Our Christian Ethos
We are a Church of England Primary School & exist to further the work of Christ through high quality relationships, teaching & learning. This fundamental truth is the essence of all that we are & all that we do.
We believe that all pupils, staff, parents and governors are part of a community of learning, where standards and expectations are high and there is a real purpose in being part of the family of Christ.
Our Spiritual Values
We seek to further the work of Christ by expecting, nurturing and demonstrating the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5) in our day to day lives. The Fruits of the Spirit include Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness, Kindness, Patience, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-control.
Rights and Responsibilities
At Moordown St. John’s we also aim to honour and fulfil the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
‘Rights’ are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Almost every country has agreed to these rights. All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm. As children grow, they have more responsibility to make choices and exercise their rights.
The MSJ Tree of Life
Just like a fruit tree needs sunlight, food, good soil and water to give healthy fruit, we need God’s love, our family, friends and community to help us grow in the fruits of the spirit.
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law’
Galations Chapter 5 v.22
What the Fruits of the Spirit mean to us at MSJ….
Love– Jesus said show love to everyone;
Joy – We have joy in our hearts because we know that Jesus loves us;
Peace– We are peacemakers because we work together to solve problems;
Patience – We understand things don’t always go our way;
Kindness –We look for chances to help others, share what we have and look after our world;
Goodness – Jesus taught us to treat others as we would like to be treated – so make goodness contagious;
Faithfulness – We have faith in God’s plan. We commit to one another and trust in God’s plan for us;
Self-control – Using Jesus as a role model to help us make good choices;
Gentleness – We care about how other people feel.
Staff and Governors at Moordown St. John’s aim to provide a learning environment where these fruits are nourished and growing in all of our lives.
Our Learning Values
SUCCESS (Skills, Understanding, Creativity, Curiosity, Enjoyment, Spirituality, Security) is at the centre of our school’s ethos and identity.
S –Skills that embed knowledge for a life full of learning and healthy relationships
U – Understanding how knowledge and concepts can be applied and built upon to achieve deep learning
C – Creativity to use skills and knowledge imaginatively to express oneself and solve problems
C – Curiosity to explore, investigate and understand the world
E – Enjoyment of life and of learning
S – Spirituality where faith is nourished, respected, challenged and lived
S – Security in themselves and who they are to reach their full potential
‘A Christian Community where commitment to educational excellence changes lives’
Moordown St. John’s maintains an important role in the community of Moordown & Winton. There has been a church school in Moordown for 150 years providing local families with an excellent start to their children’s education. The original school-cum-Church, was called ‘St. John’s in the Wilderness’ and was planted by St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth in 1853 to serve the farming community of Winton & Moordown. The school building has been on its current site for 125 years and in 2003 we celebrated this double anniversary.
In 1995 there was a major expansion of the school buildings which enabled the school to accommodate more pupils in purpose built facilities that are of a high standard. In 2006 we saw the opening of new, fully accessible changing facilities for the swimming pool which is increasingly used by other schools and the local community.
We now offer extended services beyond school hours including a breakfast club, lunchtime & after school clubs and a thriving after school & holiday play scheme. Amongst our latest improvements to our facilities have been a newly re-furbished kitchen suitable for the preparation & serving of hot school meals and a dedicated pupil support room that hosts speech therapy, emotional support and specific language development. We have also installed improved seating & shelter in the playground and have increased the size of our Foundation Stage classrooms.
We value the history of our school and our foundations in the Christian Church and we endeavour to look forward and provide our pupils with a rounded education that is challenging & equips them in every way for their future education & life.
Today, we are a two form entry Church of England Primary school linking closely with St. John’s Parish Church Moordown & the Diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth. Being part of the Christian family greatly influences all aspects of school life.
We currently have 420 children of ages 4+ to 11 years on roll in 14 classes with a maximum of 30 pupils in each class. We are well equipped with 15 laptops in each class, library, reprographics room, swimming pool, multi purpose hall/gym and a music and drama studio. We also have playground spaces, an adventure playground, a ‘quiet play area’, a sensory garden, wildlife area with a pond and a school playing field. St. John’s Parish Church is next door to the school & children often visit St. John’s for services & other related activities. Above all we are a purposeful, safe and happy school where children love to learn.