Growing together in belief, knowledge and wisdom.
John 15:1 - I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower.
Our vision at the Vine Schools, is for all of our children to be inspired to grow spiritually, intellectually and personally through our nurturing school community; a network of students, teachers, parents and the wider local communities of which the schools are part.
We will foster belief:
- In ourselves; that we can fulfil our potential
- In each other; that every voice is important
- In the wider world; that hope must run through everything we do
We will foster knowledge:
- In all its fullness, valuing every facet of life
- Through teaching the tools and behaviours needed to learn
- By encouraging and challenging everyone to achieve
We will foster wisdom:
- To develop personal integrity and a strong moral compass
- Through expressing curiosity and passion about the world around us
- By demonstrating the values needed to be a citizen of our local and global communities
We have chosen the name The Vines Schools because in chapter 15 of the Gospel of John, Jesus describes himself as the 'True Vine' and he speaks of the vine as a plant. Vines were a major crop in Biblical times and so listeners would have been familiar with vines. He also told a number of parables which refer to growing vines.
The principal message of the passage is the importance of people being fruitful in their lives.
For the children who attend Seagry, Christian Malford and Walter Powell schools (the Vine Schools), growing into young people and then adults who have fruitful and successful lives, achieving the best they can is what they should be helped to do. In the story, God tends the vines. In our schools, there will be teachers doing the same thing; helping the children grow.
There is also much in terms of caring for the planet that can be drawn from caring for plants and lots of lovely images for the children to draw upon.
"1 am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower."
Our focus on Christian Values will have a powerful effect on the quality of relationships throughout our schools and also provide a wealth of naturally occurring opportunities to explore the person and the teachings of Jesus. The connectedness between the Gospel and everyday lives of children and adults in our school communities can be transformational.