Our Christian Vision
Background: 1 Corinthians 12 v12-21 (NIV)
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body-whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!"
Welcome To Stretton: We Work As One
The distinctive Christian ethos of Stretton Sugwas Church of England Academy is intrinsically built upon the verses above, entitled The Body of Christ. As valuable individuals, we come together to use our skills as part of a bigger team. We are interdependent and our actions will always have a consequence on those around us. Think about the image of a hive of bees.
One Body: Each Bee Plays A Part In The Hive
At Stretton, we actively use the more-relatable imagery of bees to help children and adults of all ages and understandings access the important life messages shown by The Body of Christ passage. The symbolism also helps to represent the hardworking rural heritage of the local community.
We believe everyone should be included, appreciated and welcoming at Stretton Sugwas Church of England Academy and it hurts the school if even one member of our team doesn’t experience this. The school’s passionately inclusive ethos is rooted in its Christian values, meaning that its doors are wide open to children, staff and families of all beliefs and cultures in a spirit of mutual respect and acceptance. This is a church school, not a faith school.
Our Vision Statement
Inspired by the relentlessly inclusive and loving example of Jesus Christ, our Christian Vision can be summarised by the motto “Each bee plays a part in the hive” and explored in three words: belong, believe and behave.
We are all uniquely created individual parts of one body, who must work together to listen, learn and love.
Our school must strive to be a place where absolutely everybody can feel accepted and at peace.
How can we make everyone feel like loved members of our team?
We all have skills, a purpose and a role to play.
Our school must strive to be a place that helps people to fulfil their potential by believing in themselves: in mind, body and spirit.
How can we help everyone to believe in their brilliance?
We have a responsibility to do what we think is right.
Our school must strive to be a place full of kind-hearted role-models.
How does our positive behaviour inspire everyone to do the same?