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Spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural (SMSVC) is an outstanding feature of life at Christ the King. Children are provided with a wealth of opportunities to develop spiritually through inspiring child led prayer services, outstanding collective worship, use of high quality prayer resources and thought provoking lessons. From a moral perspective, the children are encouraged to approach problems and decisions focused on 'What Jesus would do?' Lots of opportunities are provided for pupils to socialise with others from different socioeconomic, ethnic and other religious groups so that children develop a respect for all people as children of God. Students' vocational development is catered for by dedicated mission weeks as a time to reflect on our call to serve others; this encompasses all that we do here at Christ the King. Children's cultural development is enhanced by our topic work in which we study national and international topics; engaging with the cultures of people who live there. SMSVC is a central aspect for our school as 'through faith and education we seek to achieve fullness of life' for all members of our community and the world in which we live, as God's people

Gospel Virtues

Pupils at Christ the King school are growing to be . . .

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.

Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.

Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.

Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.

Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.

Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.

Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.

 

Promoting British Values at Christ the King Catholic Primary School

 

The DfE has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

 

As a Catholic school we follow the Gospel teachings – to love God and love one another.

We follow the example set by Jesus.

We believe we are all made in the image and likeness of God.

We show our love for others through contributing to the common good.

We show our love for others through respect for all members of God’s family and as such reject all discrimination of any kind.

This forms the basis for all that we do at Christ the King and ensures British Values are an integral part of this.

 

Democracy:

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The children have the chance to elect a representative from each class that they feel will represent their classes views. School council candidates were required to prepare campaign speeches outlining their suitability for the role and their vision for the school. The school council is actively involved in the life of the school and in decision making processes.

 

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

 

 

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Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these choices wisely.

 

Mutual Respect:

This is a fundamental part of our Faith and school ethos. Pupils have regular discussions and assemblies on what respect means and how it is shown to others.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Each year group completes an in-depth study on different cultures and faiths through their Topic work and this is also part of the RE scheme of work. This is supported by visits to places of Worship.

 

British Value and Gospel Virtues

Some of the ways we promote this at Christ the King

Democracy

Gospel Virtues: Discerning, Eloquent, Intentional, Prophetic
 

  • Elections for positions of responsibility in school.
  • School Council
  • Green Prefects
  • The use of Circle Time / PATHS
  • Class Debates dealing with different viewpoints
  • Writing balanced arguments in Literacy
  • Volunteering to help others in the local, Parish, wider and global community.

The Rule of Law

Gospel Virtues: Truthful, Generous, Learned, Active.
 

  • School Behaviour Policy
  • Classroom Rules
  • Visits and talks from our police community support officer
  • Internet Safety training
  • Ethos / Gospel Virtues - helping children to distinguish between right and wrong.
  • Use of Biblical Stories model to children people making the right choice, even in difficult situations.
  • The teaching of PATHS

Individual Liberty

Gospel Virtues: Wise, Curious, Faith- filled, Grateful.

  • Work on Vocations during Mission Week - we encourage children to recognise their talents and fulfil their potential.
  • All children are treated equally, fairly and given the same opportunity to take part in activities and experiences as we are all children of God.
  • Behaviour Policies and Procedures put emphasis on children being responsible for their own actions.
  • Pupil Voice through school council / pupil interviews and an annual pupil survey allows children to express their own views about school and take action.
  • Stereotypes are challenged throughout school.
  • Freedom of speech is modelled through pupil participation in class discussions, dialogue with staff, pupil questionnaires and the knowledge that children can speak freely and openly to staff members.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Gospel Virtues: Loving, Hopeful, Compassionate, Attentive
 

  • Through Topic and Mission Week children explore different faiths and visit other places of worship. Throughout the year they also learn about other celebrations (ie. Diwali and Chinese New Year.)
  • Children experience and learn about music from all over the world during Topic work.
  • Children learn about the lives of people from other places in the world.
  • The RE programme of study includes work on different faiths.
  • Children in Key Stage 2 are learning to speak Spanish.
  • Children have access to a range of books which explore other faiths and cultures.
  • Work of Faith Ambassadors

First Holy Communion – 21st May 2017

We were delighted with the children in Year 3 for all their hard work in preparing to receive the sacrament of First Eucharist. They were a real credit to the school and their parents/carers. Thank you for presenting them so well. A special thank you goes to the Year 3 staff and ALL who made the occasion so special and memorable. The whole school joined them in Mass and celebrations in school today. Many thanks to the Crackers Family Forum for organising the Communion breakfast. Please continue to pray for our children as they continue on their journey of faith.

Confirmation, 15th June 2017

On Wednesday evening we were joined by Bishop Philip Pargeter, who conferred the sacrament of Confirmation on our year 6 Confirmandi. It was a beautiful and reverent service and the children were a credit to the school.

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