Our Year Six pupils and Miss Wright wrote the school song using 'Life in all its Fullness' and the school's Christian values as an inspiration.
Life in all its Fullness (John 10:10)
The vision for our school is to promote excellence and academic rigour within a wider framework of spiritual, moral, social, physical and cultural development, which enables the children of Longfleet (CE) Primary School to flourish, so that they may experience ‘life in all its fullness’.
What is a life in all its fullness?
When we have a plentiful amount of God's blessings within us e.g. kindness, wisdom, resilience, aspiration (our school values) to share with others and then we actually go ahead and make a difference by putting the blessings into actions. That is when we truly have an abundant life - a life in all its fullness.
The Theological Bit
“I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness. I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11). If you read about Jesus being the Good Shepherd in the Gospel of John it shows that Jesus’ main purpose was to bring life to his flock, that eternal life flows from his life. Eternal life doesn’t just mean everlasting but it implies a plentiful life which is full of purpose.
Be Kind – always be respectful, responsible and considerate
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you: bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart." (Proverbs 3:3)
Be Aspirational – always try your best, be positive and strive for excellence
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Be Resilient – always relish a challenge and show bouncebackability
“When I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” (Micah 7:8)
Be Wise – always revel in learning new things and think carefully before applying what you know
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)
At Longfleet, all our staff and children believe our vision and values are at the core of all we do.
Our values are integrated within our behaviour policy and we showcase examples of our vision and values in action from our children within the classroom.
“I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness. I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11). If you read about Jesus being the Good Shepherd in the Gospel of John it shows that Jesus’ main purpose was to bring life to his flock, that eternal life flows from his life. Eternal life doesn’t just mean everlasting but it implies an abundant life which is full of purpose.
In Ezekiel 34, the bible again references the Good Shepherd where the sheep will be looked after, rescued, gathered, provided for, given security, tended for and give a fertile environment to grow within.
In Isaiah 40, there is another reference to the role of the God Incarnate as the Good Shepherd, “He will take care of his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs together and carry them in his arms; he will gently lead their mothers.”
Our vision of a ‘life in all its fullness’ underpins the vital role we have, in partnership with the children’s families, in guiding our pupils towards a life that will be abundant in many ways.