Believe and Achieve
Believe and Achieve is our school's vision. This is underpinned by the story of The Good Shepherd who lost his sheep (John 10:14-18). Even though returning to find his lost sheep was a dangerous mission, he put his faith in God, and believed in himself enough, to know it could be achieved. The story of The Good Shepherd helps us to remember:
St James' Christian Values
As a church school we have strong links with our local faith groups and have adopted Respect as our core value, supported by the Christian values of being compassionate and having integrity. Our faith as a church school is reflected in our mission statement which expands upon our vision.
We aim to give every individual the opportunity and support to develop their full potential within our happy, caring, Christian community.
The British values of respect, tolerance, the rule of law, liberty and democracy run in parallel with our Christian values (respect, integrity and compassion). Take a look at the document below for more information.
St James' Interpretation of Spirituality
At St James' school, spirituality is the wonder and appreciation of ourselves, others, our world and life's difficult questions.
How we appreciate ourselves, others, our world and life's difficult questions
Our children are very aware of how lucky we are and how rich our lives are compared to many others in the local and global community. We address this with our children at an age appropriate level and embed opportunities into our lives which enable us to make small differences in the hope we can make big changes.
Every year we support a number of local, national and global charities:
Each year, our school council also chooses a charity to support. These have been many and varied over the years:
to name but a few.
Being located in a small, rural village, we are very aware of the importance of community and we like to do our bit to contribute and hopefully enhance the lives of others. Things we do include:
In response to our children's concerns, we also have our own mini-recycling campaign: SAVE WASTE, SAVE LIVES! We collect:
We are not only helping to save the planet, but also contributing to very worthwhile causes at the same time. We also recycle the yoghurt pots provided in our hot lunch meals and have reviewed our morning milk routine so we no longer use plastic straws.
How we work with our local churches
The school has close links to two local churches [St. James, Holt; and Holtwood Methodist Chapel] and ministers and parishioners from both these churches regularly lead our acts of worship. Each term we are visited by our amazing Open the Book team who bring the Bible alive through their lively acts of worship.