British Values Statement
At Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School we are fully committed to promoting British Values in line with recent Dfe recommendations and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, to keep children safe and prepare them for life in modern Britain.
We welcome Dfe’s focus on strengthening the ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) standard’ by actively promoting the fundamental British Values, of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.
We will encourage pupils to respect other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.
Mr M. Byrne Headteacher November 2016
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:
Respect and obey the law
Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions
Treat others with fairness
Look after yourself and your family
Look after the area in which you live and the environment
At Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School we believe our brand new Code of Conduct and Mission Statement, as well as our stimulating curriculum and extra-curricular activities, fully supports these fundamental British Values.
We are committed to promoting these in the following ways:
Democracy: Democracy is a central theme within our school. Pupils have had a key say in shaping our Mission Statement - each phrase in the 'Holy Spirit acrostic poem' are pupil phrases. Our new Home school agreement allows, pupils, school and parents/carers to work and agree together the principles and rules we share.
Democracy with parents: Parents are encouraged to contribute to the life of the school and shape policy and practise with a suggestion box and questionnaires. We are pleased that parents are overwhelmingly supportive of what we aim to achieve - especially given all the recent improvements - two themes emerged from parent questionnaires which we acted on to improve last year (1) consistent homework and (2) wide range of extra-curricular activities - we have acted to ensure that both services are now vastly improved. Last year, nursery pupils wore uniform for the first time - this was only agreed after 95% of parents agreed to the change through consultation.
School Council: Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have had contributed to. Attendance rewards are always picked by the class themselves - eg a bouncy castle afternoon!
The School Council meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics. These topics are shared and fed back to other pupils in assemblies and class council meetings.
Recent School Council successes: (1) The school council have recently been central in the following changes:
(1) Introducing zoning on the junior playground
(2) Bringing in the new sports MUGA at the front of nursery (see picture below - the Council children pose with the new sports zone)
(3) Agreeing the wording of our behaviour Code of Conduct
(4) Planning and arranging our new Healthy Tuck shop.
The Rule of Law:
All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
The recent Code of Conduct, led by pupils and staff working together, is the perfect example of how we respect the laws around us. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits from the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce these messages. Our local police officers have visited to inspire our pupils and have given out medals during our attendance awards and also even judged and officially witnessed our dough disco world record attempt!
The children discuss many moral issues throughout their Philosophy lessons (P4C) and extra-curricular clubs and this enables them to develop their understanding of the rules of the law.
The principles of democracy and the rule of law were discussed and shared with the children with the recent visit to school of our MP Peter Dowd in June 2016. Peter, an ex pupil of Holy Spirit discussed many important institutions ranging from Westminster, to the police and how local and national laws are made. Take a look at some pictures of his visit
Here are some good examples of respect for the rule of law around school...
In class, children have role played the role of the police acting as detectives in finding out the mystery of the flying frogs! Look at these examples from reception and year 2.
School Council learn about democracy with Town Hall visit:
In October 2016 our Junior School Council representatives were invited to Bootle Town Hall to meet local councillors and tour the impressive Town Hall building. The children were very lucky to be able to try on the Mayoral robes and chains and to hold the actual Maces which are used at formal council meetings. After a tour of the chambers, the children met three local councillors and asked them questions. All of the councillors and Town Hall staff commented on how smart the children looked in their uniforms. Mrs Richardson and Mrs Proffitt were so proud of the school council representatives. They were fantastic ambassadors and made a wonderful impression.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. Children volunteer freely around the school - we have a wide variety of pupil teams which support school life.
Pupil volunteering: : Pupils volunteer in so many ways at Holy Spirit!
