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British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values.

 

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.

St Nicholas Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school underpinned by our Mission Statement of “striving to be an inspiring and aspirational learning community following in the example of Jesus.” We prepare children to take their place in society, empowering them to become responsible citizens who will contribute positively, locally, nationally and globally.

 

The core British values are:

 

Democracy

St Nicholas School have a pupil council, comprising of one pupil from each class who are nominated by their classmates to represent them. The group meets regularly with staff, governors and parents in a discussion forum with the aim of working towards improving both our school and wider communities. Each classes councillor is elected by their fellow classmates and the class teacher. This is done to demonstrate democracy to the children.

 

Individual Liberty

Children are encouraged to make good choices by all adults employed working within our school. These choices are reinforced by themes covered in PSHE ‘Jigsaw’ lessons delivered weekly.

Our Buddy systems encourages the development of leadership qualities together with a collective sense of responsibility. Children in positions of responsibility are encouraged to be positive role models for their peers.

 

The Rule of Law

As a Catholic school great emphasis is placed upon values of respect, tolerance and forgiveness for others, this is also a particular focus of our ‘Come and See’ programme.

 

Mutual Respect

Our school ethos is centred upon mutual respect and the belief that all members of our community deserve respect. A cross-curricular approach ensures that this value is promoted through all aspects of the life of our school, where the individual is cherished and encouraged to understand the effect of behaviour and attitudes to others.

 

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Our school’s diversity is celebrated and children are taught that the faiths and beliefs of others should be respected. We look at a variety of World Religions through our Come and See programme. We also celebrate the various languages spoken by the children and staff in our school through ‘Language of the Month’. We hold learn about and celebrate other cultures during ‘Multicultural’ Week’.

Deputy Lieutenants of Merseyside Visit to talk about the Platinum Jubilee

of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

 

The children and staff of Saint Nicholas’ Catholic Primary School enjoyed a very special assembly led by Colonel Charles Hilock, one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Merseyside. The children learnt all about the Queen’s forthcoming Platinum Jubilee and the life and work of Her Majesty.

 

After the assembly, as one of the schools taking part in the Queens Green Canopy Project, a tree planting ceremony took part in the school grounds. This is one of fifteen trees which will be planted at the school. This is part of a massive national effort to plant more individual trees and to expand woodlands to mark the Jubilee.

 

The event linked nicely to the school’s History and Geography curricula and emphasises the importance of addressing climate change and global warming which has been so prevalent in the news recently, especially whilst COP26 was taking place last November. 

 

“This was a fabulous assembly full of information about our monarchy, its values and what it stands for. Then being able to play our part in developing the Queens Green Canopy Project straight afterwards alongside our pupil council and vice chair of governors, Mr Justin Chiong, was another fantastic learning opportunity the children thoroughly enjoyed” 

 

Mr Martin Davies, Head teacher 

 

 

Some of the children’s comments after the assembly: 

“I learnt that the queen just doesn’t rule she has to do a lot of different work as well for people around the world” 

“I never knew that the Queen was in charge of so many other countries in our Commonwealth as well as our country” 

“2022 is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year and she wants us all to help with climate change by planting hundreds of trees in her country” 

“I didn’t know that the Queen Elizabeth the Second was from such a big family who look after her as she is getting old” 

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