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Our school is based around the core Christian values of Respect, Acceptance, Uniqueness, Equality, Justice and Forgiveness.

Welcome to St Mary's C.E. Middle School

Thank you for visiting the website for St. Mary's C.E. Middle School. We are a 9-13 middle school situated on the outskirts of Puddletown, a small village in the beautiful Dorset countryside. We are a church school with an ethos built on the core Christian values of respect, forgiveness, justice, uniqueness, equality and acceptance.

Our aim is to give every pupil the chance to achieve their God given potential in all areas of their life and we are proud to have been assessed as an outstanding church school in our last two Church of England inspections. We expect the highest standards in both academic work and behaviour and we place our children at the centre of everything we do.

The pupils, staff and governors are very proud of our school and we hope that this website will allow you to see why. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you in person.

Values

Our Mission Statement: To allow each child to meet his or her God-given potential in all areas of their school life.

 

Our mission statement aspires to all of our pupils.  It embodies the concept that every member of our community is equally important and that realising their potential, whatever that may be, is valued and is a cause for celebration.  We are completely committed to developing the whole child. 

 

We have a very strong Christian ethos that is a shared vision for all and contributes hugely to the life of the school.  Our pupils are very aware that they belong to a Church School and this fact and the significance of this is discussed explicitly causing our pupils to know that Christian teachings and values are at the heart of our school.

 

We have six core Christian values that underpin what we model, what we teach and what we believe in.  These values are: Respect, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Uniqueness, Equality and Justice.  These values are also often referred to by staff, where appropriate, during normal school life (e.g. when pupils are completing their Collective Worship Diaries with their tutor, when pupils are being supported in resolving friendship conflicts etc.).

 

Each week we have a weekly theme, which forms the basis of our Collective Worship for that week.  Our six core Christian values become our theme for the week, explicitly or implicitly, for two weeks during each school year.  Other themes relate to important times within the Church calendar (e.g. Lent, Advent, Harvest etc.) and other values that we feel are important to explore with our pupils. (E.g. Love, Freedom, Co-operation etc.)

 

Our six core Christian values have also been incorporated into our RE schemes of work at many opportunities, for example Year 5 learn about the type of welcome and behaviour evident in a Church School, Year 6 learn about how Jesus’ miracles tell us to live our lives, Year 7 study a unit on 'What do Christians believe about love, forgiveness and justice?' and Year 8 complete work on a unit called 'What do Christians and Sikhs believe about equality?'.

 

As a result of this; our pupils know that at St Mary’s we expect everyone to show respect to all others and also to property; our pupils are accepting of others, regardless of any differences that may be evident; our pupils understand that we should all strive to forgive others for the wrongs that they do; our pupils appreciate that we are all unique and therefore special, and that this fact is worthy of excitement and celebration; our pupils believe in equality for all and our pupils expect justice and realise that sometimes it is our duty to fight for justice for others.

 

Uniqueness

    

‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made’  (Psalm 139)

 

 

Justice

 

Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great, but judge your neighbour fairly.
(Leviticus 19: 15)

 

 

Forgiveness   

 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.  (Ephesians 4)

 

 

Respect

 

You shall love your neighbour as yourself.  (Matthew 22:39)

 

 

Acceptance

 

Do not mistreat foreigners living in your country.  Treat them just as you would treat your own citizens.  (Leviticus 19:33)

 

 

Equality

 

There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.  (Galatians 3:28)  

 

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