Spiritual development differs from person to person and is a very personal experience. For this reason, it is difficult to put into words. Spirituality is not the same as having a religion or faith; a person can be spiritual without having a particular faith. For Christians in church, spirituality is about developing a deeper understanding of and connection with God. It is about God’s way of being with us and our way of being with God. Through this we are able to respond to the loving nature of God as revealed through the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A school is not a church, but it is a collection of people who come from a variety of backgrounds for the purpose of education. We understand that family backgrounds may be very different and spiritual development must take account of the varied circumstances of staff and pupils.
Therefore, in light of this and in light of our school’s distinctively Christian vision, at St Mark’s C of E Primary School we define spirituality as:
“Spirituality is recognising the value of connections; with ourselves, with others, with beauty and the beyond – where we embrace questions and reflect upon the wonder of existence, allowing us to love, grow and succeed together.”
The curriculum allows children to:
Specific examples include: