Ethos and Values
Through Jesus Christ at St. John’s all our children:
Learn to Love and Love to Learn.
The family of St. John’s love learning and are life long learners.
Through Jesus Christ, everyone knows how to show love to
others and God, remembering that kindness comes first.
At St. John’s Catholic Primary School we pride ourselves on our welcoming Christian ethos, founded on the teachings of Jesus. We aim through our curriculum, our policies and procedures, and through our day to day witness, to strive to uphold the greatest of Christ’s commandments:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is to ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
St. John’s is a place where the Spirit of Christ lives. It is a school where all children are welcomed and each one nurtured in a union of support between school and parish so each may reach their full potential. We celebrate the uniqueness of the individual and believe each child is created in the image and likeness of God and has a spiritual destiny to fulfil.
Learn to Love
As a Catholic school, our aim is to instill in our children a sense of Christian values and to nurture their knowledge and understanding of their faith. We seek to serve the parish and community in which we exist and view the partnership with parents as a key element in achieving this aim.
Love to Learn
We wish to provide a curriculum and create a learning environment which values the uniqueness of each individual, enabling him or her to achieve their full potential so that they may contribute positively to society.
At St. John’s we are committed to developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ community. This phrase was coined by Carol Dweck after years of research in which she discovered that intelligence does not have to be fixed but can be grown. At St. John’s we believe that intelligence and talents can be changed by work and effort. We teach our children to:
- Desire stretching and growing, trying new things and taking risks in order to learn.
- See failure as merely a part of the journey and not the end result.
- Embrace challenges because they offer the opportunity to grow.
- Persist and put effort into everything that they do.
- Know that feedback helps them to grow and learn.
- View another person’s success as inspiring and something to be celebrated.
Research has shown that Growth Mindset people tend to keep growing and reach higher and higher levels of achievement.