Our Christian Vision:
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed a crowd and reveals eight blessings (known as the Beatitudes). Jesus then explained: “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand, so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
As a Christian School Family, we seek to follow the example of Jesus in all we do. We believe that the Sermon on the Mount is a vital chapter in scripture, teaching us to let the light of Jesus shine through us. We take great encouragement from the words “you are the light of the world”; this reveals to us that Jesus, who himself tells us “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), is within all of us. We are all God’s children and are called to give glory to our Father in heaven through our “good works”. This reminds us of the importance of our actions. Our actions allow us to share the light of Jesus with those around us.
We want our school and church to be beacons of light that shine brightly. By learning about Christian values, by listening to the teachings of Jesus, and by following the teachings of Jesus, we say to every member of the community: let your light shine.
We believe that every child and adult can shine, and that this can be for the benefit of all. We recognise that we are all special in God’s eyes, and have unique talents and gifts, which we nurture, so that each of us have the opportunity to become the best person God intended us to be. We want to see everyone inspired, growing in knowledge, wisdom and dignity. We want children and adults to flourish in everything they do, by providing rich experiences, which give everyone the opportunity to achieve.
We believe developing a sense of self-worth is paramount. In addition to letting their light shine on others, we want our children to recognise and value their own light, to be proud of their achievements, to value and respect themselves, and to know how they are loved by God and by others. We want our school community to be able to face the future with hope and aspiration and embrace life.
We want the light of our lives to shine and make a big difference in the classrooms, in the school, in our homes and community. As we all demonstrate our Christian values of respect and friendship, courage and forgiveness, truthfulness and justice, compassion an generosity, perseverance and service, creativity and thankfulness, in a nurturing environment, our hope is that light will shine in many ways, every day, for the benefit of all and the glory of God, so that we are always: “The little school that makes a big difference”.