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Visions and Values

Our School Vision

 

The children of St Luke’s are nurtured by a caring and committed team who make the children
their number one priority. As a community, we are respectful, connected and positive, and we
value and trust one another. At the heart of our curriculum are our core Christian values of; trust,
forgiveness, humility, hope, justice and resilience. These values are the foundations on which we
build our learning.


Our responsible team have consistently high expectations for their community. They always act
with integrity and are role models for our children. Our community is compassionate, forgiving and non-judgemental.

We are motivated and self-aware learners who recognise the importance of collaboration and taking risks. We
communicate effectively and disagree well.


“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth came knowledge and understanding.”
(Proverbs 2:6)


Our school prepares our children well for life beyond St Luke’s; equipping them with the skills,
knowledge and understanding they need to become responsible and resourceful citizens. Our
curriculum is relevant to the 21st Century and prepares our children for their future, enabling
them to show both local and global responsibility. We ensure our children recognise the value of
good physical and mental health and we support children through life’s challenges.


“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm
you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)


Our children master the skills and knowledge across the curriculum, valuing both process and
product. Our curriculum has high expectations for all, regardless of gender, background, ability or
culture. Learning promotes creativity and curiosity. Our children are independent and resilient
learners who are keen to embrace challenge. They show respect and take responsibility for their
actions and words.


“For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” (Timothy 1:7)


Our community is welcoming. Parents are positively engaged with all aspects of their child’s
education and school experience. As a result, parents and school are effective partners.
The Leadership team and Governors actively promote and role model the school’s vision and
values; they are forward thinkers, wider thinkers and intuitive thinkers. They are trusted by
children, parents and staff to maintain high standards, lead change and work for the best interest
of the school community.


At St Luke’s we are all God’s children; we learn to care and we care to learn.

 

Our School Christian Values

 

Trust
Trust is the very essence of faith, trust in God who is trustworthy. God is acknowledged as all true
security and strength; we need to place our trust in faith, family and community and not just in
our modern day materials and communications. Trust is essential to all human life and lies at the
heart of all relationships. Trust requires vulnerability, putting yourself in others hands. Trust is
central to a community, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured. When
we work with others, we need to be willing to let go of control and trust in the ability and integrity
of others, as Jesus entrusted his ongoing work to his disciples and ultimately to us.
- Trust and be trusted.


Forgiveness
Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive. He encouraged us to forgive and to keep
on forgiving without limit. When Jesus declared a person’s sins to be forgiven, it often aroused the
anger of those who were less willing to forgive than he was and yet a prayer for the forgiveness
of his persecutors was on Jesus’ lips when he died. We forgive because we are forgiven. The Bible
says “Be compassionate and be kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ forgave
you”. Forgiveness cannot be given or received unless it is asked for, and the asking must be
genuine and from the heart. We must understand that forgiveness can be truly liberating for both
the person who is forgiven and for the person who forgives.
- Forgive and ask for forgiveness.


Humility
The Bible makes it clear that God is on the side of the humble and against the proud. The words
humility and humanity are directly linked, both born from the word humus meaning ‘Earth’. God
made us from the Earth and in being humble we remember to remain grounded. Jesus washed the
feet of his Disciples at the Last Supper, this turned upside down the normal relationship between
master and disciple, leader and follower. Jesus is very clear about the meaning of his action: “Now
that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I
have set you an example that you should do as I have done”. Being humble and offering our
service involves sacrifice, putting ourselves out for someone else’s benefit, just as the Good
Samaritan showed us. Being humble is not about being restricted, it’s about becoming truly free.
- Be humble and serve one another.

 

Hope
Sometimes hope can be used in a trivial way, we hope it will not rain for playtime or we hope that
we will get the present we asked for. At a deeper level, hope serves to keep us going when times
are tough. People hope for peace in time of war; food in time of famine, justice in time of
oppression. Hope creates energy and sustains people through difficult times. True hope is much
more than a general idea that things will get better; it is more than a belief in progress. Christian
hope is grounded in the character of God where it is rooted in love and faith. It is not wishful
thinking but it is trusting in God’s strength. Hope is not always easy. There is work to be done. As
well as trusting God, we have to develop qualities of determination, commitment and courage in
our own character.
- Hope and keep faith.


Justice
We can think about justice as giving wrongdoers the punishment they deserve; “an eye for an eye,
a tooth for a tooth”. However justice also means giving people what is right and fair to have: life,
health, freedom, love, respect and dignity. The Bible teaches us to deal with everyone fairly and
to never show partiality to one group above another. Throughout the Bible justice is important to
God; “For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face”. Justice is not about
a community which encourages everyone to only think about themselves; justice is about a
community that knows that everyone’s well-being is bound up with that of everyone else.
- Be fair.


Resilience
Resilience is the quality of being able to adapt to life changes and ‘bounce back’ from hardship.
Christians are upheld by God’s power which helps them to be more resilient; “we are pressed on
every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck
down, but not destroyed”, The key to resilience is faith in the Lord; “though he may stumble, he
will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand”. Resilience doesn’t mean that we won’t hurt,
it means that we won’t keep hurting.
Resilience is coping with all that life gives; change, loss, disappointment, failure and setbacks.
Resilience requires courage and wisdom. Our enemy to resilience in the incorrect assumption that
we know how things will end. When a situation seems out of our control and does not appear to
be going the way we want, we can only see disaster in our path. Resilience is knowing that,
however difficult a situation might be, there is always hope and repair, for the Lord will always
direct your path.
-Bounce back.

SIAMS Report 2015

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