Placing children at the heart of everything we do.
We consider it important that children are given strong moral and spiritual guidance as part of their education, so they are able to judge right from wrong and develop their own spirituality.
At Southbroom St James we believe that spiritual development is not necessarily religious but is a ‘concern to foster the growth of the human spirit’. We consider that spiritual development is about helping children to develop academically but more importantly personally so that they become well rounded and ready to take their place in society fulfilled, happy, spiritually aware and socially and emotionally engaged. We believe that spirituality is essential for personal happiness. No child is complete without spiritual engagement, be it through art, music, literature, nature etc.
Our Christian values are based on how God created each one of us to follow in his footsteps. As a school we believe that everyone is amazing, loved, valued, wonderful and unique, because God made us that way.
In our discussions, worships and celebrations we focus on the values of: courage, forgiveness, friendship, perseverance, respect, trust. We believe that compassion runs through all values and is central to our work with children.
We teach these values explicitly through our daily collective worship, using the publication ‘Roots and Fruits’ as a starting point. This is supplemented by other resources linking to the liturgical year as appropriate. Worship is then extended into the classroom and into daily life in and outside school. Parents receive a newsletter each term giving further details of the focus value for that term and certificates are given out in our Family Worship every Friday morning to celebrate achievements linked to each value. We also take part in weekly open the book worships which explore stories from the bible in an interactive way and visit the Church for significant events throughout the year.