At Wittersham Church Of England Primary School, we take our commitment to our core values of compassion, courage, and cooperation seriously. To ensure that these values are not just words but are embedded in our everyday lives, we've developed the 'Wittersham Way.'
What is the 'Wittersham Way'?
The 'Wittersham Way' is a set of standards and expectations that reflect our core values. It serves as our guiding light, providing a clear path for all members of our school community, including students, staff, parents, and caregivers.
Living by Our Values
Through the 'Wittersham Way,' we strive to create a community where these values are not only upheld but are actively lived out. Compassion, courage, and cooperation are not just ideals for us; they are the principles that define our actions, decisions, and interactions.
The Wittersham Way embodies the core values of compassion, courage, and cooperation, and serves as a beacon for our students to navigate their journey through our school community.
Matthew 22:39: "Love your neighbour as yourself."
Compassion is at the heart of our school values. We encourage students to understand and respect the feelings, needs, and experiences of others. In practice, this means:
Kindness: Being considerate and understanding towards classmates, teachers, and staff. Treating everyone with respect, regardless of differences.
Empathy: Putting yourself in someone else's shoes to better understand their feelings and perspective. This allows us to resolve conflicts peacefully and support those in need.
Inclusion: Making an effort to include everyone, ensuring no one feels left out or isolated. Embracing diversity and appreciating the richness it brings to our school community.
Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Courage empowers our students to stand up for what is right, even in the face of adversity. It involves:
Honesty: Admitting mistakes and taking responsibility for one's actions. Reporting incidents of misconduct or bullying to ensure a safe school environment.
Resilience: Facing challenges and setbacks with determination and a positive attitude. Seeking help when needed and persevering in the pursuit of personal growth and academic excellence.
Integrity: Upholding high moral and ethical standards, both in and out of the classroom. Making choices that reflect our values and principles.
1 Corinthians 12:12: "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."
Cooperation reinforces the idea that we are stronger when we work together, building a supportive and harmonious community. This includes:
Teamwork: Collaborating with peers on group projects, sharing ideas, and valuing the contributions of every team member.
Conflict Resolution: Addressing conflicts constructively by using communication and compromise to find mutually acceptable solutions.
Supporting One Another: Encouraging and helping classmates in their learning journey. Being a source of encouragement and guidance for those who may need it.
By embracing the Wittersham Way and the values of compassion, courage, and cooperation, our students actively contribute to the creation of a respectful and harmonious school environment. In practising these values, we are nurturing well-rounded individuals who are not only academically successful but also compassionate, courageous, and cooperative members of our larger society. We believe that by upholding these principles, we can collectively shape a school culture that is inclusive, supportive, and conducive to personal growth and academic achievement.
A Collective Commitment
By implementing and sharing the 'Wittersham Way,' we unite as a community, promising to support one another on our shared journey. Together, we set high standards for ourselves, and we hold each other accountable to ensure that we continue to grow, learn, and thrive in the light of God.
Join us as we walk the 'Wittersham Way,' where our values are not just spoken but lived, and where we come together to create an environment that reflects the teachings of Jesus and the principles that guide our school.