As a school community we chose the values of Love God, Love Others and Love Learning as the core principles that are important to us; that underpin everything we seek to achieve in school. It was important to us that love is an inclusive and universal value. Whether you are Christian, a member of another faith community or have no faith we hope you share with us the desire to educate your child in an environment that promotes healthy and loving relationships. To us at Team Crookham, loving God encompasses understanding our own worth and the uniqueness of each individual and this aligns closely with the learning habit of reflectiveness.
When we explore Love God, we look at the image of God as a loving Father (as demonstrated in the Parable of the Prodigal Son) and we look with awe, wonder and appreciation at the created world, examining how we can be the best stewards of our natural environment. In Love Others we recognise the richness brought to our lives by our differences and diversity and celebrate working collaboratively for the common good. In learning terms we describe this as resourcefulness and reciprocity. Our inspiration for Love Others is the person of Jesus, who treated all he encountered with dignity and respect. We explore together and seek to replicate the positive impact that Jesus had on the people he met through the Gospel stories and in particular the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Love Learning acknowledges our core function as educators, emphasising the development of the life-long learning habit of resilience. We explore together Jesus the teacher, and his group of learners, the disciples, who faced moments of great challenge which we would describe as ‘being in the learning pit’! With Jesus’ help the disciples were able to persevere in their learning and grow in wisdom, knowledge and skills, which is what we desire for each of our learners in school.
Our school values support the long-term aims of the school as expressed in our vision.