Transforming lives through God’s embrace.
We are a place of sanctuary where we follow the teachings of Jesus to embrace, love, nurture and celebrate everyone in our school family. We encourage high aspirations for all, so that children flourish into confident, independent and reflective learners who go on to make a positive contribution to the world.
Our school community is increasingly diverse as Dover is the gateway to Europe. Through the example of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us to be compassionate: to be thoughtful and to love one another regardless of individual backgrounds and differences. The Good Samaritan took the injured stranger to a place of sanctuary where he was cared for and he shared what he had by paying the innkeeper to look after the wounded man. We can also use this example to listen to Jesus’ message, to forgive those who don’t always do the right thing and to patiently encourage others to follow Jesus’ good example.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”
The man answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ ”
“You are right,” Jesus replied; “do this and you will live.”
But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”
Jesus answered, “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by, on the other side. In the same way a Levite also came along, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by, on the other side. But a Samaritan who was travelling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’ ”
And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbour towards the man attacked by the robbers?”
The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.”
Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”
Our Christian values:
LISTENING, ENCOURAGING, FORGIVING, THOUGHTFUL, PATIENT, SHARING