Here are some examples:
(1) Play buddies - Year 6 children help the youngest children on the infant playground
(2) Play equipment leaders - Year 4 and 5 pupils set out the play equipment and play zones on the front playground
(3) Dinner hall helpers - year 4 and 5 children help the sinner ladies give out juice and brush the floor
(4) School council - children give their own time to go to meetings and represent their peers
(5) Junior librarians - Older children organise the library and read with reception pupils - our year 6 boy librarians act as role models to younger boy readers
(6) Eco green team - Eco pupils aim to reach Green flag award status this year. They are presently working on improving our recycling and developing the new outdoor eco garden/classroom
(7) Bike it Crew - Bike it children will be aiming for Bike It Sustrans gold award this year. Bike it breakfasts allow children to come into school early on their bikes - in a healthy way - sharing a healthy breakfast with parents. Bling your bike activities
(8) Tuck monitors - Year 6 pupils volunteer their play times serving at the new healthy snack shop
(9) 60 year anniversary team - Pupils met and planned many activities for our 7 decades work
(10) Pupil safety and well-being team - Pupils meet with governors to discuss safety issues in school and anything which may affect pupil well-being
(10) Head boy and head girl - New for September 2016 - we will appoint a Head boy and Head girl to spend weekly briefings with senior staff and governors to discuss day to day issues
Bike it Crew:
We have received the Sustrans Silver award. We have had several Bike it Breakfasts which brings families together for a healthy breakfast after cycling into school. We loved the Pedal powered smoothie-maker on Science inquiry day. We have had some successful 'Ditch the stabilisers' days for our reception pupils. We had a fabulous 'red - white and blue' 'Bling your Bike' day to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.
Eco Green team:
The eco 'Green team' have had many successes such as receiving the Green flag silver award. We have set up our own sustainability vegetable garden and sold our own fruit and vegetables on the playground to parents via our Gardening club. We loved our visits to the Southport eco centre and Martin Mere. Our bird watching club took part in the Great British Bird watching survey. We collected a 'silver river' of 5p's whilst helping the CAFOD 'Make a Splash' appeal. We had our own eco stall of recycled items at both the Christmas and summer fair. We are ensuring we recycle paper, card and plastic bottles whilst our latest project is to develop our outdoor eco nature garden - we plan to have a willow, pond, bird houses, dens for outdoor story telling and hedgehog homes. We are working with Sid Webster a local volunteer to make this happen!
Recycling: There has been a big focus on recycling:
(1) Paper and card from every class - recycled on Fridays
(2) Recycling equipment and resources from St Ambrose Barlow
(3) Eco team and charity team working together to recycle glasses for Vision Aid Oversees
(4) Recycled stall at Summer and Christmas fairs
(5) Areas around school decorated in recycled material - eg nursery sensory area
Charity work volunteering: Holy Spirit has taken pride in being part of a huge amount of charity work over the last year or two. Examples include:
(1) Race for Life - raising over £4,000 with our special event at Litherlnd Sports Park
(2) McMillan Coffee mornings
(3) 'Wear it pink' for breast cancer
(4) Make a s Splash - CAFOD water appeal
(5) Operation Christmas Child
(6) Onesie- Wednesday - autism awareness
(7) Odd socks day - Chromosome difference awareness
(8) British Heart foundation - Wear Red theme
(9) Cri-Du Chat
(10) Oxfam - recycled second hand books
Tolerance and Mutual Respect for those of different faiths and beliefs:
As a Catholic community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class. Through the curriculum, we have studied other countries and cultures, such as studying 4 South American counties (with older and younger classes linking) during the Brazil World Cup. Our language TA Mrs Wilson was able to provide expert help on Peru, where she is from!
Good recent examples are year 3 and year 4's visit to the Childwall Synagogue. In November 2016, we also had our Hinduism workshop. Details of these events are set out below.
Judaism Week - Childwall Synagogue
During Judaism week Year 3 and 4 visited Childwall Synagogue. They learnt so many facts from the Rabbi. The Synagogue is a Jewish form of a Church. It is a place of prayer and worship. Prayer services are performed by Rabbis in the Synagogue.
The opening of the Arc is the most significant part of the service.
Inside the Arc there are five Torah’s with special covers and crowns on top of them. Each Torah costs a staggering £25,000.
Jews have to wear special clothes in the Synagogue. Males have to wear a Kippah on their heads to show that they respect God. A Tallit is a tasselled shawl which Jewish men wear around their shoulders.
Hinduism Day - Tuesday 1st November
On Tuesday all children enjoyed a Hinduism day. They enjoyed learning about another faith and showed great respect. The girls enjoyed wearing a range of saris and the boys tried on different prayer shawls and turbans. They listened to different stories about the Hindu Gods and Goddesses and danced away to different music. The children also learnt how to say hello in Hindi – Namaste
The lady who organised the Hinduism Workshop was very impressed by the children’s attitude and behaviour. She made this comment after the day. “Thank you very much for inviting me to Holy Spirit. I felt very welcome at your school, and had a wonderful time.”