SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT
’DREAM, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE’
“With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
At St Mary’s we line our school vision with the Diocese. We believe that each learner is uniquely created by God and special to him and should be supported to flourish in their potential as a child of God. This vision is supported through our school motto “Dream, Believe, Achieve”. We want the children to aspire to be the best that they can be.
Our school is a safe and happy place, based on Christian principles, where we care for each other, grow together, follow our dreams and aspire for excellence in all we do. Individuals are given opportunities to recognise their self-worth and use their sense of belief to allow them to achieve whatever they set their mind to. Learners are encouraged to ‘dream and believe’ through self-reflection and recognise achievements in themselves and others. Learners understand that they can accomplish their potential when working collaboratively in many different contexts.
Supporting us to achieve our vision are our key Christian Values of Friendship, Perseverance, Compassion, Respect, Courage and Thankfulness which lie at the heart of everything we do. Each one contributes towards achieving our motto:
- Friendships support us during our learning and our play allowing us to work together as a team to achieve dreams we set for ourselves. Individuals are encouraged to ‘Love thy neighbour’ within the community of school and Hinckley itself.
- Learners need to persevere in order to achieve the dreams they set for themselves as they aim high within their school life, this will support them to achieve more. We foster children’s individuality and strive to reach high standards for all.
- Doing the right thing and treating everyone with respect ensures our school environment is a safe and nurturing place, enabling all learners to believe in themselves, celebrate their differences and achieve.
- Kindness and Compassion encourages the children to respect and care for themselves, each other and the environment. This ‘togetherness’ allows everyone to achieve their dreams through the support of others. All individuals have a voice and know that their views and opinions are valued.
- Having aspirational dreams as learners takes courage in order to believe they can and will achieve them. Staff foster a love and enjoyment of learning, ensuring children are more willing to break barriers and have the confidence to achieve. They are given support to question and search for answers. They provide a supportive, stimulating but challenging environment to enable all children to fulfill their potential.
- Thankfulness encourages the children to be grateful for what they have, to thank God for his love and support in their lives and to help them to develop into polite, respectful individuals.
- Our distinctly Christian values make a positive difference to those around us. They underpin our teaching and learning and the daily life of the school and the ethos of St. Mary’s. They are demonstrated through our collective worship, prayer, reflections and within many curriculum opportunities. We encourage full expression of each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth, all set within a strong foundation of Christian practice. We recognise that in the modern world there are a variety of faiths and as a Christian school we actively support all learners from all backgrounds of faith or other worldviews. Our RE teaching is two thirds Christianity, this ensures all learners respect and tolerate the different beliefs and opinions of others.
‘Finally, everyone must live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion and be humble’ 1 Peter 3:8
St. Mary's is a school which is warm and welcoming, to parents as well as children. Whilst at school, all of our children should feel happy and secure.
We expect children to work hard and behave well. Our School Code of Conduct is based on three simple rules.
We do not tolerate:
- any disruptive or aggressive behaviour
- racial abuse or bullying – physical, verbal or cyberbullying
We promote positive attitudes towards others and a respect for the richness of all cultures and welcome your support with this. We value everyone as individuals and celebrate all achievements.
We believe that staff, parents and visitors of St. Mary’s can contribute to actively helping children develop their understanding of these values. They can be promoted in various ways by:-
- Modelling the values directly;
- Setting appropriate boundaries for children’s behaviour;
- Showing empathy and understanding of children;
- Listening to children;
- Linking the values to acts of Collective Worship and thus encourage whole school reflection of positive behaviours
- Showing respect and understanding to everyone in the school community;
- Providing feedback in an informative way to children;
- Using positive consequences to encourage the learning of appropriate behaviour;
- Using negative consequences to discourage the learning of inappropriate behaviour;
Children may be rewarded with a VIP lanyard in Celebration Worship for living out the Christian values in school.