“Let Your Light Shine – Matthew 5:16”
Here at Derry Hill School, we are fortunate to be located near and affiliated with Christ Church, Derry Hill, where together we encourage our whole school and community to Let their light shine. The very fabric of our school is interwoven with our ethos, our vision and our Christian Values, underpinned by the Biblical narrative of ‘Let Your Light Shine.’ Matthew 5:16
During the Sermon on the Mount, found in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus addresses a crowd and reveals eight blessings (known as The Beatitudes). He then goes on to talk to the crowd about salt and light.
Jesus explains: “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
As a Christian school family, we seek to follow the example of Jesus in all that we do. We believe that the Sermon on the Mount is a vital chapter in scripture, teaching us to let the light of Jesus shine through us. We take great encouragement from the words “you are the light of the world”; this reveals to us that Jesus, who himself tells us “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), is within all of us. We are all God’s children and are called to “give glory” to our Father in heaven through our “good works”. This reminds us of the importance of our actions. Our actions allow us to let our light shine. Our actions allow us to share the light of Jesus with those around us
Our Vision Vessel
At Derry Hill C of E (VA) Primary School it is very important that we strive to provide our children with an outstanding education, and as a church school we believe our children receive this education in a school environment that is distinctively Christian in character; which reflects God’s love for humanity through the Christian message. We also ensure that even though the Christian faith is at the heart of our school we recognise, acknowledge and value other faiths and beliefs. Our Christian Values are at the centre of everything we do at Derry Hill C of E (VA) Primary School. Throughout the year we focus on different Christian Values, explicitly through our collective worship time, but also through our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to reflect on each value and to develop an understanding of the Value in action. We believe these values are empowering our pupils to develop their spirituality and guiding them in personal development as effective learners and good citizens. All children take part in daily Collective Worship which is planned around the school’s chosen values as well as the main celebrations in the Christian calendar. However, there is always flexibility to consider and reflect on current issues.