Our vision for Weare Academy Church of England First School is that:-
'All can achieve'
Everyone is valued and respected
Relationships grow through kindness and compassion
We appreciate the importance of forgiveness
We recognise and are thankful for the opportunities we have
We are responsible for making the most of ourselves, each other and the world around us
We are a warm, welcoming and inclusive school and see ourselves as an integral part of the local community, providing an outstanding environment for children to learn. Our aim is that every child will leave our school having achieved their full potential and that they develop a love of learning; and are confident, kind and well-rounded individuals.
Our Christian values
At the heart of our school's ethos, lie our Christian values. Every half term focus on a particular value within Collective Worship and in class reflection time. We listen to stories from the bible and take time to consider how we can incorporate this value into our daily lives. Our core Christian Values are:- Thankfulness, Kindness and Compassion, Respect, Forgiveness and Responsibility.
We invited our families to share in the celebration of the harvest at St Gregory's church. Year One were invited by the Diocese of Bath and Wells to 'Taste the Harvest' at Kirlie's Farm. This is their presentation to the congregation at our Harvest Festival.
Kindness and Compassion:-
Kindness through all our interactions with each other.
1 Corinthians 16:14 'Whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.'
Our Reception children developed their experience of kindness in the local and wider community.To complement the whole school focus on the Christian value of 'kindness' this term, Reception Class wrote their own list of kindness deeds for advent. Smiling, playing with lonely people, sharing favourite toys and saying sorry were just some of their wonderful ideas!
The children also wanted to, "help people who need our help", so the children completed a 30-minute sponsored silence to raise money for Cheddar Food Bank. Thank-you to all the parents and businesses who supported the event. We raised a massive £179.50! Cheddar Food Bank have asked for a list of food items to be delivered in January.
The children also wanted to, "give somebody a toy who doesn't have any". The children donated one of their own toys and made their own patterned wrapping paper. The Axbridge Healthcare team will be distributing the toys to local families in need.
We also made Christmas cards for refugees in Syria in conjunction with Taunton's RAFT.
Well done Reception Class!
Our Year 4 children extended their understanding of kindness to empathy and acts of kindness as part of their PSHE and Citizenship lessons. As part of their learning, the children made great connections with the local community by offering to carry out acts of kindness for them. This involved all the children and several volunteering adults visiting local neighbours to help out with outdoor jobs such as raking leaves, moving logs, cleaning windowsills, sweeping steps and driveways.
In addition, several of the children visited the church to help clean the church rooms. Reverend Judith Jeffery and the community members who participated, were very appreciative of the children's contributions, and the children thoroughly enjoyed being able to help out and see the impact of their kindness.
Thank you Year Four!
Respect by valuing every individual for their uniqueness, celebrating similarities and differences and all that they bring to our school community.
1 Peter 2:16 'Show respect for everyone'.
Forgiveness because we understand that we all make mistakes.
Matthew 18:22 ' "How often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" "No!" Jesus replied, "seventy times seven!"
Each class has its own reflection corner. We share stories and events which affect us as individuals and as members of society, and display some of our ideas in this special place.
Accepting personal responsibility means taking ownership of your own behaviour and the consequences of that behaviour. Colossians 3: 23. "Work hard cheerfully at whatever needs to be done".