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Our Vision Explained

‘Be The Best You Can Be’

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though working for the Lord.

Colossians 3:23

When the school opened in 2012, it was felt by the leaders, teachers, governors and key stakeholders that the children who came to St Michael’s would always ‘Be the best they could be’. That they would shine in the world and make a difference. That the children who work hard for themselves and prove that they are their own masters in their education ladder with support from amazing teachers and support staff.

In 2018, as a school we decided to add the Biblical verse from Colossians to support the children with understanding that this is a Church School and for those who wanted to follow in the footprints of Jesus this would be possible.

The Bible verse comes from when St Paul was writing to the people in Colossians about God and the importance of accepting Him into their lives. He asks the people to show kindness, compassion, patience, forgiveness and love in the same way as Christ. St Paul asks the people to fulfil this duty as a Christian regardless of their status, this would include the masters and their slaves. Verse 23 was written as an address to the rules in a Christian household aimed at slaves and their relationship with their Masters and God. It aims to encourage them to be the best they can be, to do things whole heartedly and with great spirit. In a different context, this is what we encourage our children to do – to learn with all their heart and with great spirit, not for their teachers but for themselves and God if they choose. Verse 24 tells the people their ultimate reward will be an eternal life in Heaven with God.

The principle of the verse applies to everything in education. Learning is itself an act of worship to the Lord. God created us in his image and is happy when we live in the way he wanted us to, especially when we develop and flourish in our own abilities. If it is worth doing, do it to your best ability, being the best you can, regardless of your faith or religion, but for those who choose to follow God then they will be rewarded when the time comes. We encourage our children to work and learn being the best they can be because that’s who they are not just because someone is watching. Teachers and staff love catching children in our school being their best because that’s who they are, well behaved, moral and compassionate people. We teach our children 10 core Christian values and these deepen their understanding of being the best beyond academic achievement, for example about being honest humans, striving for excellence in their lives, establishing and maintaining friendship to taking responsibility for our own actions and behaviours. We encourage and support our children to ‘be the best’ always from Reception on day one to Year Six on their last, whether they chose to do it as Christians for God or for themselves as individuals.