Summary

We operate as a safe place to be, a place where we respect one another and look out for one another. 'One another' is a key feature in St Paul's writings to the early churches and we need to work at cooperating collaborating and thinking of others needs and virtues as well as our own. 

Much of what we do is 'together' and often intergenerational (old and young together)

We have a governing body to deal with planning and resolving disputes. We admire the model set out by AS Neil in Summerhill School so we shall be exploring that as we go.

Children need role models in one another and in adults. We are intergenerational at heart - ie we are all learners whatever age we are. Learning together is natural and when children from different backgrounds and ages come together to learn there are fewer triggers for competition and bullying. We each have different skills abilities likes dislikes and talents. Discovering these can be great fun. We don't compare one with another in a hierarchical or meritorious way. The role of the adult (teacher?) is not as a judge and jury but a supporting role to affirm and encourage. We aspire to democratic values in that behaviour management is something we all share and discuss as required setting rules only where necessary.

Read on . . 

We think a good way of describing community is as a 'body of many parts' - as found in the Bible:

1 Corinthians 12:15-26 NIV
[15] Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. [16] And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. [17] If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? [18] But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. [19] If they were all one part, where would the body be? [20] As it is, there are many parts, but one body. [21] The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don't need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don't need you!” [22] On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, [23] and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, [24] while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, [25] so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. [26] If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

(New International Version)

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