‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ Mark 12 verse 31.
At Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School, our vision is to ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’ by promoting children’s personal, unique identity, as they belong to the school and wider community, nurturing belief in themselves and others and building their knowledge, understanding and experience of the world around them.
We want every experience in our school to expose children to an education where the best outcomes, opportunities, and results for all are achieved by working together for the good of everyone, as a demonstration of ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ Mark 12 verse 31.
We believe that our Christian distinctiveness directs and enhances our care and respect for every individual child who belongs in our school, our beliefs and goals for success and our guidance as we build for the future.
Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School is an academy school where we are proud of our Christian ethos and distinctiveness.
We are an inclusive school where every child, regardless of history, socio-economic background, special educational need, disability or ethnicity, is included as integral part of the school family. We believe that God has amazing plans and purposes for everyone’s life, and that through our Christian Values we can learn to belong as helpful, creative and supportive members of our community, believe in ourselves and others and build strong foundations for the future. We belong to a school that believes in building lives that will impact on the world around us with respect, trust and perseverance.
We want every child at Cheddon Fitzpaine school to know that they are respected and are to show respect to others, to be trustworthy and trust others and to be encouraged to build others up as they move through their primary school journey.
To belong means to ‘fit in’, and to ‘have a place’.
It is important that we all ‘have a place where we fit in’ are respected and show respect to others.
The Bible teaches that when God created the earth and all that is in it he said ‘it was good’. The Bible also says that we are made in God’s image, therefore we need to have respect for ourselves, if we do not have respect for ourselves we are not showing respect to God. In practice this means that we should always be trying to do our best in every situation so that we do not feel the regret of letting ourselves down. At Cheddon Fitzpaine, we encourage every child to do their best to achieve their God given potential in all areas of school life. We award Golden tickets to children as they display their efforts by going ‘above and beyond’ in their school work, helping others, showing respect and other activities.
Following the example of the Good Samaritan
“And when he saw him, he had compassion, bandaging his wounds, pouring on oil and wine and setting him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luke 10:33-34)
In a time when people were judged on where they came from and the life they led, the Good Samaritan triumphs as a human who turned all those judgments aside to sacrificially respected another. He set an example needed in this world – that we will be a people who show respect to others through our words and actions.
At Cheddon Fitzpaine school, we display respect through our words, attitudes, behaviour and actions to one other. We teach respect as an ‘upright’ word as it is treating people in the right way. Both the Good Samaritan and Jesus showed that respect only has true impact if it is acted upon. In our day to day life there are times when the act of showing respect may be difficult, it may mean, suppressing our own opinions and feelings to do what is right and of the greatest benefit of others. We work to rebuild broken relationships, to act out of selflessness and to treat people kindly, even if in that moment they may not deserve it. This is displayed by staff and students by the impact of our behaviour policy of Respect, Ready and Safe. ‘Respect’ is based on giving children another chance. In practice children are given a chance to change a behaviour, to forgive and be forgiven in order to rebuild relationships.
As we show respect to ourselves and others we are reflecting God’s goodness in our lives and by doing this we are sowing God respect.
To believe is to have confidence in and to trust.
Trust is established through experience.
Following the example of Daniel and the lion’s den.
‘God sent his angel to shut the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt me.’ Daniel 6 verse 22
Daniel had prayed to God every day through all the difficulties of living in a foreign land where people worshipped other gods. Over time Daniel won the trust of the king. God was faithful and provided for all Daniel’s needs which built up Daniel’s trust so that when he faced even the most extreme difficulties of the lions’ den he continued to trust God.
We teach trust as a ‘strong’ word because to trust you need strength of character just like Daniel.
To build is to encourage and inspire in order to persevere.
Following the example of the story of Noah
‘Noah did everything that God commanded.’ Genesis 6 verse 22
Noah had to persevere whilst building the ark. This was a huge task with many drawbacks. He had to be resilient when others jeered, he had to keep going when the job seemed endless. There would have been time when Noah wanted to give up, but his resilience and perseverance stayed strong.
We teach perseverance as a ‘long’ word, as there is no quick fix.
Cheddon Fitzpaine has a commitment to excellence, high standards and higher expectations. However, through the school value of perseverance, we instil in children the attitude of passion to succeed. Our children know that mistakes are made and learnt from, successes can be improved upon and life is more than the thought of getting something right or wrong. Our children are taught to be resilient and passionate to achieve all their God given potential.