Nature, Nurture, Flourish and Fly
Many vision statements are written with well meaning words and expressions of platitudes which fit school’s nation if not worldwide. Jackson wrote in 2017 for Best Practice Network that vision statements ‘should articulate what is special about the School’ and then be a key driver in ‘momentum for change’. Everything about the School should feed from this vision statement, whether it be staffing, budget, curriculum or even what’s for lunch.
At Seething and Mundham our vision design is underpinned by our ethos or values. These values act as our moral compass, guiding us when we make decisions. The decisions we make will always be based upon the question: does this choice help me to promote one of our visionary words.
Nature is a vital aspect of life at Seething and Mundham. Not only do we have the benefit of having a beautiful natural environment, but we learn in nature. We use our outdoor environment to compliment our curriculum. Learning practically outdoors is not only fun and memorable but it gives us the chance to apply our learning in out of context ways – this deepens and extends our learning.
At Seething and Mundham the development of the whole child is vital. One day the children of our school will be our Doctors, nurses, scientists and bankers, it is therefore imperative that the children learn how to communicate, be empathetic, have a sense of understanding of people, places and culture. If we as educators can engender this nurturing attitude, then the future of our society is brighter for this.
Ostensibly one of the ‘warm words’ that Jackson contends is a pleasantry, however at Seething and Mundham we take flourish beyond the academic meaning. We have taken it to mean flourish at a learner. As we move through our lives, we are all faced with challenges, whether it be exams, work or even an Ikea instruction manual. At Seething and Mundham we encourage the development of learning behaviours to ensure when we are faced with whatever life throws at us, we are ready to meet and are equipped with the skills to succeed.
Ultimately, we want the children of Seething and Mundham Primary school to succeed, but not just at national expectations and to the outline of the national curriculum but beyond that. We want our children to ‘remove the lid from the jar of fleas’ and strive for academic and personal excellence.
Values are our internal compass. They impact on every decision we make every single day. In school, children and staff are constantly making decisions. Whether it’s a simple yes or no choice or a complex multi-faceted decision, our values will determine our response. As with any organisation, we are all striving for the same thing, therefore having a set of values that we all subscribe to, will enable us to all be making decisions with the same foundation.
At Seething and Mundham, we would hope that you appreciate our values (if not share them directly) and understand that any choice we have made, these will be our guide.