The life of St Agatha’s School is centred on our Catholic faith, in which we proclaim the Gospel values such as love, peace and justice, which influence all our activities and relationships.
We value and encourage the uniqueness of each child and recognise that everyone has a positive contribution to make to the life of the school community.
We value worshipping and celebrating together, sharing our Christian witness and building upon the foundations already established at home where parents are the first educators of their children.
We aim to:
- Encourage the spiritual development and prayer life of each child and help them to develop their relationship with God
- Offer a place where differences and problems are talked through and prayed through together and where success is shared and celebrated
- Provide a secure and happy environment where quality teaching and learning can take place
- Deliver a curriculum that meets the intellectual, physical and creative needs of each child as well as delivering spiritual, emotional and pastoral care
- Foster respect for, and recognise the rights of, others regardless of gender, race or ability and to offer equal opportunities to all
- Value the contribution of home, school, parish, community and diocese in our daily lives
WHAT WE ARE IS GOD'S GIFT TO US
WHAT WE BECOME IS OUR GIFT TO GOD
Reflecting on School Values
We would all agree that we want out children to grow up with good values, morals, and ethics. We also know that values need to be both modelled to children and taught explicitly. Throughout this school year we will be spending time thinking carefully about the values that are important to us at St Agatha's School.
Please see below to find out more about the values that the children will be exploring each month.
|July - Justice|
|Understanding the concept of fairness is important for young people. From an early age, we begin to develop opinions about what is fair and what is not. How many times have we heard a toddler yelling, “that’s not fair” when he/she doesn’t get their way? As we get older, our perceptions of fairness change, but they continue to be based on personal perception. This creates many teachable moments for children. What is fair to one child may seem unfair to another and what seems unfair to many, may offer opportunities to create school-wide, local or national change. It is important to teach children from a young age the importance of fairness in applying rules and laws, fighting for changes in rules, laws and behaviour and treating others with respect and tolerance at all times. |
During July, we will be reflecting on our school rules and behaviour policy. We will consider whether any changes are needed to ensure fairness and justice for all members of our school community.
|June - Teamwork|
|The ability to work together with others, as part of a team, is a vital skill used in all areas of life. Teamwork requires people to work cooperatively with others towards a shared purpose. For a team to work together effectively, it takes all members of the team to respect each other’s abilities and opinions. At school, children experience teamwork in many different forms. They work in pairs, small groups and larger groups on a variety of different things such as in PE or on projects. We know that it can feel great to be part of a team, but if a child feels excluded from a team, it can be an upsetting experience. |
During the month of June, we will be supporting children in developing their teamwork skills through a range of activities.
|May - Love|
“Let us not love in word or speech but with actions and in truth” – 1 John 3:18
The most important value you can teach your child is love. If a child learns how to give and receive love from an early age then all of the other values will fall into place. All living things require love to survive, including us. First, we must learn to love ourselves in order to develop self-esteem and self-respect. Then we can love others as we become caring, compassionate, thoughtful and kind.
|March - Perseverance|
|Perseverance is the ability to work through challenges. Having perseverance means that when you face a challenge, you use your mind and your body to overcome it. It is important to realise however, that the definition of perseverance is not “don’t give up no matter what” or “never quit". Instead, perseverance is the ability to do our best towards a goal, even though it may be a big challenge. |
During March, we will be exploring this concept of perseverance with the children and helping them to relate it to their own recent experiences.
|December - Inclusiveness|
|How do we help our children to internalize the values that underlie decisions about their actions so that they both develop a strong sense of themselves as an individual but also themselves as belonging to a wider community? Promoting connectedness and inclusion in school and the home is critical in keeping children safe and supporting all children to thrive. As we prepare for this special period in the Catholic Church, we will use the Christmas Story to illustrate and reinforce the learning.|
|November - Compassion|
|Children learn compassion through many experiences, including such things as caring for a family pet. Children who participate in programs that teach kindness, respect, empathy and compassion and who have families that reinforce those strengths at home develop into civically engaged adolescents with civic identities that last a lifetime.|
During November, we will be exploring the value of ‘compassion’ through a range of activities such as considering the ‘Compassion of Saints’, discussing examples of kind deeds within our communities and thinking about how each of us can show compassion within our own lives.
|October - Hard Work|
|Throughout October we will be considering how there is great value in hard work. How it teaches perseverance, persistence, and determination and that hard work does pays off. It teaches us to push through when times are tough. We will be exploring this concept with the children and will be helping them to develop an understanding that not everything in life comes easily. This will be done through considering the achievements of personalities in the world of sport, science and politics.|
|September - Courage|
During the month of September, we will be asking the children to consider that courage isn’t just about an heroic act but that it is also about becoming our ‘best selves’. Courage might manifest itself as a brave act but most of the time courage is quieter. It is welcoming a new child to our school, speaking out when a friend is being teased or perhaps expressing an opinion that you hold. We ask that you find opportunities, within your daily family life, to recognise and celebrate acts of courage.