The Church of England's Vision for Education states a core desire that children will experience life in all its fullness (John 10:10). At St Stephen’s, we believe that we need to give all of our children the chance to allow them to grow into the people God is calling them to be.
We believe that we can explore Spirituality by educating the whole child, providing full life experiences to meet this desire, which includes engaging with the curriculum and wider curricular opportunities. Our definition of Spirituality is that it is an ongoing, reflective journey. It is something that teaches us about questioning, understanding and relationships: relationships with ourselves, others, the world and beyond.
Spirituality then is about recognising our place in this world and our connection with it, with one another and with God and exploring how that reflected in our daily lives. Spirituality is not about indoctrination or learning facts but about understanding myself in this world. For the Christian it is about understanding myself as being created in God’s image and how that informs and leads me through life in this world. Spirituality is primarily about being, rather than doing.
Spirituality enables our children to be happy, flourish, succeed and live life in all its fullness.
Spirituality looks to explore our relationships and connections.
These are relationships with:
As a Church of England school our spiritual foundation is built upon our Christian nature and ethos. We therefore seek that all we do is done in the light of that spiritual foundation.
Specifically, we seek to raise spiritual awareness in the following ways:
The children encounter a range of opportunities to develop their own spiritual journey. These opportunities are raised throughout the curriculum in order to educate the whole child. We aim to teach the children to reflect on and consider their own actions in a number of different ways: