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Spiritual Development

What is Spirituality at St Mark's?

The church of England's Vision for Education states a core desire that children will experience life in all its fullness (John 10:10) and we at St Mark's, believe that we need to give all our children the chance to let their light shine.

We believe that exploring Spirituality by educating the whole child and providing full life experiences meets this desire.

Our definition of spirituality is that it is an ongoing, reflective journey. It is something that teaches us about questioning, understanding and relationships: relationships with ourselves, others, the world and beyond.

Spirituality enables our children to be happy; flourish and succeed and live life in all its fullness.

The four elements of Spirituality

Spirituality looks to explore our relationships and connections. These are relationships with:

  • Ourselves
  • Others
  • The World
  • Beyond

Nurturing and developing Spirituality

The children encounter a range of opportunities to develop their own spiritual journey. These opportunities are raised throughout the curriculum in order to educate the whole child. We aim teach the children to reflect and consider their own actions in a number of different ways:

  • Windows: Children learn to look at the world in new ways. Like looking through a window…
  • Mirrors: Children think about themselves and their feelings. Like looking in a mirror.
  • Doors: Children step out into the world, gaining an understanding of the feelings of others and responding to this. Putting into action their Christian Values. Opening the door to welcome people in.
  • Candle: Children are given the opportunity to reflect on their learning and experiences. Like watching flame and thinking.