Essential Experiences

Living Life to the Full

  • In 2014 we asked the community to help us set our vision.
  • In 2015 you helped us to agree our core values.
  • In 2016 we asked you to help us compose a school prayer.
  • In 2017 you voted on your favourite carols for the Carol Service.
  • In 2018…

I’ve been inspired by the new tag-line for the diocese – “Life in all its fullness.” Actually, it was inspiring when we incorporated it into our vision 4 years ago.., and I’m sure the disciples were inspired when Jesus first used the phrase to explain his purpose “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Gospel of John, Chapter 10). However, what does it mean for a 21st century child, and how does a school promote such an aspiration?


Some years ago I showed the children “50 things to do before you are 11 and three quarters.” There were many fun things to do with mud and leaves and the great outdoors – as one might expect from the National Trust. I found myself recently trying to connect these two ideas, and I wondered whether, between us, we might come up with a list of 100 essential experiences for Primary aged children. I did a bit of research and found that an approach like this is rare but not so rare as to be unusual, and there were ideas aplenty about what experiences contribute to a great childhood. So my request is a simple one for 2018 – what experiences would you like to see on our list?

If at all possible I’d like to organise these under our key headings “Learning, Achievement, Faith and Fun”, but at this stage all ideas will be accepted. Why not submit an idea via email, through the letterbox, by talking to us or using the simple form below?

The deadline is 1st September, after which the ideas will be considered in full. The final word, however, will be down to the School Pupil Council. I’m excited to see what they come up with!