Welcome to St. John's
Our school is a Church Aided School
- this means that the members of
St. Johns Parish Church
and the Diocese of Wakefield
have contributed towards the building of the school
and continue to care for it,
both buildings and people.
As the Church is closely involved with the school, we feel it is right that the Admission Policy should reflect this. Our school is also a neighbourhood school serving the ecclesiastical parish of Golcar within the Kirklees Education Authority and this is also reflected in the policy.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
In this Church School we hope that the love of Jesus Christ will be evident to all who come within our walls. We hope that it will guide not only the religious parts of the day, but will become a firm foundation for the whole life of the school. We hope that the children of this school as they grow physically and mentally, will also grow socially and spiritually so gaining a real respect for themselves, for each other, and indeed, for the whole of this exciting world - God's world - in which we all live.
"Education must nourish the diverse talents of our children. It must widen their horizons; develop their appetite for learning; enable them to live life to the full. It must foster intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual development and help children develop the values that will guide them through the difficult decisions they will have, inevitably, to make in adult life."
[Dearing Report 1993]
A letter from the Bishop of Wakefield I am pleased to welcome your child and you to this school - and hope that you will find it a happy place. This is a Church of England School. It aims to give your child everything the law requires and all that other schools offer - but to do so within a Christian framework. There are 106 Church Schools in this Diocese of Wakefield. Parents particularly ask for their child to be educated in one of our schools. That is because of the Christian atmosphere which is built on the foundations of belief in God and faith in Jesus - and also respect for those children of different faiths. Many parents are grateful for the way in which our Church Schools help to prepare their children to become good and honest members of the community. But we cannot do that without the guidance and example which comes from the home and family. I invite you to join with the staff of this school in helping your child to grow not only physically and mentally, but also spiritually and socially. In that way your child will gain self respect, respect for other people and, above all, respect for God.
May the blessing of God be upon you.
St John's Church School The school is a Church of England School and has close links with St. John's Parish Church. Its religious education, like other aspects of the school's life is concerned with the development of the mind and the spirit, with growth into a reasoned and reasonable attitude to life, values and beliefs and with the growth of a sense of community. The religious education of the school includes a daily assembly, a time for coming together for worship based on the life and experiences of the child. The Christian year provides an opportunity for enjoyable shared experiences, and from time to time the children worship in the Parish Church as a normal part of their school life. Other occasions in the life of the school and of the wider society provide themes through which Christian ideas and religious awareness may be developed by both staff and pupils. The Vicar of St. John's Golcar, Martyn Crompton, is a frequent visitor to the school and occasionally shares a small part of the religious teaching in the school. A child may be excused from religious worship and instruction on the written request of parents under the Education Act 1944, Section 25. A room will be set aside on receipt of the request.
We believe that a good learning environment aims to foster self discipline, a sense of responsibility for others in the community and honesty in action and in thought. If the school is not to be merely a place of repression and restraint it needs to arouse the interest and procure the active participation and support of its pupils. Good discipline in school is the result of good relationships and these are essentially the responsibility of the teachers who have it in their power to create the personal relationships, the atmosphere and the attitudes conducive to good discipline. While good discipline may well depend upon the professional competence of the teacher, the whole school community must be such as to minimise and cope with the problems of indiscipline, the whole school approach being positive and remedial rather than negative and penal. A positive and constructive approach to discipline must take account of unusual and exceptional behaviour. The behaviour of children is affected by the environment in which they operate, their ability, the task in hand and their own opinion of themselves. Children need the opportunity to gain confidence by being successful and in so doing adding to their own self esteem. True discipline includes the exercise of responsible choice as an important part of learning. Teachers have to educate children to develop a proper independence of thought and action whilst living in a community which has accepted modes of behaviour.
This is our school.
Let peace dwell here.
Let the room be full of contentment.
Let love abide here.
Love of one another.
Love of mankind.
Love of life itself,
And love of God.
Let us remember that as
many hands make a house,
so many hearts make a school.