“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.”
– Dalai Lama
“Where learning has no limits”
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– Corinthians 1 13:13
FAITH, HOPE, LOVE!
In late 2021 we altered our school values. These values play a huge part in our children’s lives, helping them see that they are not only an important part of the educational process but also to their overall development as individuals. For us as a school, their importance should never be underestimated. We live in a changing world, `and we want our values to reflect this, that we are a church school which belongs to a strong community and a diverse wider world.
We collaborated closely with all stakeholders, church, community, governors, staff, parents and children to consider what we wanted our new values to be and portray. In launching these new values, we planned some special events. The hot air balloon being the highlight.
St Gregory’s Primary School, a Christian foundation, aims to be a place where:
- Children and staff explore and develop the meaning and role of faith in their life and that of the wider community so as to experience “life in all its fullness”;
- Each child comes to understand that ‘learning has no limits’ and is able to develop their academic, creative and sporting talents to their full potential;
- Staff have high expectations of themselves and the children; their exemplary teaching ensures pupils develop both the discipline of study and the joy of learning, in the context of a safe, caring and happy environment;
- The school community is outward looking, welcoming and working with parents, and inspiring children to engage with the local community and the wider world;
- All seek to demonstrate daily the values we believe to be a sure foundation for fulfilling lives: respect, courage, thankfulness, forgiveness, honesty and friendship
At St Gregory’s we aim that Religious Education will:
- Provoke challenging and ‘deep’ questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
- Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether religious or non- religious), in the light of what they learn as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
- Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
- Teach pupils to develop respect for each other, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.
- Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
- Develop a sense of awe and wonder and mystery.
Our Young Worship Ambassadors-
These children work closely with Reverend Gaenor and our RE lead teacher Mrs Cook-Paine to plan and deliver collective worship – both in school and in the church. They take a lead role in key services for example Remembrance. Find out more on our Young Worship Ambassadors
SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)
We are pleased that our last SIAMS inspection in 2017 gave St Greg’s an overall rating as good.
“Children have a developing understanding of Christian values which they articulate with growing confidence, beginning to recognise the contribution these make to their lives and achievements”