At St John the Baptist, we aim to promote SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development) of every child. Each aspect focuses on the different areas of development children must go through in terms of their exploration of themselves and the world; their views on ethical and moral issues; participation within the local community and appreciation of cultures. We do this through our RRS Team, our 5 School Beliefs, the implementation of British Values and community work.
Our 5 School Beliefs are based on Christian Values and play a big role on our spiritual development. Determination, Celebration, Co-operation, Honesty and Respect are all integrated into the school ethos and our pupils are the best role models of these beliefs.
Our RRS Team are a group of pupils whose aims are to promote the UNCRC Rights of the Child, global awareness and communication between adults and children within the SJB community. They focus on looking at issues within the world and helping all children at SJB become global citizens. You can read more about our RRS Team on the Pupil Pages.
The school is committed to embedding children’s rights into our practice and ethos. Every week, we focus on a new right from the UN Rights of a Child Charter. As a class, pupils practice democracy by voting on the most important Articles of the Rights of a Child and making these part of their classroom. Last year, we achieved our Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award following an assessment from a Unicef UK ambassador.
British Values are an important part of the school’s identity. The values are taught and reinforced through teaching children the Government’s definition of British Values:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The values are linked to our UN Children’s rights, with a different right and value explored every week.
At St John the Baptist, pupils and staff lead and participate in assisting the greater community. This is accomplished through various ways:
- Donations and fundraising events (Macmillan Cancer Support, Jeans for Genes Day, Children in Need, Red Nose Day, Christian Aid)
- Harvest festivals in partnership with St John’s Church – donations for Food Banks
- Choir performances for the local community (Citizens UK Assembly, Mary Seacole Nursing Home)
- Safer Streets – ensuring safer travel around the school environment for pupils and families
- Participating with companies such as CASS Business School and Linklaters for debates
- Experience of work life through work week activities
- Promoting the rule of law by inviting police and others who help our community, into our classrooms.
Helping others is encouraged and constitutes part of our 5 beliefs. Becoming active members within the community leads to our pupils becoming well informed global citizens.