One of the principal outcomes of our work together as a leadership team at the start of the month was the revisiting of our school vision – the post on Honouring our Christian Foundation will give some clues why this was necessary. The solid foundation stones of the school’s vision were laid at the start of the school, but we want them really to count for something, to bring them into everything we do. So, here they are – not the finished article, but something to comment on, adapt, amend, build on, by teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, governors, parents and – above all – children.

The Parable of the Sower – Our Story

A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among the weeds and nothing came of it. Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.

 Mark Chapter 4 Verses 3-8

At Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School we provide the ‘good earth’ for all in our community to flourish; where every member can fully explore who they are created to be, with the high expectation that we, individually and collectively, will bear fruit beyond our wildest dreams. A place where we are LOVING, LEARNING and GROWING TOGETHER.

A loving community: At our heart is an ever-increasing understanding of God as the source of Love. Because we know each child as a unique treasure, we value each other, treating each other as we would love to be treated ourselves. Being motivated by Love, we strive to be a community where everyone works for the good of everyone else.

A learning community: We are a community that deeply desires to learn, believing that we all can excel in learning. We nurture learning behaviours so that we are all empowered to be lifelong fearless learners: embracing challenge, releasing creativity, persisting through difficulty, seeing mistakes as opportunity, discovering for ourselves and responding to what we discover in wonder.

A growing community: We diligently strive for excellence in all we do by working our hardest and seeking to improve. At Christ the Sower we ‘grow’ people and community who are able to embrace the fullness of life.

A community together: We rejoice in our diversity and recognise that we are parts of the same body journeying together, walking hand-in-hand with God. We aim to provide a rich and true experience of Christian community, being a beacon of love, light and hope here on the West flank of Milton Keynes.

“We are growing every moment, as the plants grow from the ground

“Wiser, stronger, kind to others,  learning skills of sight and sound…

“Christ the Sower, sow your seed – love and peace the whole world needs.”

At the start of September, we prepared for a Festival of Belonging and we celebrated this in style. At that time, we thought about:

  • Our name of belonging – Christ the Sower
  • Our sign of belonging – the ear of wheat symbol
  • Our story of belonging – the Parable of the Sower
  • Our song of belonging – We are growing every moment
  • Our rule of belonging – the Golden Rules we strive to live by

What is interesting to see is that the wordle of our draft vision above puts “learning” and “community” right at the heart of what we long to be. Have a look at these…

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About Huw Humphreys

I am a headteacher in the city of Milton Keynes, where I have been since April 2011, looking to make education effective for the whole child and keeping a distant relationship with the powers that be and their narrowing approach to education... but most of all I am looking to find out what it means to be both a follower of Jesus Christ and a passionate educator in the midst of an unsettled community. I am also a part time musician, part time linguist and lover of history and literature...committed both to freedom to learn and depth of learning for all our children. The views on this blog are all my own, and not in any way those of the school I lead!

2 responses »

  1. […] What view of the future guides my conduct? are worth asking perpetually, and lie underneath the vision for the school that we wrote last […]

  2. […] someone had had for the school. I left them in place for nearly a year until we had a proper go at redefining our vision and then looked at them again. Nobody told me where they had come from (a feature of the high staff […]

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