“…you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.” Psalm 139.14
Jesus saw the uniqueness, beauty and preciousness of every individual because all are made in the image of God. He had a hope for them that was beyond that which anyone else could imagine – this is inspirational. At St Oswald’s, where others would have given up, we search for the key to unlock each individual, teaching and nurturing throughout our distinctly Christian values and restoring those that are lost so that they can take their place in our school community. Thus, the parable of the lost sheep underpins our ethos, teaching redemption, a true rescue mission and love and concern for all. All people are made in the image of God so all are made in an amazing and wonderful way.
“I want justice – oceans of it. I want fairness – rivers of it.” Amos 5.24
When Jesus upturned the tables in the Temple he was restoring justice and fairness. Just as he did when he challenged the mob for the blameless to cast the first stone. At St Oswald’s we embrace issues fairly and with equity – accepting that some children will require more support than others to achieve their best. We strive to invest and input to ALL children as the need dictates, exhausting every avenue to uplift individuals emotionally, socially, spiritually and academically. Yet we do not compromise our beliefs and principals, ensuring justice for all. We take our responsibilities seriously, adhering to policies and practices, recognising our limitations and making difficult decisions where necessary. Ultimately, we want our school to be a place where there is justice and fairness for all and where all can achieve.
“I have come that they may have life – life in all its fullness” John 10:10
The transformational message of Jesus gives people hope and freedom. At St Oswald’s the fulfilment of our vision will see the flourishing of our community, through the realisation that education is the key to demolishing many of the barriers children in our society face today. We want to inspire all through our whole school curriculum; creating aspiration, evoking a sense of awe and fostering respect for every individual; we want all to embrace challenges with enthusiasm, energy and eagerness so that they will take advantage of every opportunity that life gives. To succeed at St Oswald’s means to achieve excellence in ones self – life in all its fullness. Not only will this impact positively in the short term but it is the foundations for change and hope for the future.