Our Vision, Aims and Ethos
Our vision, values and worship are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
Our vision is:
'My Cup Overflows' Psalm 23:5
A community that gives each child an outstanding spiritual, academic and practical education and instils an awareness of the overflowing joy, love and peace that comes from God’s love for us, so that they are able to achieve their potential and truly experience ‘life in all its fulness’ (John 10:10).
We are believers that when you feel the overflowing joy, love and peace that comes from God’s love, that that love flows out into others and the environment around you. Your mind set becomes clear, focused and you are able to make decisions that benefit everyone around you. We believe that when your ‘cup’ is full and overflowing with love that it is a continuous cycle. That love will overflow out of the cup and run through the trees, flowers and rivers back up into the sky again, to be poured down by God to reach someone new.
This is how BWI will grow its community, by catching God’s joy, love and peace. When our cup is overflowing, it will pour out into the local community, connecting us all together to give each child an outstanding spiritual, academic and practical education.
Our vision and ethos is supported by the Psalm 23:5
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Living out our vision in school and in the community
We were honoured to be a part of the induction and institution of Fr Robert Chapman on 24th January. Our RE ambassadors led the prayers of intercession and spoke beautifully of how we hope God will help Fr. Robert to guide us spiritually and help our cups to overflow. Mrs Blake also welcomed Fr. Robert in a speech which helped spread the news of our vision to even more members of our community.
One of our year 5 children let her cup overflow when she gave a lesson to the year 4 children about her faith. The children had been learning about Hinduism and she was able to share with them all about how she worships at home and in the Mandir.
Pastor Ruth from Hope Community Hillingdon came in to lead a fantastic collective worship all about the true meaning of Christmas. In addition to this, her church gave a wonderful demonstration of our vision - ‘My cup overflows’ Psalm 23:5 - as they provided a free copy of the Nativity Story for every child in school!
Parents showed how their cups overflow by making donations to the school to purchase a new climbing frame for our children in year 3, 4, 5 and 6. The joy on the children's faces as they have been able to play with the new equipment has been amazing.
Living our vision through courageous advocacy
Following our Ukraine Day, Ava in Investigators truly lived out our vision - My Cup Overflows - when she made artwork to sell to raise money for people in Ukraine. In total she raised an amazing £70 which she brought in to add to our school total. Well done Ava!
Children in the School Council wanted to do something to help raise money for people affected by the war in Ukraine. To do this we held a Blue and Yellow day where the children could all wear clothes that were blue or yellow and then we asked for donations from their parents. Over £300 has been raised so far!
Staff and children at BWI had very tired legs after helping the local Round Table association raise money for the charities they support. Our cup truly overflowed and we loved spreading Christmas cheer through the local community and helping to raise money for those less fortunate than us.
We were very proud to raise almost £450 for the Poppy Appeal. The selling of the poppies was led by our year 6 children who set-up a table in the front and back playground each day.
BWI School aims to:
- be a Christian community where everyone can grow in Christian faith and develop an understanding and tolerance of others
- help each individual develop self-awareness, self-discipline and a positive attitude to life and work
- develop a sensitivity to the needs of others, valuing and respecting individuals and the whole community
- create a happy, organised and stimulating working environment so that children are enabled to fulfil their own potential and acquire skills and knowledge to prepare them for the wider world
- foster in children an excitement for God's world and an awareness of their place in it.
BWI School Ethos and Christian Character
- Distinctively Christian values are made explicit and are deeply embedded in the daily life of our school, having a significant impact on the daily lives and achievements of our children.
- Our school’s Christian character has a high profile, seen through our approach to issues of attendance and pupil exclusion for all groups of children.
- There is a highly developed interpretation of spirituality shared across our school community. Children have regular opportunities to engage in high quality experiences that develop a personal spirituality. They are passionate and confident to express their thoughts and views in considerable depth through a rich variety of styles and media.
- The Christian character and values of our school have a significant impact on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all children.
- The behaviour of our children is of a high standard and relationships between all members of the school community are consistently attributed to the Christian character and values of the school.
- Children are fully aware that Christianity is a multi-cultural world faith. They have a high degree of understanding and respect for diversity and difference both within the church and in other faith communities.
- Children are excited and challenged by religious education. It makes a significant contribution to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and plays a major role in determining the Christian character of the school.