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Spirituality at St. James'


Spirituality concerns a person’s relationship with themselves, with others, with God and with nature and the environment.  These four elements: self; others; God; and beauty on our world form the basis of our work with children and ourselves in developing a strong sense of spirituality.

The four elements:

Thinking about myself

  • Awareness of feelings; the ability to reflect and express.
  • Awareness of our uniqueness; happiness with who we are.
  • Gratitude for the things we have and the person we are.
  • Exploration of personal faith.
  • Development of imagination and creativity.

Thinking about others

  • Empathy and understanding; respect and tolerance.
  • To love and be loved (loving your neighbour).
  • Making a difference; sense of duty.

Thinking beyond the things that we can see

  • Encountering/experiencing God; having a sense of what lies beyond the material/physical.
  • Ability to formulate and discuss the ‘Big Questions’.
  • Opportunities for prayer, connecting with God.
  • Making sense of the world.

Thinking about the beauty of our world

  • Developing a sense of awe and wonder.
  • Enjoying the miracles of everyday life.
  • Taking time for what really matters.
  • Appreciating the beauty in art, music, nature.

 How we aim to develop a strong sense of spirituality

  • Have regular time in the day for quiet and reflection. This might be listening to a story, lighting a candle, going for a walk in our outdoor area.
  • Provide opportunities for creativity and using the imagination.
  • Valuing play opportunities.
  • Singing often, especially with others.
  • Ensuring daily time for prayer.
  • Provide opportunities for children to discuss, explore and share feelings.
  • Discuss the importance of relationships; how we talk to and relate to each other.
  • Provide opportunities to express awe and wonder, appreciate beauty in all forms.
  • Encourage each other to show kindness, caring and compassion and to express these in practical ways.
  • Explore ‘Big Questions’.

 How do we know we are being effective?

We believe our spiritually developed children are able to:

Love and accept themselves and enjoy good relationships with each other. 

Take an interest and delight in the world around them.

Express and understand feelings. 

Demonstrate a strong moral sense and a love of what is good. 

Enjoy quiet and stillness.

Possess an active imagination and show joy in creativity.

Be open to what lies beyond the material.