At Jolesfield, our approach to learning is firmly built upon our RAISE values which are underpinned by the Christian values: enabling every child to grow spiritually and emotionally; fostering imagination and a deep sense of personal identity and self-worth; providing guidance through the loving example of Jesus Christ.
Our R.A.I.S.E. values are:
Respect = Reverence – in the way we treat ourselves and others as God’s creation
Aspiration = Hope – looking for ways God is leading us and our neighbours into abundant life
Independence = Wisdom – being able to pray for guidance and develop a sense of responsibility
Skills for life long learning = Humility – knowing we need to improve and progress in order to succeed
Environment and Community = Compassion and Service – caring for the natural world and for our neighbours as God’s gift to use
Our Christian Values are at the centre of everything we do at Jolesfield Church of England Primary School. Each half term we focus on a different Christian Value. This is done explicitly through our Collective Worship time and also throughout our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to reflect on each value and to develop an understanding of the Value in action. Each Friday, in our Celebration Assembly, we acknowledge children who have demonstrated these values.
Our visitors from St. Michaels All Angels Church (Reverend Alison and Sally) regularly leads our worship to help us reinforce our understanding of each value as they share stories from the Bible and reflects on what they mean for us in our every day life. Children have opportunities to plan, prepare and lead worship for the whole school through the school ethos group, and also as they organise worship at key points in the Christian calendar for the whole school community.
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;
The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, expects all people to respond with respect and acknowledgement of God’s greatness, authority and involvement in the world.
This extends to respect for the created order, including for every other person, who, the Bible says, is made in the image of God. Reverence takes this response a step further and will include aspects of worship such as awe and wonder, surrender and sacrifice.