You will see these statements on the walls all around the school, but more importantly you will see evidence of them in everything we do. These are our core principles, which underpin every decision we make.
a safe and caring place where we can all enjoy learning together
to feel good about ourselves and about each other
together, in a spirit of enquiry and discovery
to be resilient and resourceful and to take a pride in doing and being the best we can
A safe and caring place...
Parents entrust us with the care of their children. Our top priority is keeping them safe. As well as making sure our policies and procedures are carefully assessed, to place children's safety as the top priority, we also make sure that we know our children and their families well enough to spot where help may be needed.
...where we can all enjoy learning together
This is the key to the success of HJS: it's all of us; enjoyment is absolutely crucial, because that's what motivates us; learning is our business, but it's not just in school that we learn, it's a lifelong passion; and anything is much more fun when you do it together!
We work together...
The success of the school depends on every member of our community recognising that they are part of a team. The spirit of togetherness runs through every aspect of school life. All of our staff, whether teachers or cooks, learning support assistants or administrators, are there to support the children, and the children support each other. Teaching isn't something we do to children, but learning is something we do with them.
...in a spirit of enquiry and discovery
Learning is an awfully big adventure, to misquote J. M. Barrie. We love an adventure, complete with all the thrills and the risks that entails. Adults and children alike are passionate about discovering new facts, acquiring new skills, and getting to know more about themselves. Sometimes, we may embark upon a journey without being absolutely certain where we are heading, but constantly on the look out for lessons that will help us along the way.
We aim to feel good about ourselves...
We are all different, and yet we share so much. We want everyone in our school to be happy with who they are, because when your self esteem is high, you are inclined to have a positive attitude and aspirations
...and each other
We celebrate all of the individual characteristics and cultural features of our diverse population. Children are encouraged to talk about themselves, their families, their religious practices or their experiences. They are also encouraged to take an interest in each other, to be excited about meeting people and getting to know them. Mutual respect between adults and children is just as important, and staff aim to model the sort of behaviour we expect children to adopt throughout their lives.
We learn to be resilient and resourceful...
We encourage children to adopt a growth mindset approach, recognising that through effort they can improve and develop. They learn to be resourceful and resilient. They adopt creative approaches to problem solving, they don't give up when it gets tough, and they use the mistakes they make along the way as tools to help them advance. They can then take pride in the results of their effort.
... and to take pride in doing and being the best we can
We want children to be proud of their achievements, and proud of who they are. We know that no-one is perfect all the time, but at HJS we hope that the rewards for good behaviour and commitment to learning are sufficient incentive to everyone to be the best person they can be.