St Peter’s School Vision
The goal of everyone at Saint Peter’s Church of England Primary School is to provide our children with a wide and fully rounded education, which enables them to develop not only academically, but also socially, emotionally, morally and spiritually. We want our children to leave us as confident, well rounded and happy individuals, who not only feel valued but who also value both themselves and others. It is imperative that our children receive a robust academic education, which will allow them to succeed in their chosen fields. However, it is equally important that their education also develops in them the values and character traits which will allow them to succeed as people.
The education we provide to our children, is one which will allow them to become the adults we aspire for them to be.
We want to educate our children so that they are able to flourish both whilst at our school and in the years to come. We want to provide them with an education which will prepare them for their future. Jesus said; “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” John 10:10. We want to educate our children that they may enjoy life in all its fullness.’
At St Peter’s our Christian values and links to the local and Diocesan community are key to enhancing the soul of the School. We believe that the integration and implementation of our Christian values not only enhance our children’s education but also their spiritual development. Our vision for the School, and its Governing Body, embody our Christian values and are linked closely to the Bible.
“We show our Christian values by caring for one another and looking after each other. We do this because it was a teaching and lesson from God.” – Tyler, Year 5.
“We show our Christian values by always believing in ourselves and others. We have opportunities to do so much, showing that our teachers follow them too.” – Charlotte, Year 5.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
The parable of the mustard Seed is evident throughout the new testament. The mustard seed represents both Jesus and God’s Kingdom
In the Gospel of Matthew the parable is as follows:
He set another man before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.” Matthew 13:31–32 and
‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed… nothing will be impossible for you.’ Matthew 17: 20
In the Gospel of Mark:
He said, “How will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we illustrate it? It’s like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth, yet when it is sown, grows up, and becomes greater than all the herbs, and puts out great branches, so that the birds of the sky can lodge under its shadow.” Mark 4:30–32
In the Gospel of Luke:
He said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and put in his own garden. It grew, and became a large tree, and the birds of the sky lodged in its branches.” Luke 13:18–19
How can Jesus be likened to the mustard seed? The Bible tells us that Jesus was walking along the shore of the sea of Galilee when he saw two fishermen, Peter and his brother Andrew, casting their nets. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said to them. They immediately followed Jesus. As they continued on their way, they saw two other brothers, James and John, mending their nets. Jesus called them and they immediately left their nets and followed him. One by one, Jesus called his disciples until there were twelve of them. That is still a pretty small beginning, but Jesus sent out the twelve and they brought others to Him and the kingdom of God grew and grew.
There are many millions of Christians in the world today, yet it all began with one person (Jesus) who was born in a very ordinary place (a stable), who grew up in an ordinary home, in an ordinary town. For 33 years no one really noticed him. Jesus’ life shows us that from tiny beginnings something big can happen. One person can make a difference to the world, no matter how small and unimportant they might seem.
In the same way, our school seeks to unlock the gates to lifelong learning. This allows the children in our care to become individuals who will flourish as part of our school and the wider community. Big things can come from small beginnings; who knows what great things our pupils will go onto achieve in the future?
As with the mustard seed, we wish our children to grow, and we aim to provide them with the education which will allow them to do so. Just as a plant grows leaves and flowers, we must provide our children with an education which allows them to visibly flourish – to develop obvious new skills and abilities, and of course this is done through our curriculum. However, it is also important that we develop in our children the core values which will provide them with strong roots throughout their life. Our children will only grow tall and strong if they have strong roots. To this end, we have identified six core values which we will promote in order to develop the character and conscience of our children. These values, which are Hope, Respect, Faith, Love, Forgiveness and Perseverance, are not only discussed during lessons in class, but also form the basis for some of our daily acts of worship. In addition, we may discuss these values when addressing instances of poor behaviour or when praising good behaviour. We aim to reinforce and promote these core values in your children during their time at St Peter’s.
The Church of England has produced a Vision for Education and within it, have identified four strands which they feel should be promoted during the course of a child’s education. These are Community, Dignity, Hope and Wisdom. This academic year, we are particularly focussing on Community as we build our school community after a period of change.
Governing Body Vision
‘The Governing Body will support our school in providing a happy, safe and inspiring environment that reflects our Christian values, allowing the children to develop spiritually, morally, intellectually, imaginatively and physically whilst instilling kindness, thoughtfulness and strong sense of self-belief.’