Vision and Values
Our school is Ecumenical in every sense. We are multi denominational as well as having a very wide range of faiths at school. One aspect of our inter-church make up is being Methodist (there are not many Methodist schools in the country). Methodist Schools are inclusive and unpretentious communities where individuals are valued, good order is respected, relationships cherished, and where excellence in its widest sense (academic, extra-curricular, lifestyle) is pursued for children of all faiths and none.
Our belief in creating an inclusive family, that builds on the strengths of many distinct groups runs through all that we do. We respect difference, seek out new ways to do things and then refine them into “The Vine” way. Meaning we create a stronger community every time we change, grow and add new family members.
The Vine School aims link directly to our commitment to developing the whole child. In the school hall there is a Vine backpack in which each of these aims is represented by an item chosen by the pupils. At the beginning of each school year the backpack is unpacked and the school aims are explored and discussed. At the centre of the backpack there is a secret heart that symbolises the key aim of the school, that every pupil and member of staff is known, valued and loved.
THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT – OUR SCHOOL VALUES
we aim to achieve our Vision by living by our values
The name of our school comes from the Bible reading John: 5 ‘
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.’
The fruits of the spirit are found in Galatians 5:
LIVING OUR CHRISTIAN VISION
‘A LOVE OF ONE ANOTHER.’
As part of our Whole School Home Learning pupils, parents and carers were asked to share how they have demonstrated ‘a love of one another in our community and beyond. We have always believed at The Vine that we can make a difference to others and once again our families have proved that. We are committed to developing citizenship in preparation for life within the local, national and global communities and engage in social action for change and our families embrace it. We thank our families for living The Vine Vision.
We hope you enjoy looking through our photo gallery showing some examples of Home Learning to find out what our amazing families have been up to.
An example of a testimonial from a parent about our values:
“Hope you are all doing well. I just thought I would feedback on some recent experience I have had with my children around some of their learning they have brought home.
As a parent of two children attending the school I just wanted to write a brief note about how impressed I have been with my children's understanding of the vine values and how they are bringing some of that learning and understanding home with them- and reminding me of some of them!
My children have both been very excited to impart their knowledge to me (as they think I need to incorporate some more of them into family life - I am thinking they may want me to be a bit more patient). But this tells me that the messaging in the school around morals and values has been consistent and done in a way that both my children (different ages ) can interpret and really take on board.
We now have a worry jar at home so that we as a family can put our worries down and then have an opportunity to talk about our feelings. My [eldest] was very quick to tell me we needed to talk about them with love and kindness.
As you are probably more than aware - siblings have found this lockdown period difficult and they have spent so much time together that arguments have been inevitable. But last week (the second week they have been back full time) - they started having an argument when they got home from school - my older child actually stopped herself (very rare) and said to my youngest maybe they should think about the vine value of patience instead - this instantly resolved the issue and I thought what a fantastic way of them feeling empowered to change the way they interacted in that moment.
So I just wanted to acknowledge and extend my thanks to the school for their continued efforts to instil these core values in my children - from the stories they tell me I can hear this messaging is threaded through much of the work / worship done in the school and thought it was important for you to know that it is having an impact, even in the little ways, to help my kids navigate their way through these tough times.
Many thanks “