At St Mary and St Joseph's RC Primary School we provide an education for the whole person where our children are nurtured in character, wisdom and values, so that they can aspire not to have more but to be more and so make a positive difference in their community and in God's world.
We centre our school life around our Catholic Virtues.
Resilience Perseverance Honesty Integrity Courage Humility Compassion
Kindness Generosity Trustworthiness Justice Forgiveness
Every member of our school community holds these virtues with utmost importance. These virtues should be displayed in our work with others, at playtimes, in the classroom and within our community. Our virtues influence our approach to everything we do and our attitude towards others. They are steeped in gospel teaching and reflect the kind of person Jesus was and the person he wants us to be.
Statement on British Values at St Mary and St Joseph’s RC Primary School
The UK Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The DfE has recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.' These are:
Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect, Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
At SMSJ we are committed to serving our community and local area. In so doing we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways and through the teaching of the 5W’s – Welcome, Witness, Word, Welfare and Worship;
Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at SMSJ.
All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, eco council, Arts council, Sports council and Gift Team.
The Rule of Law incorporating the 5W’s:
Word - The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong. Visits from the Police, Fire Service and local councillors help to reinforce these messages. Mr Consequence works with Year 6 to promote the idea that actions have consequences. We work closely with our PCSO who is a well know face in the local area.
Welfare - Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are given regular opportunities to support charities – through their house charities. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. E-safety teaching and discussions about personal safety and workshops during our Health week which focuses on a Healthy mind, body and spirit are enabling them to make choices in a safe manner. Worship – to nurture the spirituality of each individual, appropriate to their backgrounds and faith experiences.
Witness - Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on the Gospel values of Love, Peace, Truth and Justice. Assemblies regularly promote respect for others and the importance of good manners. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Welcome - As a Catholic worshipping community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies, class work and a whole school emphasis on Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education (SMSC)helps promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions will be invited into school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
Welcome – we welcome all people into our school community. We have a strong sense of belonging and mutual respect for all.
Worship – to nurture the spirituality of each individual, appropriate to their backgrounds and faith experiences.
Witness – using gospel values in our lives. Stewardship, justice, liberation, reconciliation and compassion.
Welfare – promoting sense of responsibility in the school community. Consideration of others and those worse off than themselves
Word – we are witness to the ‘Word of God’ in our Holy books and our school community live in the service of each other.