Here at St John’s, in partnership with the community, we work to provide an inclusive and nurturing learning environment with a Christian ethos. We create innovative, dynamic and motivated learners through our high expectations for success. We challenge our children to achieve their full potential and equip them for an ever changing future.
SMSC is about everything we do at St John’s, underpinned by our values, to help our children to have the ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. Through a planned curriculum, staff encourage children to become responsible young citizens in society, enabling them to be kind, thoughtful and caring as they live and learn alongside many different beliefs, cultures and lifestyles.
Spiritual Development involves the nurture of a fundamental aspect of the human condition that is not necessarily able to be expressed through the physical senses or in words. It involves relationships, with the divine for those who believe, and with other human beings and the natural world. It recognises the universal search for personal identity, the challenges of responding to difficult experiences and the need to find meaning and purpose in life.
Moral and Social development encourages a growing awareness that one is part of a wider society in which an individual has responsibilities towards others and may assume certain rights. It involves an understanding that obedience to laws and rules plays an important part in enabling society to function effectively for all. It encourages the acquisition of positive values and beliefs as a foundation for living and the basis for good decision making.
Cultural development enhances understanding of the role of traditions, customs, religious practice and artistic expression in giving identity to groups of people. It involves exploring how these combine to create a rich diversity of experience in our community and builds increasingly harmonious relationships with others in the wider world.