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Freshford Church of England Primary School is a creative learning environment where we work with energy and enthusiasm, embrace life’s joys and challenges and seek emotional and spiritual fulfilment.

We are justly proud of our ethos, founded on the Christian values of:

Compassion

Kindness

Honesty

Forgiveness

Trust

Thankfulness

Service

Resilience

Hope

Compassion
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble.

Our children are encouraged to think of others in need in the wider community and to find meaningful ways of supporting them. They espouse individual causes which have fuelled a desire to support and individually and in groups plan and organise charitable events.

Our parents demonstrate this via their fund raising and hardship fund.

Our staff and Governors are mindful of the wellbeing of all the members of our community and actively work hard to demonstrate this.

‘That they shall have life, life in all its fullness’ John 10.10

Kindness
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.

Our children are encouraged to behave well towards others and this is enshrined in our playground rules and the school behaviour policy which sets out its rewards for good behaviour. Our Yr. 6 children care for and guide their Reception buddies as they slowly find their way in their new environment.

Governors are mindful of the staff and the demands placed upon them and recognises this in their actions towards staff during visits and by recognising their contributions in positive practical ways.

Honesty
John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Our children are encouraged to give honest feedback on their school through pupil questionnaires and focus group meetings.

Our parents give us honest feedback through questionnaires and we respond positively to their views.

Our teachers provide feedback on pupil progress both academically and socially and progress is dependent on the honest communication between home and school.

Forgiveness
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as he forgave you.

Our children are encouraged to develop empathy for others and to consider the consequences of their actions and to learn how to forgive others.

Trust
Psalms V56:3 When I am afraid I put my trust in you.

At Freshford we encourage our children to trust that they can express themselves openly, take risks, try new things and be brave.This may be through taking part in the outdoor learning experiences, the whole school Shakespeare plays performed in front of parents or taking part in poetry competitions at the Mid Somerset Festival or even leading assemblies in front of their peers. Trusting that it will be well and that learning from successes as well as failure is key to flourishing and developing a rounded adult personality.

Thankfulness
Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for it is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

At Freshford, we are thankful for the environment we live in and work hard to encourage our children to be active in sustaining this environment in the wider community.

We celebrate Harvest festival in our local Church and find many ways throughout the year to celebrate the good things that we have.

Our newsletters are full of the many joys and activities and successes of our children and are grateful for the support of our wider community.

Service
Hebrews V13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others.

Our children see the positive benefits of service everyday through modelling of the parent led after school activities and clubs, the active PTA, the volunteer readers from the local community and from Avon Park retirement village. So too they are encouraged to be ambassadors at Open Mornings, in school assemblies and visiting Avon Park to share their joy of singing with the residents.

Former pupils from Yr. 7 upwards frequently return to Freshford on their school INSET days to help in the classroom and re-acquaint themselves with the school and as they move on with their secondary education often seek a work experience placement with us.

Resilience
2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Through hard work and perseverance every child in Freshford is encouraged to exceed expectations and to leave here with a resilience to want this excellence for themselves.

Hope
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.

Our school symbol is a bird soaring into the future,full of hope and secure in his place in the world. Our mission is to send out our children into the wider world with an understanding of their own potential and the excellence within them as people and to figuratively soar on the wing towards their future lives and all that this may bring.

‘Between every two trees is a doorway to a new world’ John Muir

Reflections on my Skern Lodge Experience 2017

When I try to re-cap all we did and what was best over Skern Lodge, I find myself speechless. I could write about what we did there, all the activities and packed days one after the other, but if I could only take one memory to secondary school it wouldn’t be what we did, I wouldn’t take a list of all the activities over the week, because that’s not what sticks with me – what sticks with me is that over only the short space and time of a week my group slowly became a team, we adapted to working with each other, like how a house becomes a home.

At lunchtime, what really stood out for me was the fact that no-one seemed unhappy or excluded and we enjoyed simply being alive. Now, when I leave for secondary school, like I said before, if I could only take one thing, I would take the experience because I can’t take the people with me, but I can bring the memories. Sunniva

At Skern Lodge I had many amazing experiences and gained dozens of everlasting memories to treasure in my memory bottle. But as I took so many I need to share a few of them, so that you will understand how they will help me on the way to secondary school.

When I need to summon my courage, I shall merely remember the way I conquered my fear at the leap of faith when I feel I can no longer go on. I will recall the long, thin, wet tunnels and how I crawled through them and when I need to remember what having friends feels like I will simply think about sitting in the dorm, swapping jokes and laughing. Freddie

Through my journey of Skern Lodge there were so many great feelings to put into the memory bottle so that some of them were spilling out of the bottle itself.

One of the moments that made me feel dependable was when Ben was surfing with me, but somehow we both fell off at the same time, but a big wave was taking us apart. I know that it sounds cheesy, but when we both swam as hard as we could to be together it was one of those moments that lasts one second but lasts forever in your mind through secondary school and university. Stan