Values

Clearwater Primary C of E Academy is a church school and has at its core has 6 very important Christian values: joy, compassion, community, respect, responsibility and courage. These values will be at the forefront of everything we do as a school community.

Through these values we are committed to continuing the great start you as parents have given your child. We will join you in the education of your child, teaching and instilling a love of learning and equipping them with the skills to lead fulfilling lives.

Here are some poems about our values, written by our Year 1 pupils:

Compassion

The important thing about compassion is looking after people.

The important thing about compassion is to be kind to everybody.

The important thing about compassion is being friendly to people.

But the most important thing about compassion is looking after people.

Respect

The important thing about respect is being kind to others.

Being nice to my Mummy and Daddy so they are nice back.

Being nice to your teachers. Being helpful to your brothers and your sisters.

But the most important thing about respect is being kind to others.

Community

The important thing about community is that it gets bigger.

Community means that you should be nice to everyone.

Community means that you should be caring to everyone.

But most important thing about community is that it gets bigger.

Joy

The important thing about joy is that it make you smile.

Joy is like a nice feeling.

It is a happy feeling.

It makes you laugh.

It is a powerful time.

But the most important thing about joy is that makes you smile.

Respect

The important about respect is looking after our environment.

Your kind to your mum and dad and you love them.

You care for your family.

But the most important thing about respect is looking after our environment.

We will provide a caring, warm and safe environment in which they can learn and flourish. They will receive the highest educational provision underpinned by our Christian values.

The values of joy, compassion, community, respect, responsibility and courage are the attributes we want our children to leave with. While these are inclusive of human values, we try to anchor them into the Christian faith by relating them to the Bible through stories and readings. Please see below how we have linked our values to passages in the Bible.

Courage – Psalm 46: 1-2 God is with us

Community – Matthew 15: 32-39 Jesus feeds many people

Responsibility – Luke 15: 1-7 The Lost Sheep

Respect – Matthew 5: 14-16 Light for the whole world

Compassion – Luke 10: 25-37 Parable of the Good Samaritan

Joy – Psalm 104 God the maker

Worship

The school meets daily for collective worship, which, as the Education Act states, ‘is wholly or mainly of a broad Christian character, the main emphasis being on the broad traditions of Christian belief.”

Collective worship is an important and special part of our school day and reflects Anglican beliefs, practices and values in accordance with the requirements of the Trust Deed. Worship themes around our Christian values are planned to foster the pupil’s spiritual development, experience awe and wonder, to promote willingness to reflect on their own experiences and those of others and to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus.

We are privileged to welcome pupils to our school from all faiths and none and from diverse cultures and lifestyles. Our collective worship is open to all, providing an opportunity to share in an experience which is emotional, reflective and invites the community to explore life through the lens of our vision and values. Pupils and adults are invited to engage in worship without compulsion and in a way that never compromises their integrity or dignity.

Worship is led by the Head Teacher, members of the teaching staff, visiting clergy and the Open the Book Team. We aim for our worship to be creative and inspirational by giving our pupils opportunities to listen to and act out stories, to listen to music and sing, pray and have time to reflect. From time to time worship takes place in the classroom and the children are given opportunities to reflect on our school Christian values. Pupils will be encouraged, when appropriate, to help to plan and/or lead worship.  This may take a variety of form, including being encouraged to ask and answer questions; act or mime a story; reading poems, prayers and stories; exploring artwork or leading the music/singing.

Links with St. James Parish Church of Quedgeley and Kingsway

Our school has strong relationships with the clergy of St. James Parish Church who visit the school on regular basis.

We visit St James regularly to celebrate key events including Christmas, Easter and Harvest, and to enhance our RE work. We work closely with Fr John and his team.

Spiritual Reflection

Each classroom has a designated Spiritual Reflection area where the children are encouraged to use these to reflect on the world around them. ‘Spiritual development’ is a very difficult term to define. It applies to all pupils, not only those from a religious background. Similarly, the potential for spiritual development is open to everyone. In an educational context it should not be thought of narrowly in terms of developing religious beliefs nor of conversion to a particular faith. The children think about windows, mirrors and doors as a way of thinking about the world around them.

“Windows are for looking out onto the world and becoming aware of its wonders, both the ‘wows’ and ‘ows’; things that are ‘awe-full’ and make us wonder and be grateful and things that are ‘awful’ and make us wonder and ask questions.

Mirrors are for looking into and reflecting, alone and together, to see things more clearly, for thinking and asking important questions learning from our own and each other’s responses…

Doors are for looking through in order to then act or express this in some way in response; for moving on, making choices, and doing something creative, active and purposeful in response.”

Taken from:

Spiritual Development

Interpretations of spiritual development in the classroom

The Church of England Education Office

October 2019