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Ethos and Values

Our School Mission Statement

 

FAITH AND ENDEAVOUR - WE BELIEVE AND WE DO OUR BEST

 

At St Martin’s Church of England Primary School we have faith in God, faith in one another and faith in ourselves.

 

Our purpose is to provide a secure and happy learning environment where all members

 of our school community are valued as individuals, and where their achievements are recognised and celebrated.

 

Within our Christian, caring ethos we promote self-respect and respect of others both in school and within the community.

 

Our aim is to fully develop and educate the whole child, preparing them for the future.

 

 

OUR SCHOOL VALUES

Our school values are based on the Olympic 2012 values; these values reflect our Mission Statement and our Christian ethos.   Each value has a clear link to both the bible and modern society as can be seen by the quotes from the bible and from famous people.  In Pupil Voice the children have thought about how we see these values being upheld in our school.

 

In February 2016 we had a special week which we called "St Martin's Week".  During this week one of the things we did was to work  with an art company to produce the amazing pictures below of bible stories which we felt reflect our values.  You can see more of the St Martin's Week activities in the Pupils>Gallery section of the website.

Our Values in Bible Stories

Exhibiting the values

We asked a variety of members from the school community to take pictures of what the school means to the. We then matched these pictures to our school values to show how the values play an intrinsic role in our everyday school life. The pictures are below in the correct categories and here is an overview of the pictures and who took them:

 

 

                                                              

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PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.   (Proverbs 12:24)

 

“I dream my paintings, then I paint my dreams”  (Vincent Van Gogh)

 

RESPECT

Always treat others as you would like them to treat you” (Matthew Ch7 v12)

 

“Respect yourself and others will respect you”  (Confucius)

 

Remembrance Day

"I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10 v11)

 

We held a special act of worship on Remembrance Day.  Each class made a poppy wreath and this was presented during Worship .  We lit a poppy candle for each class and the staff to remember their families and friends who have been affected by war or who are in the armed services today. 

 

Every member of staff and every pupil wrote a message on a poppy and we "planted" them to form our "Garden of Remembrance".  Our neighbours, whose son was killed in Afghanistan, joined us for the two minutes silence at 11am and they laid a wreath in his memory.

 

On Saturday 19th November a group of pupils took part in a ceremony on the Leas in Folkestone to commemorate the end of the battle of the Somme.  During this event the children planted metal poppies around the "Folk Stones" art work by Mark Wallinger.

Respect- a prayer written by Evie- Class 4

Dear Lord,

Help us to respect the people of your wonderful world and don't look down on the other girls and boys. Even if they don't have the best toys in the world.Respect what they do and who they are. We are as special as everyone in the world don't judge the people of the world, you don't have the right to do so.

Amen

FRIENDSHIP

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  (1 John 4:7)

 

“ I get by with a little help from my friends” (John Lennon)

 

 

Friendship- an acrostic poem written by Holly, Class 4.

Friends always stick together

Respect when ever

Invite to play

Every day

Never say no

Don't go

Share always with all

Have a ball

Include everyone all day

Pleasing people at play

INSPIRATION

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)  

 
“Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.”  (J.K. Rowling)

 

 

A prayer written by Penelope- Class 4.

Dear God,

Help me to remember to inspire others and show them our talents. I hope to inspire people to be geologists when I am grown up and them to inspire other people.

Amen

DETERMINATION

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:13)

 

“Never, never, never, never give up.”  (Winston Churchill)

 

COURAGE

“Straightaway Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid”  (Matthew 14 verse 27)

 

All your dreams come true, if you have the courage to pursue them. (Walt Disney)

 

EQUALITY

Judge not by the appearance”  (John 7: 24)

 

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

(Martin Luther King)