Vision and Teaching Values
“Inspiring Hearts And Minds To Grow”
Inspired by the gospel we love life and all it teaches us
Our aim at Annecy is to provide a high quality, inspiring and creative education which enables our pupils to be the very best that they can be; as learners, citizens and Christians. We support our children to become fully active within the school community; building their self esteem, encouraging children to recognise their roles and responsibilities, and ensuring every child is valued for their unique gifts and talents. Whilst we are a Catholic school, we welcome children of all denominations, and celebrate all that different cultures and religions have to teach us.
At Annecy, our Christian values underpin all we do. Our values support our children in developing a range of skills and attitudes that will enable them to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, preparing them to contribute fully to life as a British citizen in the 21st century.
- We learn together to achieve beyond our dreams.
- With the Holy Spirit as our guide, we love and respect ourselves and others so that we become the person we were created to be.
- Growing in our Catholic faith we share, care and make a difference within our school, homes, Parish, local and global community.
- We aspire to build the world of tomorrow with faith, hope and love,
- We celebrate our differences and God given talents to inspire and help one another.
- Through praying, playing, praising and learning together, we find God in the little things.
In addition to these values, we promote the 'fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of other faiths' (DfE, 2011 Prevent Strategy) through our assemblies, our pastoral care groups and our curriculum.
Every child at Annecy has a voice through our Pastoral Care groups. These groups enable children and all staff to contribute to our school improvement, policies, and the day to day running of the school. The year 6 children now lead these meetings themselves. Our children know that every opinion is valued and that they will always be listened to. Our aim is that every child knows that however small they are, they have the ability to make a difference.
- Play leaders are trained to lead the organisation of playground games and look after equipment.
- Our 'Guardian Angels' look after the reception children, both in the playground and in school.
- All children complete a pupil questionnaire each year, and common concerns can then be addressed and improvements can be made.
- Our children are encouraged to work together to achieve more, and our strong staff team act as a good model.
The Rule of the Law
- Our school rules are based on Christian values
- Children are taught about why we have these rules, and the responsibility they all have to keep these rules. They are also taught about the rules (laws) of our country. This taught through assemblies, in PSHE, in dealing with behaviour incidents and is reinforced in the day to day life of the school.
- At the beginning of each academic year, children in each class democratically agree the class expectations against which their behaviour in class is judged.
- Throughout the year, visits from the police, fire service and other people in authority reinforce the need for rules and of the consequences if they are broken.
- Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around ‘respect’.
Our School Teaching and Learning Values
Reflecting on our Vision and Mission Statement, we worked with our stakeholders to establish the principles which make our school distinctive, and from here our core teaching and learning values were determined.
As a Catholic school, we aim to give all our children an experience of a caring Christian community which will influence and shape their lives. It is often commented that the school has a family atmosphere. This is, we are sure, a result of the love, respect and care which Staff and pupils show for one another as they try to follow the teachings of Jesus. Each Class joins together in prayer throughout the school day and this is an important demonstration to all that the Christian faith is at the centre of our school community.
Below are examples of the prayers we say with the children each day:
Good morning Lord
This is your day
I am your child
Please show me your way.
Grace before meals
Thank you for our food
Thank you for the hands that make our food
Please look after all the children that haven’t got enough to eat.
Prayer for the end of the school day
Father God, we come to say
Thank you for your love today
Thank you for our families
And all the friends you give to me.
Guard me through the dark of night
and in the morning send your light.
These prayers are in addition to the ‘Our Father’, ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Glory be to the Father’.
Worship at Annecy Catholic Primary School is more than just a legal requirement. It is an integral part of school life and central to the Catholic tradition. We believe that Collective Worship in our Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into a relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
As a Catholic community we endeavour to support our pupils in the development of their spiritual life, so that through reflection, pupils will gain insights and attribute meaning and purpose to personal existence. We believe that this begins with a personal invitation and call from the living Christ and that once experienced this needs to fostered and nurtured.
Our Assemblies are used to unite and celebrate our school. Individual and group achievements are celebrated, talents and interests of individuals are observed, news from other parts of the school is shared, current issues are discussed and the need for positive Christian qualities are emphasised. The Church’s Liturgical Year is reflected in our Assemblies and Acts of Worship. Particular emphasis is placed on the celebration of Advent, Lent and Easter. The Parish Priest, Fr Paul is closely involved in the spiritual life of the school. We join the Parish community for Ash Wednesday and the pupils of Key Stage 2 celebrate Mass with the parishioners three times a year. We have Liturgies and Mass in school to mark seasons and festivals and these are frequently shared with our whole school family.
As a school, we liaise with the Churches to ensure the children are fully supported in their preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. A special Mass is celebrated by the whole school community, shortly after the children have celebrated their First Communion in the Parishes.