‘...with God, all things are possible.’ (Matthew 19:26)
At St Mary’s and St John’s school, a Church of England Foundation, we believe that God is the source of all wisdom. We strive to know God and the world in which we live in order to grow into people capable of serving our local and global community. Through the pursuit of wisdom and commitment to service we have the hope of a future brimming with possibility.
Our core Christian values; Wisdom, Service and Hope, define us, strengthen our relationships, and provide guiding principles that enable us to live out our vision that ‘…with God, all things are possible’.
Wisdom is insight into the way life works: a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things. Christ’s sacrificial life and his teaching about love and humility may appear guileless by the world’s standards but, in reality, it expresses the Wisdom of God.
We strive to equip our students with the ability to make wise judgments, to grow in their understanding and awareness of the world around us and of God.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer. (Proverbs 9:12)
Jesus said that he ‘came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ The parable of the Good Samaritan shows we should serve those in need whoever they are. ‘Going the extra mile’ involves sacrifice, putting ourselves out for someone else’s benefit. It is precisely in a life of service that we become most truly free.
As a community, we promote the service of others - service not self.
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:14-15)
Our hope is rooted in the love and faithfulness of God. We believe that hard work, resilience and perseverance will create a hope-filled future for all our students.
We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4)
The character traits linked to our values: