Valuing All God's Children
Jesus gave us the tools and examples of how to live as a community. We set the highest expectations for behaviour and have an ethos of inclusivity and respect. We consider all of our pupils to be caring, courteous and polite and have a respect for our school community and beyond – no one is ever left behind.
Personal development, particularly in relation to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is a key element of education.
The purpose of education is to foster personal growth in order to help realise human potential. The whole of our curriculum at Netherseal St.Peter's Church of England School supports this aim. We work hard to enrich and develop the religious character of the school, enabling all pupils to develop spiritually, socially, intellectually and emotionally, linking with the Church of England's desire for education for the whole person enabling 'life in its fullness' (John 10:10).
We provide a caring, stimulating and supportive environment where pupils, parents and staff feel safe, secure and valued. We help all recognise, develop and appreciate their God-given gifts and talents. We achieve this by learning together, playing together and praying together. 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' (Matthew 5:16)
Leadership has a very firm commitment to maintaining the school's strong Christian character and has actively developed well-established church links: The Reverend Derek Arnold leads whole school worship in school each half term and we worship in church at Harvest, Easter and Christmas. Craft workshops organised by the church are well-attended and the children often provide work for display in church at key times, for example the Christmas Tree Festival and patronal celebrations.
We believe that worship actively promotes spiritual development and enriches the experiences of all pupils.
Collective worship at Netherseal St.Peter's forms part of everyday life. It develops the feeling of belonging to a community which is essential for personal development and spiritual growth. It encompasses all aspects of school life and our pupils are aware of themselves as individuals and groups within the school and wider community and understand the feelings of other people in everyday situations and beliefs. During worship we explore the language which people use to express their feelings and deepen their sense of wonder about the world around them. It is a positive shared experience which contributes to their individual and community sense of well-being and establishes respect and tolerance within school.
We value this special time in the school day for the space it gives children to develop a reflective approach to life and the ability to express their reflections in traditionally religious ways or any other appropriate manner. Worship is led by the church, Swadlincote Assembly team, school staff and by the children. Children routinely lead services in church to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
Communal acts of prayer form part of every act of worship. Every child is invited to pray and give thanks to God through words, songs, gestures and silence.
We feel that prayer is a good way of enabling children to focus their thoughts and the use of regular moments of silence and reflection provides opportunities for some pupils to respond in a personal way if they so wish.
There are places around the school where pupils can reflect in 'reflection corners' or 'prayer spaces'. By lighting candles and offering prayer, pupils demonstrate religious tolerance and enquiry.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we reflected on the suffering, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, seeking the hope, courage and perseverance to be good neighbours and praying for health care workers that He may guide and protect them.
Children created symbols of hope and love: In the piece of art below, the different coloured hands represent diversity and global unity; the rainbow represents God's promise; the dove of peace is holding a cross; and the yellow ribbon and irises represent hope.(Designed by Charlie)
Every School must by law provide religious education and daily collective worship mainly Christian in character.
Our Nativity at St. Peter's Church
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
We feel that it is important to come together as a school community to pray for hope, love and unity and to remember the sacrifice of those who have died in the service of their country.
We were the first local school to be awarded the centenary poppy appeal award.
'Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.' John 15:13
At Netherseal St. Peter's, we understand that life can be challenging at times and that all people, including friends, family and global citizens will face difficulties that they may need help to overcome. Part of our ethos is to inspire courageous advocacy and instil Christian Values in the whole school community - this is part of our school motto: We have the power to make a change and be the best that we can be.
Courageous advocacy is speaking out and taking action against an issue of injustice, often on behalf of those whose voice is not heard. Speaking out requires an element (and sometimes a great deal) of courage!
“Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless” Proverbs 31:8
We are courageous advocates for the common good. We believe that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow and need loving attention.
Our children have an excellent grasp of the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with that belonging, thereby developing their ability to empathise and make small sacrifices to benefit others. They are actively encouraged to foster an understanding of their importance, impact and influence in the world. We are diligent in showing our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and the people who live in it. Our Christian values ensure that opportunities to discuss the big issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present.
In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising events to support many good causes, some of which include:
- Children in Need
- Comic Relief
- Sports Relief
- The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
- Harvest Festival Food Donations
- Swadlincote Food Bank
- Links with the Leonard Cheshire Home
- Eco Projects
- Jeans for Genes
- Hello Yellow Campaign
- Community events such as Christmas Nativities, discos and film nights
- Staff and children write in the local Parish newsletter to reach out to the community
- International Schools Award (ISA) - this recognises and celebrates schools that are committed to developing international partnerships which enrich the curriculum and help young learners to become global citizens.
- SOS children
- Save the Children - Ukrainian refugees
The school community has for several years sponsored a little girl, Abinaya, who lives in an Indian orphanage, through the charity SOS Children. School Council lead the raising of funds for the £240 sponsorship every year and have a strong commitment to maintaining this. Collections taken at school-led services in church contribute to this fundraising.
After receiving an appeal from the Bishop of Derby to support the people of Zimbabwe following a catastrophic cyclone, one of our Year 6 pupils asked if we could raise money - and so our 'Save Zimbabwe Sale' was born! Pupils in Class 1 organised everything and worked extremely hard, writing letters to businesses for donations; baking cakes; designing games; marketing the sale; and buying 'stock' for their stalls. The sale was very well supported by parents and we are proud of what Class 1 achieved!
Some of our pupils were deeply moved by the plight of Ukrainian refugees and asked if they could help.
Together, they decided on a toy and book sale: we raised over £200 to send to Save the Children, who are distributing food, water, and hygiene kits to refugees arriving at the Romania-Ukraine border and providing child protection services, including targeted support for unaccompanied and separated children.
We feel proud that our school is helping to make a difference:
Netherseal St. Peter’s believes that every child is infinitely valuable and that everyone should have the hope and aspirations to be the best that they can be. We feel proud that our school is helping to make a difference. Rooted in Christian teaching, the children have a strong awareness of who their neighbours are and that they are part of something much bigger: