Our School Vision and Values:
Our Church School is a warm and welcoming place where everyone is valued. The open, friendly atmosphere provides a secure and safe environment where all can succeed. We foster positive attitudes, good social skills and an enthusiasm for learning, embraced by the Christian framework. Through discussion with our children, parents/grandparents and staff we selected 8 values we feel our school community represents. These 8 values are:
Happiness: "The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." (Psalm 28:7)
Peace: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” God. (Matthew 5:9)
Truth: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (John 1:8)
Respect: “Treat others as you want to be treated.” (Luke 6:31)
Teamwork: “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:10)
Dedication: "So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD” (Samuel 1:28)
Trust: “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Pslams 9:10)
Love: “Do everything with love.” (Corinthians 16:14)
Inspirational question: Which of our school values do you feel is the most important and why?
In all that we do as a school community we refer to our values as this helps us to think, act and reflect upon our actions within school and our wider daily lives. We endeavor to meet the holistic needs of all our children. At Stanley St Andrew’s we hold mental health at the heart of everything we do, ensuring that both children and staff alike have the opportunity to stop, reflect and have time to talk if needed.
As a school we work hard within the local community to ensure that we live well together and support each other in our village. We have close links with the church, post office and pub these relationships enable us to help to prepare our children to be good citizens.
Our children visit the elderly where they serve refreshments and entertain them with singing and conversation. We are developing relationships with our local feeder pre-schools to ensure transitions are smooth and success. This includes arranging visits to them and welcoming potential parents into our school environment. This encourages all our children to build interpersonal relationships with each other and staff. It also provides the chance to develop early relationships with potential parents as they have had experience of our Christian school family and school ethos which helps support the process of applying for primary schools.
Our wider community includes our link school in India, in partnership with Derby Diocese and the CRS (Cathedral Relief Service). Staff have made annual visits to Dum Dum for several years to share expertise with colleagues in India, helping to develop their teaching skills, whilst also sharing cultural experiences between our school and theirs.
Our school is part of a collaboration of small local schools which was set up in 2017. This Skylark group gives us the opportunity as professional to work together, share training, strategic development of our schools and dialogue. Teachers and teaching assistants have developed relationships in order to help support their roles within each school. Shared INSET days have made an impact upon staff knowledge through training and moderation across the curriculum. We continue to make improvements for our collaboration family by providing opportunities for children to share their learning journeys through sports activities, arts and leadership roles.
Our values linked to the months
Starting a new year learning new rules in our new classes.
Thinking about how we live as individuals. How do your actions effect other people? "treat others as you want to be treated." Even Jesus commands us to do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Matthew 6:12
The weather is changing and there are lots of different things happening in our school, our community and the world how does this make you feel?
It might be an exciting time of the year for you with the fun of Christmas. I wonder if everyone feels the same about this time of year. Some people may feel sad, some may not celebrate Christmas what might they do instead? What happens if Christmas is a time when you are lonely or do not have family?
A new year ahead to try new things and set new challenges. A time where you can ask for help, support or share how you are feeling.
A time of the year where we can reflect on how we show others we love them, how others show they love you. Does love require gifts? What is love? How does being love make you feel? How does being loved make you feel? Should we only demonstrate our love for others on one day of the year?
Spring is approaching and the weather is changing the days are growing and more light is shared with us. What do you enjoy about spring and why?
Spring has arrived and there is a buzz of new life all around us from new growth on trees to new live being born in the fields around us. How can we show happiness? How can you share your happiness?
This is a month of transition and change, spring flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and life is starting to seem a little more joyful day by day!
June is the 6th month and marks the half way point within the year. It is a great time to reflect on what you have achieved and what you still want to achieve before the end of the year. This often involves teamwork as teamwork is much more than achieving something together it is about supporting one another. Who have you supported recently? Who has supported you?
Summer is here and we are all ready to enjoy the long days of sunshine whilst relaxing together. Whether that be playing group games, cooking together but all making memories together as a team as a friends and family. What is your favourite memory of friends and family?
Our school values board:
Our school values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
Please click the link below to see our school community living out our 8 school values.