Our school has a distinctively Christian character and ethos which is central to our school vision statement:
We provide an educational experience of the highest quality, that inspires and unlocks every child’s potential as we ensure they fall on fertile ground. Everyone is valued and the most is made of every opportunity, allowing children to flourish in the security of God’s love and our school family.
The biblical basis of our vision is the Parable of the Sower. (Luke 8: 15)
‘But that, on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.’
Rawdon St. Peter’s is a Church School and we have strong links with St. Peter’s Church. We recognise the importance of developing pupils’ spirituality and moral code within the context of the Christian community and faith.
Our five Key Christian Values underpin all that we do.
The Christian distinctiveness is explicit and implicit throughout school life, relationships and the curriculum. All members of the school community experience Christianity through the life of the school, as well as through the taught curriculum.
Religious Education is a core subject at our school and is taught weekly in every class. As a Church School, although Christianity forms the major theme in Religious Education lessons, we also foster an understanding of other religions. As a result, our children gain a greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. They are also able to appreciate the faith of others and develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and practices. We want every child to leave our school knowing they are valued, wonderful and unique, because God made them that way.
Collective Worship has a central place in the life of our school.
It can be defined as the coming together of our school community to consider matters which we hold in greater worth. It is an affirmation and celebration of ideals and values of central importance to our school community.
Each week the school has a focused theme, which is shared through class and whole school Collective Worship.
Around Our School
We have changing displays around the school, showcasing different elements of the curriculum and demonstrating the importance of Christianity. Each class has its own RE display nearby their classroom and a reflection area inside.
Each School Hall has an altar table, on to which a candle, bible and cross lay. A worship table and display can be found within each classroom, containing items for class based worship, the current theme, responses and prayers.
Within the school playground we have The Hive. This is an outdoor garden space which can be used for outdoor prayer and reflection. Seating arrangements allow for class or small group worship opportunities.