Our Values and Vision

Love:  Treating everyone with kindness as we are all special in God’s eyes

Joy:  Celebrating the ‘wow’ moment in God’s creation

Justice: We stand up for those with no voice

Wisdom: Understanding others and their needs and making sensible choices.

Fulfilling our God-given potential

We are a school family with God at the centre, enabling us to share God’s love within our community and beyond. We protect those with no voice by standing up to injustice.

Every child is valued and special with individual needs driving their Sibertswold learning experience, creating an environment where we all can flourish and grow.

Explaining our Vision

Our village church is St Andrew’s. We have a close relationship with the church community and the children regularly go to church.  Within St Andrews there is a stained, glass window, showing Jesus as the Good Shepherd, this window has special meaning to us as we have spent time reflecting on what we see and linking it to John 10 vs1-18 and Psalm 23. This Bible text encompasses our vision and associated values of: Love, Joy, Justice & Wisdom.

The Shepherd loves each one of his flock and keeps them safe, protecting them at all times. In all aspects of school life, children feeling safe and their well-being are paramount. The gate is important to keep the sheep safe. John 10v3, ‘The gatekeeper opens the gate for them and they listen to His voice.’ We protect those without a voice by providing help and guidance to those in need. We feel passionately about trying to bring around a sense of justice and lasting change. John 10 v10 talks about Jesus coming to Earth so that we can have life and life in all its fullness. We want everyone to have a full life and the joy that it can bring.  Our work with Dover Food Bank and Burkina Faso shows our determination and drive to address injustices within the wider community and globally.

John 10v4, ‘his sheep follow him because they know his voice.’ If one wanders off, he goes to look for it and leads it back to safety. The Good Shepherd is morally brave and leaves the rest of his sheep whilst looking for the one that is missing. When the Shepherd returns to the flock, he is filled with joy that all of his sheep are together again. In our school, we love and protect our children keeping them safe and help to lead them on their journey with us, helping to enable them to develop wisdom and to be morally brave when they have to make choices. Like the good Shepherd who is filled with joy when the sheep is found; we rejoice when our children achieve difficult goals.

Psalm 23v2-3, ‘He leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.’  He finds clean water for his sheep using his wisdom to make the best decisions to protect and take care of the sheep.  In the same way we guide our children to use their wisdom when facing challenges in learning and life.

Throughout the children’s life at Sibertswold there are times when challenges to our school family have enabled us to discern God in the midst and our response is always rooted in prayer. John10v14 ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.’ We know that God loves and cares for us and he calls us to talk to him. In these challenging times as a school the first person we look to help us is the good shepherd. Our school was rocked by the passing away of a pupil. The EHT acted as the shepherd to protect the sheep. James 5v13 says ‘Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.’ At a time of real heartache for the whole community, she was able to bring us all together to seek the Lord for comfort. Opportunities for prayer and reflection were set up for all, which really helped the school to pull together as a family and to deal with the grieving process.  As a result of being rooted in prayer, we have found a real sense of peace and comfort in our times of trouble.

Our ongoing curriculum development is underpinned by reflection, diversity and initiative. Identified as essential for us to flourish, to grow and achieve. An understanding of diversity empowers us to gain respect for each other and grow in love. John 10v16, ‘I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.’ Jesus leads by example, never wanting to leave anyone behind showing that we are all special no matter where you come from and all are welcome to enter the kingdom of God.

The ability to reflect enables us to grow as individuals in all aspects.   Psalm 23v2-3 ‘He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.’ Shows how a shepherd cares for his sheep, giving them time to rest and to think. We use reflection as a tool to aide us in developing skills within the curriculum and our relationships.  With God at the centre of our family, reflection becomes paramount in enabling us to pursue love with one another and with God.

Using our initiative allows us to implement our values – love, joy, justice and wisdom.  We seek to find the best way to fulfil our God-given potential and use the talents we have been given wisely.  Furthermore, as a family we want to pursue our life at Sibertswold with joy. Psalm 23 v 6 ‘Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life’. Finding awe and wonder in all things; knowing God is with us.  By sharing experiences together, such as our Christingle service or time in our Forest School, we aspire to be a beacon of God’s love within our community and beyond.

Children are valued as individuals and each child’s needs are recognised.  As a school family we provide a holistic curriculum which builds upon children’s interests and talents, therefore stretching their capabilities.  Fulfilling our potential is at the heart of life at Sibertswold CE Primary.