Our Christian Vison and Ethos:
Our school vision, ‘Jesus grew in wisdom and stature,' is at the centre of all that takes place at St Michael’s. We take pride in challenging our students to reach their full potential (Achievement for all) in every area of their lives, and at the root of all of this lies the firm foundation of the Christian faith. To be a follower of Christ means to live out that vision through all that we do and say, to show our 'faith in action', whether this be through charity and voluntary work, day-to-day in our classrooms and on our corridors, or representing our school within the wider community. By focusing on our students “Stature” (personal, emotional, physical, spiritual development) and “Wisdom” (The learning, knowledge and academic achievement) we can ensure that we are developing well rounded young people who are able to go out into the world and flourish.
There are many ways in which we encourage our students to explore their faith and beliefs, not only through the curriculum, retreat days and daily collective worship, but through varying activities and events.
Our School Values:
Here at St Michael’s we have 5 core Christian Values that are at the centre of our school life and Vision. These Values were chosen by past St Michael’s pupils and influence the way our students behave both inside and outside of school. Each value is routed in scripture and students are recognised through an award system for showing these in action.
Our Chaplaincy and worship:
Our Chaplaincy team is made up of Sam Folwell (Lead Chaplain) and Josh Higham (Assistant Chaplain) together they take responsibility for the collective worship of whole school Christian Ethos. Along with planning and delivering worship they organise whole school events, charity work, Church services, Online Christian content for Social media, community events, prayer opportunities, extra-curricular clubs (Including directing the school musicals) along with a whole host of bits and bobs, including support for both students and staffs well-being and spirituality.
They have the amazing opportunity to work from our Chapel space, which is a warm and inviting space at the heart of the school which has been decorated and designed with help from students.
Collective worship is a huge part of our Christian Vision. All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of different worship. We have a group of students who take on the role of Worship leaders, these students support worship and take a lead in delivery.
Worship opportunities include but are not restricted to:
- Form time worship booklets – a personal journal focusing on the theme of the week
- Whole year group worship – weekly worship delivered by the Chaplaincy, member of staff, visitor or students
- Whole school Church services at Christmas and Easter
- Communion services on the Feast day of St Michael
- Values services – a time to award students for living out our Christian values in their everyday lives.
- Celebration or liturgical services – e.g welcome services, leavers service, Remembrance, Harvest, Holocaust memorial
- Small group worship – class based worship in the Chapel
- Prayer Fortnight/Make a difference day – Opportunity for students to engage with a variety of Prayer stations.
- Worship band – A group of students who help lead and support music worship during our services.
- Primary school liaison worship – worship delivered in feeder primary schools by the Chaplaincy team and Collective worship leaders.
Charity and Courageous advocacy:
At St Michael’s we support a number of local and national charities throughout the year. In recent years’ students have raised money through a variety of different methods including – Whole school charity days – cake sales, wristband sales, sports challenges, staff events, music concerts, sponsored events, online fundraising events. Etc.
Our students are very thoughtful of others and raise an amazing amount of money each year, charities supported in recent years include:
Children in Need, Red Nose day, MacMillan, Save the Children, Christian Aid, Young minds, Support for a link school in Uganda, Breast Cancer charity, Show racism the red card, The British Legion.
Many students take it upon themselves to organise events or raise money outside of the formally organised charity events in school and many students help and support local groups and organisations with volunteering.
Within the school we have a “Make a difference” (MAD) group who work alongside the Chaplaincy to organise whole school charity and community events, along with a school Echo Club and Farm club.
Each year students make the effort to reach out to our local community, particularly around Christmas time where the music department, canteen and MAD group come together to hold a community Christmas meal for the elderly of Crosby, along with carol concerts at local Nursing homes and shopping centres.
The school’s Student Leadership team have been created to give students the opportunity to use Courageous advocacy in making changes in our school environment based on the thoughts and needs of the students themselves. These students were voted into position by their peers and represent their year group at meetings held with the schools senior leadership and Head teacher.