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School Mission and Values

 

 

Our Mission Statement

 

St. Joseph’s family

Learn together

With love and faith in Jesus,

To become the people

God calls us to be.

 

'We Work, We Care, We Pray, We Share'

 

 

‘St. Joseph’s family learn together….’

St. Joseph's vision for the children, is that they leave St. Joseph’s having achieved their full potential in all areas and have the necessary skills and knowledge to flourish to their next phase of education and life. As children learn and grow, we want them experience a deep sense of joy in everyday life and to feel happy, confident and full-filled, having enjoyed an enriching curriculum at St. Joseph’s. We want us to approach our curriculum with enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge. Through a broad, diverse curriculum and for children to develop new interests and passions.

Children need a world class education which enables them to grow in wisdom, knowledge and a skills so that they may have a transformational impact upon society. We want children to receive  an exceptional curriculum by inspirational, knowledgeable teachers who deliver academic excellence for all. We want our curriculum to enable long-term learning.

 

‘With love and faith in Jesus….’

Children at St. Joseph’s experience faith in action everyday as it underpins all aspects of school life and staff and the community work hard to fulfil their Catholic mission; we want children to develop and be more in in their spiritual self and understand how to nurture and grow in faith.  We want our children to become the people God wants them to be.

 

‘To become the people God Calls us to be…’

At St. Joseph's, we want children to be ‘fired up’ about building God's Kingdom here on Earth, enacting positive change across all spheres of society. God’s Kingdom is one of peace, love, joy, unity, equality, respect, forgiveness and compassion. It is a Kingdom where all can flourish, finding belonging, purpose and fulfilment. It is a Kingdom where we receive God’s love and the promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ through Jesus. This is all about transforming society. 

 

We want our children to leave St. Joseph’s with the knowledge, skills and desires to contribute to a fairer and more sustainable world - To help build God’s Kingdom. We want them to be successful global learners: As Pope Francis said,

 

    'We are a single family living in a common home. We have a responsibility as stewards of God’s earth.’

 

 

Our School Gospel Values

 

Our Gospel 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. Although rooted in Catholic teaching, these values are also important to other faiths and cultures within our school community including those with no faith.

 

At St. Joseph's, we have ten Gospel Values. Each month, we focus on one Value. We hold an assembly at the start of each month to re-introduce the Value. This Value then becomes the main focus for the term and the children are constantly reminded how they can show these in their everyday lives. At the end of each week, children are chosen from each class that have shown the best example of this Value and an overall award presented at our weekly Celebration Assemblies. We also ensure that children get at a thorough understanding of what each value really means through our PSHE curriculum.

 

These are our monthly School Values:

 

September:  Manners

October:      Responsibility

November:   Care and Compassion

December:   Respect

January:       Honesty and Truth

February:     Peace

March:         Patience and Tolerance

April/May:    Thoughtfulness

June:           Forgiveness and Justice

July:            Friendship

 

As in our mission statement, we want children to be ‘fired up’ about building God's Kingdom here on Earth, enacting positive change across all spheres of society. God’s Kingdom is one of peace, love, joy, unity, equality, respect, forgiveness and compassion. It is a Kingdom where all can flourish, finding belonging, purpose and fulfilment. It is a Kingdom where we receive God’s love and the promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ through Jesus. This is all about transforming society. We want our children to know their place in the world and know how modern-day society has been shaped and the impact they can have in the future. We want our children to be the ‘People God wants Us to Be’. Our curriculum has been carefully designed in a way as to allow this. Our Golden Threads (Diagonal Links) run through our curriculum to help children to build God’s Kingdom here on earth and to demonstrate the Gospel Values which Jesus taught us. 

 

           

Our Curriculum Golden Threads

 

We help children to achieve our mission statement through our key knowledge Golden threads:

 

  • Diversity
  • Identity
  • Community
  • Sustainability
  • Equality

 

In additition to our Golden Threads, which weave throughout our curriculum, we promote and recognise our British Values. Together with our Golden Threads, our British Values, allow our children to fulfil our Mission and become 'The People God Calls Us to Be'. 

 

The values of the British Society in which we live:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty 
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance
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