‘A family where we flourish and learn to be the best version of ourselves.’
The Wise and Foolish builder (Matthew chapter 7:24)
‘Life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10)
Core Christian Values - Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity
Our vision encompasses our school values - Perseverance, Trust, Truthfulness, Compassion and Forgiveness
Underpinning our vision is the importance of wisdom. We try to reflect the Church of England Vision for Education which refers to Jesus’ wisdom as the builder of a learning community. ‘Early in his public ministry he gathered disciples (literally learners) and during his ministry a great deal of his time was spent in teaching and conversation as he formed a community of learners.’ Wisdom shapes the foundations of who we are, how we relate to each other and how we learn together. Everyone in our community is valued, known and part of our school family. We treat each other with compassion, recognising the intrinsic worth of each other and encourage being true to oneself and others (Truthfulness).
We take our inspiration from the way that Jesus taught about making wise decisions to guide our life long journey. Being part of a wise and compassionate learning community, we understand that when we work well together we can achieve more than when we work alone. Building a flourishing community is the foundation of who we are, recognising and valuing each other's strengths and talents. We draw inspiration from Matthew Chapter 7:24 The Wise and Foolish Builder. The role model of the wiseman who chooses to build his house on a strong foundation is a powerful metaphor for how we should live our lives. We recognise that to be the best version of ourselves we need to make wise decisions, which allows us to build a strong foundation in life. Jesus refers to building a house on firm foundations reminding us all that perseverance is the root to growing your own wisdom.
As a school we value the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation and want to support children to realise their full potential, broaden their horizons and have hope for the future.
Finally, we want our children to be life-long learners, to build strong foundations and to grow in wisdom. This includes knowing how to apply the things they know and creating their own ethical and moral compass. We want children to learn that being trustworthy and trusting one another is the foundation of our compassionate community. It also includes knowing how to discern which “voices” to listen to and where to draw inspiration.
We believe that building a family and community feel as a small school is central to our role at Cornwood C of E Primary. We want our children to build strong foundations allowing them to flourish into adulthood whether they stay in our village or go on a journey to the other side of the world. We believe that our vision and values build a flourishing young person setting their goals high to be the best version of themselves.
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Truth is the very essence of faith, trust in the God who is trustworthy. Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony and so it is to be valued and honoured.
Jesus Calms the Storm
Jesus had spent a full day teaching on the shores of the Sea of Galilee he said to his disciples, "Let us go to the other side." So they left the crowd and got into a boat to cross over.
After awhile there arose a great and mighty storm on the sea. The storm was so great that the boat was being covered with the waves washing over it and began filling up with water.
While the storm was rocking the boat Jesus was fast asleep on a cushion in the stern. The disciples came and woke him up and said, "Save us Lord; we are going to die! Do you not care that we are perishing"
He said to them, "Why are you afraid, Do you still have no faith?" Then Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed and said, "What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?" Matthew 8:23-27 Mark 4:35-41 Luke 8:22-25
It takes courage to be honest. It’s much easier to exaggerate, pretend and put on a false front in order to be liked and respected. However, if we build our lives on a lie, the truth often comes out in the end and then the consequences can be terrible. People respect those whom they can trust, those who are honest. An honest friend will tell the truth and this builds up the friendship.
A Day That Changed Everything
Peter the fisherman was mending his nets as he always did. But then Peter became one of Jesus’ followers and friends. “I will do anything for you” he said to Jesus. “Just say the word!” “One day you will tell people you never knew me” said Jesus, “and then a cock will crow.” “No” shouted Peter “Never, Never, Never!” Sure enough, life for Jesus did become difficult - difficult and dangerous. The day came when Jesus was on trial for his very life. He needed his friend to stand by him. But Peter said “I don’t know him, I never knew him, I never saw him before.” And at the end of the day a cock crowed.....just as Jesus had said it would. Jesus was sentenced to death and crucified, even though he had done nothing wrong. But death could not defeat God’s Son! Three days later Jesus was alive again and went to find his friend, not to blame him but to forgive him. It was a new day and Peter had another chance. Everything was different! Luke 5: 1-11; Luke 22:54-62; John 21:15-19
Compassion is about 'standing in someone else's shoes' when they are having a hard time by trying to understand how they are feeling and offering a helping hand.
The Story of Dorcas
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. Acts 9:36
Jesus is like the shepherd in the story, and we are like the sheep. Jesus watches over us and helps protect us from danger. He doesn’t give up on us when we make mistakes. And He rejoices when we repent and return to His gospel. That is why the scriptures call Him the Good Shepherd.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
One day one of the sheep got lost. The shepherd left his 99 sheep in a safe place and went to look for the missing one. He searched high in the mountains and far into the wilderness. When he finally found his sheep, the shepherd rejoiced. He put the sheep on his shoulders and carried it home.
The shepherd called his friends together and told them how he had found his sheep. They celebrated together. Luke 15:1-10
Everyone makes mistakes, it's part of being human. Sometimes mistakes hurt others and we need to say sorry. Sometimes mistakes made by other people hurt us. When this happens we need to be able to forgive.
Zacchaeus, the tax collector
Zacchaeus was a greedy tax collector who cheated his brothers many times, until he met Jesus, who turned Zacchaeus' life around. Zacchaeus was transformed into a generous man. Luke 19:1-10