Our Values and Christian Ethos
Our Christian Vision for our school community
We have chosen the 'Tree of life' as the emblem for our school.
The biblical scripture chosen for our school is Jeremiah 29 vs 11
'For I Know The Plans I Have For You' Declares the Lord, 'Plans to Prosper You and Not to Harm You, Plans to Give You Hope and a Future.'
The Tree of Life and our chosen scripture verse personify wisdom
The tree of life is an image which is central to Christianity. It is established in old testament understanding of the creation of the world, as of the relationship between God and humanity.
The personification of wisdom is seen in the tree of life. Something which is reflected through many other of the major world religions.
‘Our children are the tree and the leaves and Birmingham is their city. Our children will be the ones to bring about healing and restoration within families, schools and communities.
The scripture verse helps us to reflect on the wisdom God gave to Jeremiah, we know this because he says, ' For I know the plans I have for you’. It also stresses the importance of Christians remaining hopeful during difficult times.
A lot of our families have had to overcome many challenging circumstances, prior to their arrival at our school. It is therefore our Christian duty to provide our students with a garden and a community to live well together in and to grow, a deep and rich education in which they will put down their roots to develop wisdom, knowledge, and skills.
We will give them the sunlight to reach for hope and aspiration, and they will be tended by people who show them respect and dignity so they become respectful adults who treat others with dignity.’
From this we have developed our values through a consultation with the community and with the children.
'Growing together in Newtown'
Taking every opportunity
Opening hearts and minds
Growing in confidence and independence
Enriching and inspiring
Thoughtful and forgiving
Engaging with our community
Reaching out to God and to each other