Thinking, Learning, Caring
At St John’s School our
Core Values underpin everything we do. They represent our school ethos and
principles. We all strive to live out the School’s Core Values on a daily
basis. We believe that St John’s School should be a safe, secure and happy learning
environment, that allows us take risks as learners, as well as grow and develop
How we believe Thinking,
Learning, Caring is seen, felt, heard, taught and developed at St John’s
believe Thinking is about:
encourage children to have a positive attitude towards school, their learning,
themselves as individuals as well as others in our community. We encourage
children to think about their skills and talents and aspire to achieve their
potential. We will positively strive toensure every child makes the best possible progress, has the
best possible education and we will think of how we can all develop and achieve
We want children to become increasingly independent and self-motivated
learners. We want to see everyone thinking about their targets and ways
forward and organizing their own motivation, time, work and opportunities to
accomplish their required progress. We encourage everyone to think about the
choices we make and to maintain a positive attitude in everything we do.
want children to become confident in their views and thoughts
so they can contribute
effectively, communicate clearly and challenge
themselves. We need to model this for children, by being confident
our views and challenge ourselves too
and Planning: We teach children to take responsibility
for their organisational skills, to look after themselves, their belongings and
the school’s property. We need to think about and be respectful in valuing
time, appreciative of the efforts of others and the opportunities we are given.
We need to be ready, planned and prepared for the day’s activities and events.
Staff and pupils need to plan learning in order to achieve the best we can.
When things go wrong, we need to recognise this, learn from mistakes, pick
ourselves up, and think how we could do things differently next time.
We teach and promote creativity. We should celebrate diversity of
approach and encourage children to be creative thinkers. We will aim to
incorporate the distinctiveness of our Island and outdoor learning into our
teaching and learning We will value differing views and ideas and reflect on
We encourage children to be curious about their thinking, learning and
environment. We support investigative thinking and learning, awe and
wonder and provide time for children to investigate and discover for
themselves, ask questions and observe the world around them. Staff need to
model curiosity and value the space and time needed to explore, question and
Learning is about:
We aim for commitment to our learning, the school
and the local community. We will commit to making learning relevant and
current ensuring that our learners are equipped with the necessary skills for
today’s world. We follow the Jersey Curriculum ensuring that it meets the needs
of all our learners and supports our school ethos. We are committed to taking
risks as learners and challenging ourselves to do our best. We aim to ensure
both staff and children represent the high standards that we expect in our
attitude as learners, our appearance and conduct.
Achievement and Pride: We
have high expectations for every single child and expect them to progress well
and achieve to their best ability. We believe that everyone in our
community should feel proud of their achievements and able to celebrate their
successes, no matter how large or small. We need to celebrate our own
achievements and ensure we give time to celebrate children’s achievements.
We will support children with the process of self-reflection and provide time
and opportunity to revisit work, edit and improve it. Children should expect
formative comments made on their learning and be allowed space to consider how
to move their learning forward. We need to provide time, space and opportunities
for discussion in moving learning forward, throughout the school, forward.
Collaboration: We teach
collaborative skills so that children can work effectively and productively as
a team and community member. We teach skills such as leadership,
organisation and decision-making. We will encourage clear, concise
conversation as well as model and use “helpful talk” throughout our community.
We need to work in collaboration between home and school to ensure that we do
what is best, for each child.
want all children to enjoy their learning, be motivated as learners, as well as
enthusiastic about their learning. We strive to make learning a
motivating, engaging, enjoyable experience. We believe that learning and
school should be challenging, exciting and fun. We should all enjoy coming to
school. St John’s School should be a place where everyone can smile, laugh and
enjoy learning together.
Caring is about:
We make the school as safe as possible. We teach the children about how to look
after themselves and each other, physically and emotionally. We have a
collective responsibility to ensure we keep children safe in and around school
and feel safe and secure to take risks as learners. Everyone at St John’s
School is encouraged to think about the choices they make and act safely and
appropriately in and around school.
– Our school, Parish and Island community is
important to us. We will incorporate our distinctiveness in as many ways as
possible into our learning and school life. We will strive to value and respect
everyone in our community, and teach our children to respect themselves and
others. We think about our communication with each other and speak
appropriately to each other.
We teach children to be polite and have good manners. We encourage
everyone to listen to others and demonstrate positive body language. We learn
to deal with conflicts honestly, openly and respectfully, knowing that we won’t
always agree with each other. We think about how we use our voices and hands
appropriately. We model politeness in our communication with each other. Our
conversations are fair and professional, supportive and truthful.
We try to ensure that all children feel valued and included in our school, and
celebrate and learn from cultural, religious and other differences. We
ensure everyone’s contribution is valued and celebrate their unique role and
contribution to our community. St John’s School Community promotes a sense
of belonging, where everyone is respected and has an important role to play.
Empathy – We
support children in understanding the meaning of the word “empathy” and promote
a culture where we listen to each other, support one another in difficult times,
as well as challenging each other when choices demand courage and commitment.
Honesty and Integrity – At
St John’s School, we teach the importance of speaking the truth and being
honest, even when we have done something wrong. We all value the importance of
integrity and being moral in our choices and decisions. We realize that we need
support and guidance in demonstrating integrity. We aspire to be people who are
known to demonstrate integrity in all areas of life.