Our Christian Values
Meaning, ethics and vision must shape the practice of education and church schools have the responsibility to ground their values in the teachings of the Christian Faith and particularly the values found in writings which tell us about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. While values education has always been seen as an important part of our ethos at Rackham, it now has an enhanced profile and as a school we encourage all staff, governors and children to reflect on and articulate their values with much greater clarity and openness than in the past. Please note that we respect all religions at Rackham. Children and adults of any faith or none are invited to find out what Christians believe about God, the world and themselves.
Our mission statement and our vision
Our Mission Statement
Learning and Growing through Faith, Hope and Love.
Together, with a sense of worth and a genuine concern for others, we aim to give every child the opportunity to develop and enjoy his or her maximum potential academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Learning to love God, one another and ourselves.
At Rackham we learn to be the best that we can be through the teachings of Jesus Christ and the stories told in the Bible.
We learn the importance of faith and how faith is important in all religions. We are a multicultural and inclusive school. We serve children of Christian faith, other faiths and those of no faith. We value all faiths, respect people’s religious beliefs and people who have no religious faith. Pupils are taught to accept and respect people with different faiths or beliefs to their own and our pupils learn that differences in belief should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
‘‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."(Joshua 1:9)
Without hope learning simply becomes a process and teaching just becomes merely a job. With hope we learn self-belief and self-worth. We learn we can be the best that we can be.
Hope is not always spontaneous or easy. There is work to be done. We teach children that it is ok to make mistakes as they can be wiped away and it is from our mistakes we learn. As well as trusting God, we have to develop qualities of steadfastness in our own character.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”(Isaiah 40:31)
Love is all encompassing. Love is in all we do at Rackham. We learn to love our neighbour, ourselves and learning. Through love and all it embraces we strive to reach our full potential - to be the best we can be. To be the best friend, to be the best learner, to make the best choices; to be the best we can be as a person.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”(1 Corinthians 13)
At Rackham we see ourselves as a family, where each individual member is seen as special and is nurtured to be the best they can be. Through a rich curriculum, with God's love at the centre, we hope to enable every member of our community to flourish.
A statement of our Christian Ethos
Our 21st century school is a stimulating learning environment that prepares students for living and being an active member of their community. We encourage them to value the rich diversity of cultures they will encounter, and pupils are empowered to achieve their highest possible in academic, creative and sporting achievement both as members of a community and as individuals.
Rackham (CE) Primary provides pupils and staff with many opportunities to explore the significance of Christian faith and values to their own lives and the issues facing people locally, nationally and globally. We are committed to ensuring that the learning, social, and personal needs of all our pupils are met by our curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Learning to love God, one another and ourselves.
When people asked Jesus what were the most important things we should do he replied:
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength [and] You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
The school is first and foremost a place of learning. As a church school: It is a place where we learn how to love God, one another and ourselves. This is achieved through collective worship, religious education and the application of Christian principles to relationships within the school. A rich and varied curriculum enables us to discover the wonders of God’s creation and the worth of other people. Learning in an atmosphere of excellence and enjoyment enables us to grow in confidence and self esteem.
The History Of Our Christian Vision
As a Church school we have a distinctive character where Christian values are promoted in all aspects of school life. We encourage all members of the school community to promote a Christian ethos where care and respect is shown to everyone.
We enjoy strong links with the Parish Church of St Andrews. Members of the church community are timetabled to lead collective worship on a weekly basis and we regularly walk over to the church for times of worship. Other members of the church visit regularly to support the school and the learning of the children.
Our School was founded in 1844 by Rev. Hanworth Rackham who ran a day and Sunday school which accommodated between 70 and 100 pupils. Children paid a penny a week to attend. Rev Rackham was the vicar of Witchford, until he died in 1884, and the primary school was named after him. Recognising its historic Christian foundation, the school preserves and develops its strong Christian ethos and religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with St Andrew's Church and the Diocese of Ely.
Throughout the year we have a range of visitors and events that support our Christian vision. We explore other faiths during RE lessons so that children are taught to question and enquire about the world around them.
What is collective worship?
It aims to give pupils and school staff alike the opportunity to:
- Express praise and thanks giving to God
- Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness
- Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ
- Affirm Christian values and attitudes
- Share each other's joys and challenges
- Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar
Collective Worship is legally required to take place every school day and ‘shall be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ (1988 Education Act).
What will my child experience in Collective Worship at The Rackham?
As a Church of England School, Collective Worship is at the heart of school life. It happens every day, in various different forms, which give all children an opportunity to learn, celebrate and respond to Christian Values drawn from the Bible. Collective Worship songs are linked into the Value, and help the children reflect further on its meaning.
|Monday||Value for the week explored in a Christian context and in terms of whole school life, led by Mrs. Harrison|
|Tuesday||Singing celebration. A chance to praise through song.|
|Wednesday||Bible exploration, prayer and worship. Themes include Bible stories from The Old Testament linked to values, or celebrations in line with the church calendar.|
Values leaf celebration, Head teachers Awards, Sporting and Musical celebration, house point celebration. Led by Mrs. Harrison.
What makes it C of E?
Rackham Collective worship is based on the liturgy or pattern of Church of England Services. This helps staff and children to become familiar with its language and traditions so when they visit the church building, they can understand and take part in their services in a meaningful way.
Collective Worship is set up so that all children and adults, of any faith or none, are invited to find out what Christians believe about God, the world and themselves, and have reflection time wondering about big questions of life. Staff and pupils alike value the time of quiet and stillness as a way to bring the community together.