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Christian ethos

Vision

Our whole community were involved in developing a vision for our school. Our motto, ‘ Be the Light,’ has been wholeheartedly adopted by our community. It really does underpin all we do at Willow Park.

The verse from Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” was chosen because, although our school building is hidden, we want the kind acts, love and wonderful learning of our school family to shine brightly. The ultimate worth of each person in our school is at the centre of all we do. We value the, ‘light’ of every individual and we seek to nurture that light and encourage each of us to be the light to others.

Collective Worship

Being a church school, Collective Worship is a very important part of our everyday life. We have a three year rolling programme when a different value is explored for the whole term. On Monday and Tuesday we meet together as a whole school to explore the value and then on a Wednesday we meet in our own classes for a time of reflection and prayer. We love to sing as a whole school on a Thursday and on Fridays we enjoy celebrating all the children who have, ‘been the light’ that week.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Thankfulness Respect Generosity
Compassion Friendship/Unity Wisdom
Perseverance Courage Justice
Humility Forgiveness Hope
Creativity Responsibility Peace
Trust Service Truthfulness

Church Links

At Willow Park we strive to build on the strong links made with the church and community prior to the amalgamation of St George and St Michael’s. Our school community has built up a special relationship with St Stephen’s Church in the centre. We love to visit the church during the year and participate in a Harvest or Easter Festival. In addition, we have built up a lovely link with their sister church, Holy Trinity in Hotwells. The congregation have led Christmas and Easter trails for our children to experience and some of our pupils have served the elderly at the Trinity Lunch Club.

Serving the Community

An important part of our vision is based on a desire to spread joy by serving local people and nature through song and action. As well as serving the elderly at the Trinity Lunch club, we will continue to take part in a Christmas Nativity and sing Carols at our local Children’s Hospital. For many years, as a choir, we have led the Christmas songs at the, ‘turning on of Christmas Steps Lights’ and have delighted shoppers at Cabot Circus with our carol singing.

Visits to Local Places of Worship

We place a lot of value on visiting different Local Places of Worship so that children gain a better understanding of different religions in a real and tangible way. All classes are given the opportunity to visit a different place of worship during the same term. We visit the Jewish Synagogue, Sikh Gurdwara, Hindu temple, Mosque, the John Wesley New Rooms, Cathedral and of course our very own St Stephen’s.