Our value for this half term is:
These are awarded to children who demonstrate how they are taking these values into their lives. We love to hear how your children are living these values at home too, so do please write in to your child’s class teacher to share your stories and help us celebrate these values together.
Nailsworth C of E Primary School reflects British Values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so that they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world. Read our statement of British Values here.
Inspired by the Spirit life
Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, life in all its fullness”. (John 10.10)
This key verse underpins all that we aim to do at Nailsworth Primary School as we seek to help children grow in all areas of their life. Rather than just creating ‘learners’, we want to help them to develop a spirited approach to life, aimed at enabling them to fully engage in their relationships with themselves, each other and the world. We want them to leave our school as well-developed human beings with the right attitude to life, ready for the next stage of their growth.
Our school vision: Together, inspired by the challenge, summarises this aim and is underpinned by practical Christian Values. The chosen values help develop a spirited atmosphere in the school and children are encouraged to use these values throughout their day to make the most of all the opportunities open to them.
“Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation” (Krishnamurti).
We wholeheartedly endorse this philosophy and support children in understanding their relationships with themselves, each other and the world.
We use the symbols of a mirror to help them see themselves, a door to help them open up to others and a window to help them find a place in the world.
The following poem from Conversations with God describes our spirited aspirations:
“Be a light unto the world, and hurt it not. Seek to build not destroy
Be a shining example.
Speak only in truthfulness.
Act only in love.
Give everything require nothing.
Avoid the mundane.
Do not accept the unacceptable.
Make every moment of your life an outpouring of love.
Use every moment to think the highest thought, say the highest word, do the highest deed.
Bring peace to the Earth by bringing peace to all those whose lives you touch.
Embrace every circumstance, own every fault, share every joy, contemplate every mystery, walk in every man’s shoes, forgive every offense (including your own), heal every heart, honour every person’s truth.
When someone enters your life unexpectedly, look for the gift that person has come to receive from you.
The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.
You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew.
Seek therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be”
Central to this desire to understand ourselves, each other and the world is the Christian teaching on the Holy Trinity – God’s description of himself as a relationship of love between Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
We believe that this helps the children relate the Christian faith to their everyday lives. We are constantly exploring this relationship between God and ourselves. To date we have develop this understanding:
- Holy Spirit (the force that drives us from within): Our relationship with our own spirit – What is your YES in life that gets you up each morning, raring to go?
- Jesus the Son (the friend who walks with us through life): Our relationship with others – What do you want others to learn from you?
- God the Father (the creative force we see at work in our world): Our relationship with the World – What do you seek to build in the World?
|Generosity “God loves a cheerful giver” – 2 Corinthians 9.7|
|Compassion “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” – Matthew 5.7|
|Courage “Be strong in the Lord” – Ephesians 6.10|
|Forgiveness “Forgive anyone anything so that your father may forgive you.” – Mark 11.25|
|Friendship “Greater love has no-one than this, that they lay down their life for a friend” – John 15.13|
|Respect “In humility consider others better than yourselves” – Philippians 2.3|
|Thankfulness “Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and be thankful” – Colossians 3.15|
|Trust “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid” – Hebrews 13.6|
|Perseverance “Let us throw off everything that hinders…& run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12.1|
|Justice “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God” – Micah6.8|
|Service “Whoever would be great amongst you must be your servant” -Mark 10.43|
|Truthfulness “Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour”. Ephesians 4.25|