The vision of the school
To achieve progress for all and to flourish as individuals, young and old. Taking pride in our behaviour, friendships, efforts and achievements and actively sharing our experiences with the whole community. To be a catalyst for the greater good.
Based upon: ‘You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others.’ Matthew 5: 14-16
Supporting the vision
Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world! You are like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. 15 don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.16 in the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
In other words we are to be the examples, and the illuminators, the ones having positive influence on the world in which we live, giving direction to the blind and the confused. We must be the ones shining in the darkness all around us. We should not blend in with everyone else. Instead, we should affect others. We are the light to shine forth in the world to chase away darkness.
The school already had well-established Christian values: endurance, friendship, forgiveness, thankfulness, hope, trust. I felt the school needed a binding vision which could encompass these values. Quainton had been too insular and I was determined to spread the word of all the improvements and progress of the school, to take pride in all we were doing. We wanted the wider community to play a larger part of the school hence: ‘Let your light shine.’ It is important to note this isn’t just reaching out beyond our school walls but reaching out to all those within our walls; irrespective of belief or background: we are all God’s children.
Our vision encompasses all we are attempting to do at Quainton, it drives our development and progress in all aspects of school life.
May God keep us all,
May he watch over those who we love,
and those who love us.
To spread thankfulness, forgiveness, trust and friendship
And give us the endurance and hope to better one and all
Now and forever more,
As a Church of England school, our links with the local church and community are of great importance to us. Our Christian values provide the foundation of the school’s vision and they are what bind our whole school community together. We endeavour to create a compassionate environment which engenders care for one another, just as Jesus taught us. This enables us all to grow and flourish through learning together, helping each other to shine brightly. The values which underpin all that we do are chosen by the children themselves and are explored through our daily collective worship and in religious education (RE) and personal, social and health education (PSHE) lessons. Our values are:
Holy Cross and St Marys Church
The Holy Cross and St Marys Church is situated in Church Street, Quainton. The school participates in services at the church at Harvest Festival, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and,additional service is held at the end of the academic school year. Reverend Steve Flashman has strong links with the school and has the following kind words to share:
“It is a privilege, as the vicar of Quainton Parish and as a governor of Quainton Church of England Primary School, to be a part of this great community, fostering a good relationship between the valuable life and work of the school and that of our parish church – the Holy Cross and St Marys. I regularly lead worship at the school and have inspirational moments with the children which feed into the school’s Christian ethos, supporting our shared values of thankfulness, forgiveness, friendship, trust, endurance and hope. Respecting people of different faiths and beliefs forms an important part of education in our world today and, I am pleased that our children have the opportunity to explore the world around them, encouraging them to develop an holistic world view, nurturing the body, mind and spirit.”
Reverend Steve Flashman
Further information about the Holy Cross and St Marys Church can be found on the website:
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