At St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School we actively promote Christian values, virtues and ethics that shape our children’s character and moral perspective based on the Gospel values and teaching of the Catholic Church. We are confident that this gives our children the awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today and embeds in them the skills to be an active citizen in the future as laid out in our vision statement.
Educating today's children to live fulfilled Christian lives as positive participants in tomorrow's world community.
At St Cecilia’s we are committed to serving our community, our local area and beyond by promoting ‘The Common Good’. We are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others and in doing so we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:
We actively promote and model democracy by making democratic values an explicit part of our school ethos. All adults listen to the views of children and value their opinions. Children have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Councils, Green Gladiator meetings, class decisions or votes and various pupil questionnaires. Elections for House captains, School councillors and Green Gladiators teach children about democratic processes including the importance of voting and respecting the result of the majority. Children also learn that issues can be resolved peacefully through circle time, that they can help resolve problems e.g. playground squabble busters, and challenge injustice. This also includes specific teaching within our curriculum e.g. Y6 study Martin Luther King and Y5 debate the use of Victoria House at North Cheam. Whole school celebrations linked to British, school or sporting events are taken as an opportunity to make links to our heritage and democratic values e.g. The Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the school’s 75th birthday and the Olympics.
75th Anniversary Mass
Rule of Law
We actively promote and model the rule of law by constantly reinforcing the importance of procedures and law in the classroom and playground and through school assemblies and circle time. Children are taught to understand the difference between right and wrong and that we should follow Christ’s example by following God’s rules which are the basis for our Golden Rules. Children grow to understand the need for laws and that they are there for personal protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Our behaviour policy, Golden Rules and the behaviour reflection sheets make sure our expectations are clear and encourage children to respect and obey the rules through a positive approach. Our history curriculum covers the basis of democracy through the study of the Greeks, the Victorians and modern times. Y6 visit the Houses of Parliament and from time to time there are visits in school from the police, transport for London, the Fire Brigade and our local MP and Mayor.
Year 6 Visit to the Houses of Parliament
We actively promote and model individual liberty by encouraging our children to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. This includes extra-curricular activities and Fun Friday choices. The development of children’s self-esteem and confidence is important and we encourage them to be independent and engage voluntarily in playground activities like peer supporters and red hats. Children are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. We also teach children consideration of others through the RE and PSHE curriculum in particular and help them to challenge stereotypes, and events like our anti-bullying week reinforce this message. E-safety teaching enables the children to make choices in a safe manner.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
We actively promote and model respect and tolerance through our school’s ethos, behaviour policy and Golden Rules which are based on Gospel values, with the important commandment being ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Through assemblies and our curriculum we constantly promote respect for others, the importance of good manners and how to work collaboratively and value others’ opinions. As a Catholic worshipping community in a multi-cultural school, children are reminded that we all have a place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through the curriculum particularly in RE where children study and learn to respect other faiths, the spiritual life of the school and events like our multi-cultural and RE weeks. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, age, gender, faith, heritage or race. There are many links that the school has established with both the local community and beyond including visits to our local churches including the Baptist church and the Synagogue. Y4 perform the Nativity play for the day patients at the local hospice and the school is linked to St Ignatius School in Zimbabwe. All children are keen to support charities whether local, national or global and this is often done through their own suggestions and initiatives which are discussed at School Council.
Year 4 Nativity to St Raphael's