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Christian Distinctiveness

 

Christian Community

Olveston CEVC Primary School aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian Belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experiences it offers to all its pupils. As a Church of England Primary School we promote a Christian ethos and an understanding of the beliefs and traditions of the Christian faith as interpreted by the Church of England. Christian based assemblies are held every day and children are encouraged to develop a reflective spirituality.  Prayers are said every day.

 

Mission statement

We nurture and develop children’s love of learning through an inclusive school environment. Our distinctive Christian ethos permeates all aspects of school life, developing confident and respectful learners. We value being at the heart of the local community, linking school, church and families; past, present and future. Our forward looking school has British values at its core, challenging and inspiring children to develop the independence and resilience to guide them through life as citizens of the world.

 

Ethos

Olveston CEVC Primary School aims to provide each child with the opportunity to achieve his or her potential regardless of background. We endeavour to do this by promoting the whole child: spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical. While in our care, we want every child to believe that they are amazing, loved, valued, wonderful and unique, because God made them that way.

‘Anything is possible if a person believes’ Mark 9:23

 

Spirituality

We consider it important that children are given strong moral and spiritual guidance as part of their education, so they are able to judge right from wrong and develop their own spirituality. 

At Olveston CEVC Primary School we believe that spiritual development is not necessarily religious but is a ‘concern to foster the growth of the human spirit’.  We consider that spiritual development is about helping children to develop academically but more importantly personally so that they become well rounded and ready to take their place in society fulfilled, happy, spiritually aware as well as socially and emotionally engaged. We believe that spirituality is essential for personal happiness. No child is complete without spiritual engagement, be it through art, music, literature, nature etc.

'Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to be angry' James 1:19

 

 

Christian Values

We teach the Christian values explicitly through our daily collective worship, using the publication Values for Life as a starting point. This is then extended into the classroom and in to daily life in school. In addition to Values for Life we visit the Church for significant events.

As our pupils are at the heart of our Christian family, they chose values which they believe is at the heart of their school journey: RESPECT, FRIENDSHIP, HAPPINESS, COURAGE and SUCCESS. They have chosen Bible teachings to root these values to God’s love for us.

‘Every weakness you have is an opportunity for God to show his strength in your life’ 2 Corinthians 12:9