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Vision and Values

Ethos

Education at Trent Young's CE School takes place within a Christian-based atmosphere and environment where we put God’s love into action. We provide a caring and supportive learning environment, underpinned with challenge and high expectations, which nurtures each child as they achieve their full and unique potential. We are aware that each child has different interests, strengths and needs which will influence the way in which they learn. Our Golden Rule is to treat others how you would like to be treated yourself. 

 

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

 

Our Vision

Let your light shine Matthew 5:14-16

 

Our vision for each member of our community stems from Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

Being the best we can be, for ourselves and others

At Trent Young’s CE School, we believe that every child and adult can shine and that this can be for the benefit of all. We recognise that we are all special in God’s eyes and have unique talents, which we nurture so that each of us has the opportunity to become the very best person that God intended us to be. We want to see everyone being inspired and growing in wisdom, knowledge and dignity. We want to see children flourishing and excelling in everything that they do through providing rich experiences which give everyone the opportunity to achieve more than they ever thought possible.  We do not want the brilliant things that we do and learn to be hidden. We want to encourage our children to aspire to great things and for the light of their lives to shine and make a difference in their classrooms, throughout the school and when they return home and into their community. As we all demonstrate our Christian values of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,  in a supportive atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, our hope is that light will shine from Trent Young’s in many ways, every day - for the benefit of all and for the glory of God.

 

Valuing ourselves

We also believe that developing a sense of self-worth is of paramount importance. When he was on earth, Jesus once said: ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 8:12). However, as he spoke to those around him during the Sermon on the Mount, he also used these words: ‘You are the light of the world’. In addition to letting their light shine on others, we want our children to recognise the value of their own light: to be proud of their personal achievements; to value and respect themselves; and to know how loved they are both by God and by others. We aim to develop a Growth Mindset so that the members of our school are able to face the future with hope and aspiration and embrace all that life has to offer.

The words of the Sermon on the Mount remind us that a light should not be put under a bowl – it should give light to everyone, including oneself. In possession of God’s light and His love, it is possible for us all to show something of his light in our families, in our school, in our community and throughout the world.

 

​​Christian Values

Our school values are taken from Galatians 5:22-23; 

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

 

Daniel England, pastor from the local charity Vine Youth Ministry, helped us remember these values with his own visual interpretation of the fruits of the spirit. Our Ethos Group chose to adopt these because in the words of our pupils “ they are easy to remember” . 

 

 

 

 

 

Love -I love  strawberries and they

 look a bit heart shaped. You should  love your friends and parents. (Phoebe Y2)         

 

 

 

Joy – because the banana looks like a smile! (Maxim YR)  

 

Peace - – because you have one piece of melon (Harry Y4)

Patience (forbearance) – because you have to be patient when you peel an orange (Mary

Y1) 

 

 

Kindness and Goodness            – because

they are a pair of

 values! 

 

 

Faithfulness – the apple reminds us of Adam and Eve who broke their promise to God.   

 

 

Gentleness  – the peach is gentleness because it is soft and smooth and you have to be gentle with it.  (Harriet Y6) 

 

 

 

Self Control – because you can’t just have one, you want to eat more! (Chelsea Y5)  

 

 

In addition to our biblical fruits our pupils wanted to adopt another fruit in the form of an acorn. As part of an awareness of autism project, various year groups covered a programme of work based on a character named Woodfer, a squirrel. Woodfer is different to his brothers and sisters and is often misunderstood. A major theme of this project was tolerance and the children at Trent felt this was an important value to them. As the acorn is the fruit of the oak tree, they felt is fitted perfectly as an additional fruit of the spirit!  

 

Tolerance  – because in the  story of Woodfer he isn’t like his brothers and sisters but  they still respect each other. (Leo Y3) 

 

 

 

For more information about autism and the Woodfer’s World story visit www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk 

 

 

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