Loving to Learn, Learning to Love
As a whole school we have been recently revisited our vision of 'Loving to Learn, Learning to Love'. The word ‘Love’ stands out in our vision as the most important value and we have been thinking about what love is and what this should mean for all of us at Fishponds Church of England Academy.
As a Church of England Primary school, we underpin all that we do from the teachings found in the Bible. The Bible passage that we have chosen to underpin all that we do in school is:
1 Corinthians 13 v 4-7 - Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful; It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; It is not irritable or resentful; It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
We have chosen this passage because it gives a really clear explanation about what ‘love’ is and how we should treat one another. The historical context of the passage also means a lot to us. This passage forms part of a letter written by St Paul in AD 50 -58, he was writing to some of the first Christians to explain how to live in well in the city of Corinth. Corinth was a city of many cultures, languages and belief systems, much like our own community of Fishponds. This means this passage is still relevant today! We believe that if every one of us lived our lives by the principles of this text, the world would be a much better place! We have adjusted our values in order to align with the passage. (See image to the right)
Essentially, as a school, our aim is to teach the children in our care to love one another, develop skills that enable positive relationships to blossom. We maintain hope and believe that all children can be successful in learning the skills and knowledge needed to flourish in life. We will continue to persevere and believe that we can make a positive difference to all who come through the doors of our school.
As a school community, we have established a number of core values. We understand that these values need to be lived as well as taught by everyone in our school.
Our Values for Life
We have 12 core values based on the Bible passage above. These values although rooted in the Bible are really 'Values for Life' and transcend all faiths or walks of life.
We focus on one of our 'Values for Life' every term. For example 'Love' or 'Respect'. Each week in collective worship (assembly) sessions, a new question is explored. These are our 'Questions of the Week' and help guide and develop our thinking about each value. As a school, we want to enable all children to develop their own spirituality and learn to live life showing these values.