Our School Vision
At Keston our vision is to provide all our children with knowledge, perseverance and the imagination to develop their God given talents, living out Christian values in order to live happy, fulfilling and considerate lives. We uphold the right of every individual to learn, be valued and achieve their full academic potential. This is inspired by Jesus's words in Mark 4:30-32 (NIV):
“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
Our School Motto
Christian values are embedded in every aspect of school life and are expressed through our School Motto:
"In God’s hands we love, learn and grow"
The parable of the mustard seed is a key passage that reflects so much of our school vision and motto In God’s hands, we love, learn and grow. It can be a metaphor for our children, who blossom during their time here ready for the next stage of their journey. Each child is nurtured here, and enabled to flourish through our teaching and care. We treat every child with the dignity and respect they deserve as children of God. Each child is like a mustard seed, and each child grows in our school community and is supported by that same school community. We hope that each child will have an experience of the ‘kingdom of God’ during their time here; through our daily worship, through wisdom gained from teaching and learning, and particularly though a realisation that ‘God is love’ and they are loved and therefor part of the God’s kingdom- that we are in God’s hands.
Collective worship takes place every day with weekly Wednesday Worship partly organised by the Year 6 Worship Committee. We have a Reflection Garden within the school grounds where children can go to reflect as well as an area of reflection and prayer located in the school hall where the children can relax and reflect on a sofa and record thoughts in a shared book.
Easter, Christmas and Harvest are marked by services in school to which parents are warmly invited.
Year 1 and Year 3 visit Keston Parish Church as part of their learning with Year 6 having a special Leavers’ Service to mark the end of their time at Keston School. Year 6 also attend the Church Schools Festival in Rochester Cathedral each year with Year 2 and Year 5 joining other Aquinas schools at Christian events and celebrations over the year.
As a Church of England Trust, we teach an awareness that is greater than the immediate and an appreciation of the awe and wonder of God’s love. We value the beauty and diversity of creation and all humanity, whilst courageously and prayerfully addressing big questions and small details. We develop spirituality which inspires us to work with our communities to live life in all its fullness, reflect God's love and support our mission of 'Life - Transforming - Learning.'