In Forest School this week, children in Year 5 and 6 chose to re-create the school’s 4 new values on the Forest floor. They recalled the 4 values – Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth – and created designs using the symbols we associate with them.
It was great to see the children engaging with the new school values in such a creative way!
September 2020: We are currently renewing and revising our school vision and the values that lead and support policy and ethos within the school.
On 12th September 2020, our school Ethos Committee met to discuss the vision and values and how we can ensure they are clear, succinct and fully endorse the ethos of East Hoathly school. Our Ethos Committee consist of Miss Lewis (Head of School), Mrs Healy (RE Lead and Assistant Head), Reverend Phil, Lindsay Wiggens (Governor), Jan Gough (Governor and experienced SIAMs inspector), Mandy Watson (Governor and Senior School Improvement Advisor for the Diocese of Chichester) and the role of the committee is to promote the Ethos vision and values of the school.
During the meeting, the committee agreed on the teaching from the Bible that we wanted to capture in order to create new values for the school, and then defined these using quotes from the Bible:
From this point, SLT within the school began to consider the wording of the federation. For this, we considered what was most important for us to ensure is clear about the vision for our school. We used some wording from the current vision and took inspiration from the Church of England’s vision for education. The vision for East Hoathly then became:
In our Church school, we learn through our values of Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth. We aim for the highest standards and believe that by building a strong community, we can take care of everyone’s wellbeing, achieving fullness of life.
“With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
On Tuesday 29th September 2020, Mrs Healy introduced the new draft vision and values to the parents. Parents were invited to comment on how well the vision and values support the ethos of the school, how they thought the vision and values could be introduced to children, and how they thought links to the Bible could be further explored.
You can download the School Vision and Bible Links Explained documents in printable (pdf) format.
East Hoathly’s Vision Song
East Hoathly’s bell is ringing
Can you hear what it is singing?
It tells us of our mission
And what is our school vision
Ring the bell… Respect
Let it ring… Work together
Ring the bell… Excellence
Let it ring… Enjoyment
Ring the bell… Resilience
Let it ring… Creativity
Achievement for all, Learning together, Learning for Life,
Under God’s rule
Achievement for all, Learning together, learning for Life
That is our school
Song by Ellie White
|Value and Bible link
||Quote from Bible
||Bible story linked to it
|Resilience – James 1:12
||12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
|Creativity – Proverbs 1:5
||5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.
||The Story of Creation
|Working Together – 2 Corinthians 13:11 –
||11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
||Jesus’ Disciples go Fishing
|Excellence – Proverbs 14:23
||23All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
||The Parable of the Two Builders
|Respect – Luke 6:31
||31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
||The Good Samaritan
|Enjoyment – Psalm 68:3
||3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
||The Story of Noah
This week, the children have been looking into the School Vision and what East Hoathly’s different values are. Each value has a bible story link. Each class had a value to focus on and create work for.
Reception focused on RESPECT. The children discussed what it meant to show respect to others; by being kind and listening. The children then acted out the ‘Good Samaritan.’
Year 1 and 2’s value to focus on was ENJOYMENT, which linked to the ‘Story of Noah’. The children discussed how the value of enjoyment was present in the story. Stan said “Noah had enjoyment because he survived the flood.” The children created collages of the animals that went onto Noah’s Arc.
Year 3 and 4 looked into the value of WORKING TOGETHER by reading the story of Jesus and his disciples going fishing. Abbie in Year 4 said “We acted the story out and we showed working together by helping to get the nets back to shore.”
Year 5 and 6 found the values of EXCELLENCE and RESILIENCE in two stories.
In the ‘Parable of the Two Builders’, Ethan in Year 6 found the value of EXCELLENCE, which Teddy in Year 6 describes as “listening to God’s word”. Ethan’s character in the scene was the builder who’s house fell down during the storm. “My house fell down because I didn’t listen to God’s word or his advice.”
In the story of ‘Rebuilding Jerusalem’, George in Year 6 was able to see the value of RESILIENCE. “We acted out the story of Jerusalem’s wall and I was Nehemiah. We had to build a wall, which was really hard because there were people trying to stop us and the wall kept falling down. We kept going until it was built but it took a long time.”
The RE Council also worked together to find the value of CREATIVITY in the ‘Story of Creation’. Archie in Year 6 said “God showed creativity by perfectly creating the world we live in.”
The children of East Hoathly got involved with activities that had been inspired by the school’s vision song.
In the morning, Reception and Year 1 and 2 took part in three different activities with themes of resilience, working together and creativity.
For the resilience activity, children had to use marshmallows and spaghetti to build a bridge for the naughty bus to cross over. It was a challenge as the spaghetti kept breaking! Samuel in Year 2 said “The marshmallows are really sticky and it keeps sticking to the bus.”
In the creativity session, the children were making collages using the letters from ‘creativity’. The children uses felt, tissue paper and foil to decorate the letters and show different textures. Lily in Reception said “It’s fun to stick things down!”
There were a range of games in the ‘Working Together’ themed activity. The children had to stand in a circle and hold hands to pass a hoop around them. The challenge was to not let go of one another’s hand. Freddy in Reception said “Playing the games was fun, I did really well!”
In the afternoon, KS2 took part in activities too. Their activities’ themes were “working together” and “respect”.
The KS2 children taking part in the ‘Respect’ session’ created a class poem and had fun working in groups to act out each line of their poem. Summer in Year 5 said “You have to treat others how you would like to be treated.”
The rest of the KS2 children worked together to try and fit everybody into hoops and not fall out of them. Daisy in Year 3 said “Working together is fun!”