Mission statement – Aiming high in all that we do
School vision – Chelmondiston School, working and learning collaboratively
to secure pupils’ futures and dreams
We use a Bible story to underpin our aims and values, this is the parable of the Good Samaritan.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. It is about a traveler who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead alongside the road. First a priest and then a Levite comes by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan happens upon the traveler. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured man. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to the question from a lawyer, "And who is my neighbour?" .
In response, Jesus tells the parable, the conclusion of which is that the neighbour figure in the parable is the man who shows mercy to the injured man—that is, the Samaritan.
This story demonstrates to the children that regardless of person's background or belief each person is a valuable being who needs supporting and loving. Everyone is our neighbour who needs help.
Throughout the whole of the current school year 2018 - 2019 we will be supporting FIND. Families In Need. This is a local charity which runs a food bank for all those who are in need of support. All the donations we received for our Harvest Worship have been donated to FIND.
We hope to become one of the FIND 50 organisations supporting them in their refurbishment work so that they can provide an even better service.
The children's Harvest worship focused on our food and where it comes from, with the children in Edith May class writing teaspoon prayers asking God to support those less well of than ourselves.
In many ways this shows why we chose the story of the Good Samaritan. All of the children are in fact Good Samaritans, donating what they have to support the needs of others.
More details about FIND and the FIND 50 appeal can be found here: https://www.findipswich.org.uk/