Vision, Values and Spirituality
At Bengeworth, we live out a promise to continually learn, improve our world and better ourselves by applying Christian values through our actions each and every day. Our values guide our choices as we learn and prepare us for the journey beyond our school, into our future.
We have strong links with St Peter's Church, Bengeworth and regularly visit the church for whole school collective worship and special celebrations. For more information about St Peter's Church please click here.
At Bengeworth Academy we…
Are respectful to all members of our school community.
Persevere with all aspects of school life.
Show that we can be a good friend to everyone.
Are responsible for our resources, school, environment, and behaviour.
Can be trusted.
Forgive each other and ourselves.
We show LOVE through all of our Christian Values.
When the rainbow appears in the clouds... I will remember the promise that continues forever. It is between me and every living thing on the earth."
Our definition of spirituality at Bengeworth is something that connects us all as inclusive spiritual beings, with the ability to look beyond ourselves and connect to something bigger. It is about the increasing awareness of the inner person and how this reflects what shapes our feelings, beliefs and behaviours in the same way ‘we are fearfully and wonderfully made’ Psalm 139:14. It is about the growing empathy, sense of belonging, concern and compassion shown towards others and the world around us allowing us to reflect on our Christian Values and Principles that influence and inspire our daily lives. We recognise that when ‘the rainbow appears’, we stop and notice moments of awe and wonder and appreciate the beauty of the journey. For some this may include experiencing feelings of transcendence which give rise to the belief in the existence of God. We appreciate that these wow moments appear ‘after the clouds’ of challenge, perseverance and doubt. Moments of stillness and reflection are used to help us to reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life and to live out the promise we make:
‘... to continually learn, improve our world and better ourselves by applying Christian values through our actions each and every day. Our values guide our choices as we learn and prepare us for the journey beyond our school, into our future.
Spirituality is promoted through the embedding of the five Spirituality Capacities and the high-quality opportunities we provide for our pupils which include:
Awe and Wonder
- Educational Visits - local and international
- Visitors in school
- WOW days
- Science investigations
- World Book Day
- Celebrations - Harvest/Easter
- The element of wonder in Literature
- Maths - The wonder of numbers, formulas and equations.
- Geography - Wonder at the diversity of environments and people
Connection and Belonging
- PSHE and RSE
- Community links / experience community cohesion at a local, national and global level
- Church links
- Reading buddies
- Class promises - Values & Vision
- Pupil Leadership Teams
- Golden Tea
- English - empathy with characters and authors in stories and plays.
- PE - Being a team member
- Geography - Empathy with people from other parts of the world
- History - Being part of History / influential events and people.
- Peer assessment
Curiosity and Mystery
- Bespoke activities such as Big Questions
- Curiosity cubes
- Key enquiry - Global Theme Links
- Science investigations/ Science Week/ Discovering the limits of experimentations
- Handling artefacts
- Learning about our British Values
- Pupil voice
- Vision and Values activities
- PSHE lessons and activities
- Pupil Leadership/ Behaviour sessions
- Reflection Time
- Global themes
- Use of Art, Music and drama to express selves.
- PE - pushing yourself to the limits - 12 minute move
Prayer and Worship
- Inclusive and meaningful Collective Worship which provide opportunities to learn, reflect and take action (Window, Mirror, Door)
- Opportunities for celebration, stillness, prayer and song both in school and in church
- Pupil Leadership responsibilities such as the Worship Team
- Engagement with biblical texts and theological ideas in class
- Displays and reflection areas within classrooms and around school
- Class assemblies
- RE lessons
- Sensory Garden
- Celebrating the lives of people of spiritual significance.
- Educational Visits to places of collective worship (mosque, church, synagogue)
It is through these Spiritual Capacities and opportunities that we develop our pupils' abilities and confidence to Dream, Believe, Achieve.