We are a Church of England School which is part of a Mixed Multi-Academy Trust.
'We really care and make learning fun' permeates through all we do. In our work, with each and every child, the value of care and love guides all our actions as we help them to truly embrace:
• Caring for ourselves - keeping safe, keeping healthy, keeping fit, keeping reflective (prayerful) – it is not selfish to learn to love yourself
• Caring for others - pets, friends, all members of the school community (staff and children), visitors, neighbours, others in the outside community
• Caring for our world - the environment, the neighbourhood, the school, the classroom, the earth and its harvest
• Caring for those in need - homeless (caring charities), the sick (hospital or hospice care), the bereaved (care groups), the lonely (community care) and the elderly (care homes)
Caring for someone or something else is part of becoming the best we can be. By focusing our care on another person/animal, we become better people. Caring turns us from self-absorption into a healthier 'me’.
The Bible has so much to offer for positive personal, relational and community values, and its timeless wisdom can help pass on to the next generation the qualities of life that are most valuable. In understanding what caring really means we remember:
• Mark 12:29-31: Jesus said, 'The most important commandments are… love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength... and love others as much as you love yourselves' (= love God, love your neighbour and love yourself).
• The idea of stewardship and caring – God makes us and gives us the job of caring for the world. Genesis 1:26: God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” Genesis 2:15: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
• The teachings from the Good Samaritan ( Luke 10) with its example of who your neighbour is…..anyone in need, even our worst enemy.
• Doing good things for others in 2 Corinthians:
Generosity Encouraged: 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver……..10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed.