Here at St Nicholas’ Primary School, we believe that Values based Education is at the heart of all learning, and as a result, we have embarked on a journey to become a Values based Education School.
The chosen values for our school are, in alphabetical order:
Appreciation, Courage, Freedom, Friendship, Honesty, Independence, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Tolerance, Trust and Unity
All maintained schools have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At St Nicholas’ Primary School we promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils and through this demonstrate our commitment to fostering fundamental British values.
Meeting requirements for collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom are all ways we ensure pupils’ SMSC development. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.
12th – 16th November was Freedom Week at St Nicholas’School. We wanted to give thanks for our freedom on the centenary of the ending of World War 1. Each class in the school visited the Marston War Memorial and saw the names of people who lost their lives in the First World War. In our P4C sessions we explored what Freedom means to us. During the week each class made a Freedom wreath in their class and on Friday morning we laid our wreaths under our Freedom tree, a beautiful weeping cherry tree that FOSNS have donated to us. Our tree will be planted at the entrance to our school.
Honesty (STEM) Week
This yesr we celebrated ‘Honesty’ during our STEM week (11th -15th March). The week started with a brilliant visit from Science Oxford who kept us on the edge of seats with an explosive assembly and action packed workshops. Throughout the week we welcomed visitors from our school comunntiy who shared their STEM work with us. Every class explored flight through making paper aroeplanes and the week culminated on Friday afternoon with an excellent and informative STEM Fayre in the school hall.