, in light of this and in light of our school’s distinctively Christian vision, at Powick we define spirituality as the way in which we combine our thoughts and emotions to reflect, respond to, and seek to give meaning and purpose to the experiences that we encounter in life.
We use windows, mirrors and doors to explore the world around us in a spiritual manner and encourage children to reflect on their feelings and reflect, respond to and seek to give meaning and purpose to the experiences that they encounter in life.
For further information please see our Spirituality Policy on the Policies page on the website.
Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good
The vision is deeply Christian, with the promise by Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart. Our vision embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people. We offer a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, but sets them in a wider framework. This is worked out theologically and educationally through four basic elements which permeate our vision for education:
Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Good schools foster confidence, delight and discipline in seeking wisdom, knowledge, truth, understanding, know-how, and the skills needed to shape life well. They nurture academic habits and skills, emotional intelligence and creativity across the whole range of school subjects, including areas such as music, drama and the arts, information and other technologies, sustainable development, sport, and what one needs to understand and practise in order to be a good person, citizen, parent, employee, team or group member, or leader.
Educating for Hope and Aspiration
In the drama of ongoing life, how we learn to approach the future is crucial. Good schools open up horizons of hope and aspiration, and guide pupils into ways of fulfilling them. They also cope wisely with things and people going wrong. Bad experiences and behaviour, wrongdoing and evil need not have the last word. There are resources for healing, repair and renewal; repentance, forgiveness, truth and reconciliation are possible; and meaning, trust, generosity, compassion and hope are more fundamental than meaninglessness, suspicion, selfishness, hardheartedness and despair.
Educating for Community and Living Well Together
We are only persons with each other: our humanity is ‘co-humanity’, inextricably involved with others, utterly relational, both in our humanity and our shared life on a finite planet. If those others are of ultimate worth then we are each called to responsibility towards them and to contribute responsibly to our communities. The good life is ‘with and for others in just institutions’. So education needs to have a core focus on relationships and commitments, participation in communities and institutions, and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
Educating for Dignity and Respect Human dignity
The ultimate worth of each person, is central to good education. The basic principle of respect for the value of each person involves continual discernment, deliberation and action, and schools are one of the main places where this happens, and where the understanding and practices it requires are learned. This includes vigilant safeguarding. It is especially important that the equal worth of those with and without special educational needs and disabilities is recognised in practice.