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.
|April and May - Honesty|
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” - Luke 16:10
|February and March - Citizenship|
|Developing an understanding of ‘Citizenship’ helps children's social development enabling them to engage with others and provides opportunities for responsible and active citizenship. Exploring the themes of honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility and courage and then making connections between those themes and children’s lives is the key to developing a true understanding of the concept. |
During February, we will explore the value of good citizenship and seek opportunities to contribute to our local and wider community through our positive actions.
|January - Curiosity|
|The world of a young child is full of new experiences. A very young child will touch, taste, smell, take apart, watch, listen, and learn more than at any other time in life. It is, simply, how we learn. Curiosity grows from the safe and familiar. A secure child with a familiar adult will be excited by the world around them. They will explore and ask dozens of questions. In contrast, an insecure child might quietly tolerate their surroundings and feel mostly discomfort. In safe and familiar settings, we seek novelty. When we feel overwhelmed, we seek familiarity. The challenge is that learning opportunities must be safe and familiar as well as novel and stimulating. Shared discovery gives the greatest pleasure.|
During January, we will be asking the children to explore an aspect of the world about which they are curious and to share their learning with others.
|December - Kindness|
|We have all experienced kindness; we know how important it is. But, there is more than just anecdotal evidence to support that kindness is important. Scientific studies have shown that performing random acts of kindness is good for our health. They improve our life satisfaction by increasing our sense of belonging and self-worth, and they improve our health by decreasing negative feelings. Also, these benefits apply to the giver of kindness, the recipient of kindness, and anyone who witnesses the act! So, every act of kindness improves the lives of at least three people! The more we give or treat people kindly, the more we inspire others to give and practise kindness. Kindness has been defined for children as being friendly, generous or considerate to them self and others through their words and actions. Small gestures make a big difference such as holding a door open for someone or giving up a seat on a bus. |
This Christmas, as we continue to work and live together during challenging times, I ask that all members of the St Agatha’s School community find every opportunity to practise kindness in their everyday interactions.
|November - Honour|
|When we think about honour, we can easily restrict our thinking to respectful behaviour; being polite, courteous, and having good manners. This however, is a rather narrow understanding and is only a small part of what honour actually is. Honour comes when you recognise a person's worth or value – it comes from the heart. Respect acknowledges a person's position, while honour attaches worth to that person. |
During November we will be exploring this value by thinking about what makes a good role model and by discussing:
• how to treat people as special;
• how we can do more than what is expected;
• how it is important to have a good attitude in all things;
• and how we can all be a good Role Model.
|October - Citizenship|
|Studying ‘Citizenship’ helps children's social development enabling them to engage with others, to develop understanding of their communities and provides opportunities for responsible and active citizenship. Advocating the five themes of citizenship - honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility and courage - is not enough. Exploring those themes, talking about them, and making connections between those themes and children’s lives are the keys to developing a true understanding of the concepts. |
During October, we will explore the value of good citizenship through class discussions and role play.
|September - Ambition|
|Ambition is the strong wish to achieve something. It requires self-belief, determination and an ability to learn from mistakes. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, failed many times before he developed a light bulb that actually worked. His famous line, "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work," is a saying used today to illustrate that failure is part of the learning process. There are many ways that we can nurture ambition in children. |
During September, we will be considering the concept of ‘ambition’ and asking the children to reflect on their own ambitions and the steps to take in order to realise those ambitions.