'Shine Like A Star' Philippians 2:15
At Wincle CE Primary School, all stakeholders have collectively created our school vision:
Due to being small, we are able to treat pupils uniquely. They know they are loved by God, and have potential to ‘Shine Like Stars’ (Philippians 2:15) not only in their lives, but in others too. Due to this close relationship, children are supported on a personalised learning journey, leading to high achievement and success.
Our main aim is for our pupils to 'Shine like Stars' which is taken from Philippians, 2:15.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. —Philippians 2:14-16
To break this down to aid understanding for all our pupils, we have created an acronym:
As a Church of England School, we are aware that some of our families may not be practising Christians. Our aim is to nurture those who have a Christian faith, encourage those who have a faith and challenge those who don’t have a faith. We want all pupils to feel included, safe, secure and valued.
To link with our vision, we have identified five Christian values which underpin our whole ethos and curriculum. These are:
We are all different but we are all special, and we celebrate our differences. We treat others as we would like to be treated.
‘Encourage One Another and build each other up’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Respect is an important core value in our schools because it is the foundation stone of relationships within our school and wider community. In our community, we learn that God made us all different and unique.
This is something that we celebrate together. We learn to value ourselves, each other and the wider community through honesty, tolerance and trust, where everyone has an equal right to our care, time and attention as a reflection of God’s love. This means valuing differences and showing tolerance. The ‘golden rule’ is:
‘Treat others as you would want them to treat you’ Matthew 7:12
Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of respect and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of respect within school. This includes recognising others in our prayers, listening to others when they are talking to us, valuing others ideas and understanding that others may have different opinions. Looking after school property and resources and thinking about how talk to others in a respectful way etc. Each term, we focus on a core value and lead an enquiry-based approach to learning with the core value running as a golden thread through all subjects.
Compassion is caring about someone else’s feelings and trying our best to understand how others might be feeling, and offering to help that person.
‘The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger in rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.’ Psalm 145: 8-9
We can show that we are kind and caring by doing acts of kindness for anyone, friends, family or even people we don’t know. We show ‘Random acts of kindness’. We donate to charities. We try to be kind to everyone even if we are not friends or we don’t always get along.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
We aim to follow the example of Jesus and treat others as we would wish to be treated
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8
We try to put ourselves in others’ shoes and think about how they might be feeling. We talk to people about how they are feeling if they want to and we pray for those who need it.
Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of compassion and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of compassion within school. This includes remembering others in our prayers, helping others when they need it, being a friend when someone is sad or upset, thinking about how our words and actions can make other’s feel etc. Each term, we focus on a core value and lead an enquiry-based approach to learning with the core value running as a golden thread through all subjects.
At Wincle, we have high hopes and aspirations for our future, our school and community. We also understand that faith gives us hope for both now and for the future, and that this hope brings confidence. Hope for us means that there is always a future whatever situation we are in, because God promised to never leave us, to always love us, and to help us in times of need.
What makes hope a distinctively Christian value? Christian hope is rooted in God’s love for us. Christians believe that: God has our best interests at heart; God will never leave us; God will provide for us when we are in need; God knows us (even the number of hairs on our head!); and God promises us of a better life to come. When we are in our darkest time, God is there, and will help us. Hope is grounded in the character of God; the Bible is full of stories of how God changes situations.
We see hope shown in the Christian narrative in many ways. The resurrection gives us hope for eternal life. The gospel stories tell of hope, for example the woman who touched Jesus’ robe (“If I just touch his clothes I will be healed.”). The rainbow after the flood is a sign that God will never break his covenant of love with us. God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, when slavery seemed their destiny. The lost coin and the lost sheep tell us of the lengths God will go to bring us back.
At Wincle, we develop our value of hope through: never giving up on our pupils; wanting the best for them academically and in their character; helping them see light despite the darkness; investing in our families; and learning about prayer.
Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of hope and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of hope within school. Each term, we focus on a core value and lead an enquiry-based approach to learning with the core value running as a golden thread through all subjects.
The word integrity comes from the same Latin root as integer and implies a wholeness of person. Just as we would talk about a whole number, so also we can talk about a whole person who is undivided. A person of integrity is living rightly, not divided, nor being a different person in different circumstances. A person of integrity is the same person in private that he or she is in public.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about those who were “pure in heart” (Matt. 5:8), implying an undividedness in following God’s commands. Integrity, therefore, not only implies an undividedness, but a moral purity as well.
The Bible is full of references to integrity, character, and moral purity. Consider just a few Old Testament references to integrity. In 1 Kings 9:4, God instructs Solomon to walk with “integrity of heart and uprightness” as his father did. David says in 1 Chronicles 29:17, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” And in Psalm 78:70-72 we read that “David shepherded them with integrity of heart, with skilful hands.”
Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of integrity and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of integrity within school. Each term, we focus on a core value and lead an enquiry-based approach to learning with the core value running as a golden thread through all subjects.
Perseverance is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. It is persistence, tenacity, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, staying power, purposefulness and firmness of purpose.
In the Bible, the word ‘perseverance’ seems to occur most in phrases where a person is facing adversity. Often the story tells of people facing something that seems to be pushing them beyond their own resources and then God reminds them of the support and strength that is available. Perseverance seems to be much more closely linked to trust than to self-reliance. It is still perseverance. It is still difficult. It always requires stepping out into territory that is unknown and open to risk and often doing so alone. It was shown by Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Paul and, most of all, by Jesus. It was very hard for them to do what was required, but the strength came from a trust that what was being done was right and that they would be supported by God.
Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of perseverance and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of perseverance within school. Each term, we focus on a core value and lead an enquiry-based approach to learning with the core value running as a golden thread through all subjects
‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me’. Philippians 4.13
Each term, the pupils, staff and parents come together to work on our school vision and core values. We spend time identifying the meaning of each statement in our vision and learn about key people from the bible who have demonstrated such characteristics.
In January 2023, the parents and pupils worked together to come up with ideas on how we can best achieve our vision in the future:
* create an enriching and outstanding rural education:
*lots of active learning *drawing workshop
*going to live experiences – theatre/museums/art exhibitions *Wincle walk
*more science experiments and science club *try different sports – like skiing
*more trips – football stadiums, museums and Edale *more opportunities to work with artists
*make bird houses for the Peak Park *stay over at Back Dane
*learn how to garden and look after the school *more cross-country challenges
*learn with the Peak Park *bird spotting and learn the names of all the birds
*trips to the beach *ask Peak Park rangers to come in more
*teach each other what we already know *learn about how we can look after Wincle more
*more campfires and marshmallows *school allotment
* nurtures the whole individual: body, mind and soul:
*yoga sessions before starting work *more singing and dancing, as well as more performing arts
*more dojos *reading pet/therapy animal/school pet
*learn to play the recorder and other instruments *more use of outdoor space
*get involved in nature and wildlife *mix as a whole school more
*Y2 sleepover *more opportunities for exercise
*grow our own vegetables *cook more healthy food
*more school plays *shower every day
*less video games *warmups in class
*fidget toys *time to drink more water
*My Happy Mind *meditation
*more PSHE *help each other
*easier access to sensory rooms
* inspires rounded, happy, courageous children:
*games in assembly *wake up activities *learning outside more
*more forest school *visit London *all classes to do the daily mile
*a visitor to teach children self-defence *Lego club *swimming lessons for all
*continue to learn basic first aid *longer breaks *encourage everyone to try to new things
*more booster *bike ability *more computing
* encourages children who shine in all that they say and do:
*people to come in and show us more things *try new subjects/lessons
*more whole school activities *have treats for every 50 dojos
*have a golden table at lunchtime on a Friday for the star children *extra play
*more trips/sleepovers *each child helps to cook dinner
*the dojo shop to happen more often *more rewards
*longer breaks *chances to bake/cook
*whole school rewards *hearing from positive role models
*more learning about neurodiversity and disabilities *keep fit
*pray with people when they are lonely *kind hands and feet
*children to say the prayers in worship *help the community know about the child we sponsor
*talk to charities that help people who don’t have a home
* encourages children to exhibit a passion for learning:
*science should be longer *more maths games
*messy experiments *different PE lessons
*map work *more art
*more breaks to help us concentrate *research the big bang
*painting *more times table grids
*football club at lunchtime *more clubs at lunchtime
*class to choose reading book *more committee meetings
*children to choose projects/topics *more displays of our work
*showing mummy and daddy our work more *have a jotter to jot ideas in lessons
*have a break in the afternoons *special days
*history days *do homework regularly
*more interactive days *more practical learning
* encourages pupils to have a confident faith:
*watch more videos to understand the stories from the Bible *more visitors from our faith and others
*have more displays showing stories from the Bible like a church does *more I Sing Pop
*more whole school work on our faith – Christianity *Bible study group
*more lessons in church *invite people to join our worship
*visit places of worship *encourage people to join our community
*write prayer for Easter *celebrate more festivals
*create our own books based on Bible stories *act out stories from the Bible
*think about which parts of the Bible relate to everyday *use more drama
*whole school faith day
* encourages pupils to display a loving concern for community:
*coffee mornings for local people *food parcels for all people and the elderly
*more involvement with local businesses *visits to learn about/help out at local farms in Wincle
*fun day at school to raise money for locally based charity *litter picking
*clean river initiative *inviting members of the local community into the school
*memory day of what Wincle used to be like – have pictures/memories display – can compare then and now
*ask others how they are *Wincle post box
*more church services *ask local farmers for their products
*litter picking *organise parking
*check on vulnerable members of the community *become more sustainable
*solar panels on the roof *plant more plants around school
*turn the fort into a wildlife area *make posters
*go for walks and say hello
* encourages the pupils to show inclusive respect for all:
*group activities with all children from different classes like the saints’ groups
*ideas for games so everyone can play at break/lunch time and leaders to teach games
*team building assault courses *a chance to show the class/school what you are good at
*opportunities to cook and bake
*teach people who struggle to communicate other ways of speaking: sign language etc
*have another diversity workshop *appreciate people with differences
*more education about bullying *more education about wildlife
*help people if they’re hurt *promote using kind words
*more activities about friendships *learn how we are different
Take a look at our photo gallery of photographs from our vision and values workshops:
Click here to view some our prior learning.
What is happiness? Click here to see the lesson plan.
How can we shine in what we do? Click here to see the lesson plan.
How can we shine in all that we say? Click here to see the lesson plan.
How can we nurture body, mind and soul? Click here for the lesson plan.
What is a confident faith? Click here for the lesson plan.
How can we show a loving concern for community? Click here for the lesson plan
How can we inspire others? Click here for the lesson plan.