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SMSC

SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EDUCATION.

Vision

To promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our students and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Aims

The successful promotion of students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development will:

· Help to ensure that everyone in the school feels valued as an individual.

· Increase student and staff motivation and help celebrate success.

· Make a positive contribution to the school ethos.

· Encourage reflection on the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ and ‘what’ of education.

· Ensure that our values permeate every part of school life.

 

Definitions

Spiritual – the growth of the spirit, understanding own strengths and weaknesses, self respect, creativity, will to achieve own full potential and ability to ask, and try to find out answers to, life’s major questions, including questions about the existence and nature of God in order to foster inner-lives and non-material well-being throughout life.

Moral – the development of understanding of the difference between right and wrong, understanding of moral dilemmas, the will to do what is right, a willingness to consider others with concern and the ability to cope with moral conflict.

Social – the development of understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and various communities (local, national and global ) and the ability to work with others for the common good and to live up to these responsibilities and exercise these rights.

Cultural – the development of understanding of how people of different cultures think, feel, create, behave and live. Its aim is to develop students’ sense of belonging within, value for, and engagement with local, regional and national cultures. At the heart of cultural development lies the encouragement of students to question, analyse, evaluate and reflect on their responses and the responses of others within a range of different cultural contexts and aesthetic experiences.