Our Golden Rule at St. John's is to:
Love One Another
This message of the importance of love is pivotal to the teaching of Jesus (and all religious faiths) and is central to the way that everyone in the family of St. John's all try to live our lives.
"A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:34-35
Our School Motto is:
Love To Learn, Learn To Love
This encompasses all that we want to achieve at St John's; that our children will develop a true love and inspiration for learning while also learning to love and accept others and value the uniqueness that makes us all special.
"Do all your work in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:14
We have nine Christian values which we try to live out in our every day lives at St. John's:
These are displayed on our Values Tree to remind us to follow them at all times.
Each week we have a Value of the Week which we try to follow. Anyone in the school can nominate another person to receive a Value Sticker in our Celebration Worship. You can have a look in the Values Book to see who has received a sticker in the past.
As a church school Collective Worship is a special time of the day when the whole school comes together for praise and celebration and the opportunity for quiet reflection.
Every half term we have a different theme to think about in Collective Worship. We are very lucky to have a number of different visitors from local churches who come to lead Collective Worship and everyone bases their talk around the theme for that half term.
Once a week we have ‘Celebration Worship’ when we mark achievements people have made during the week. Children are nominated to receive a ‘Red Badge’ which they then wear for the rest of the week as a sign that they have received a commendation. During Celebration Worship we also announce which two people have been chosen to wear the ‘Red Scarves’ for the week. This is a very special award which is given for exemplary behaviour and shows the whole school community who has been recognised to be a good role model for behaviour.
Often on a Friday Collective worship is led by a class. This is much anticipated by many children and their families as the parents/ carers/ friends of the class who are leading the worship are invited to join the school for collective worship on that day. All of the children in the class are proud to take part and join together in leading worship for the whole school.
On special occasions we go to church to mark festivals and times of celebration. The children are often involved in helping to lead the services by reading bible stories or prayers, singing or playing their musical instruments. The whole school community is always very welcome to join us in church to mark these special times and it is lovely to see as many parents/carers and friends as possible.