“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
We are constantly evaluating how our school’s Christian vision inspires the whole school community to engage in social action and to be courageous advocates for change in their local, national and global communities.
We have a dedicated Church Council that works closely with the Church and local community on issues both near and far. Our local charity this year is focussing on Dementia Awareness and the school will be working with local groups to promote understanding of this disease.
We regularly support Christian Aid week, with the children performing jobs and tasks to raise money for this important charity. Children in Need, Save the Children and Shelter have been other charities to benefit from the actions of the children.
We share the Church of England’s view on Courageous Advocacy.
Our vision for education takes Jesus’ two commandments which were the starting place for Jesus replying when he was asked ‘what is the greatest commandment’ and his answers was the two commandments below. To which the young man asked ‘And who is my neighbour?’
Our intention is that Yoxall St Peter’s should be Deeply Christian and Serving the Common Good – our school retains that link with Christian love of God and worship, plus the desire to love and serve the whole community, seeing all without exception as worthy of God’s love and the love of the community. We are courageous advocates for this vision.
It is said that charity begins at home: as part of our vision of helping, every Friday in Celebration Assembly, the children designate a ‘Carer of the Week.’ The recipient’s class receives extra benefits, such as more playtime, in reward for their selfless actions. The children nominate the potential Carers in the Golden Book, which is preserved for all time to celebrate the little good needs of kindness that permeate our school life. As the award is given the children sing ‘A Little Bit of Kindness’ and show the sign of friendship by shaking hands. It’s a lovely moment, every week!
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St Peter's Yoxall C of E Primary School
Partner School in the John Taylor MAT