OUR VISION & VALUES
The Hebrew term for peace, ‘shalom’, has a deep and complex meaning, encompassing much more than simply the absence of hostility or war. Shalom includes ideas of healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It means harmony, stability and security within a community. It refers to relationships based on truth and righteousness, where people flourish because they are nurtured.
We take part in The Salvation Army's Christmas Present Appeal. Families of the school are invited to donate a gift for a child that are then distributed by The Salvation Army to ensure that those who need further support at Christmas time are able to provide presents for their children. Our partnership with The Salvation Army in this appeal has meant that we have been able to support them in supporting some of our own vulnerable families in this way. We use this as an opportunity to promote peace by nurturing the health and wellbeing of those less fortunate than ourselves.
The Biblical picture of the age to come is one of Shalom. ‘Swords will be beaten into ploughshares’ … ‘the wolf shall live with the lamb… no-one shall hurt or destroy…’ (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:1-9). Traditional enemies will live together contentedly and the people will be governed with wisdom, understanding and justice.
In Jesus’ message, peace is an almost tangible element. It is his gift to his disciples. Paul describes God as the God of peace; the Christian message is called the ’gospel of peace’ and peace is one of the ‘fruits of the Spirit’.
Peter, quoting the Psalms, says we must ‘seek peace and pursue it’ (1 Peter 3:11). Jesus blesses those who are ‘peacemakers’ and calls them ‘sons of God’.
"We are a safe, considerate and caring family who have fun together.
We are determined to persevere in order to achieve our best.
We respect all in our community, working as a team to support each other to grow in confidence.
With faith in our hearts we achieve and succeed"