Spiritual development relates to fundamental questions about the meaning and purpose of life.
As a church school we believe that spirituality should influence all areas of education and life. Spiritual development is not about becoming more spiritual, it is about realising or becoming more and more aware of one’s natural, innate spirituality.
“Spirituality is about our relationships with ourselves, our
family, friends, those around us, to God and to all of creation.”
Prof. Ursula King
Windows, Mirrors and Doors
A good starting point to learn about spirituality is to think of Windows, Mirrors and Doors.
Windows: Giving pupils opportunities to become aware of the world in new ways. Learning about life in all it’s fullness. This includes both the things that amaze them and also challenge them.
Mirrors: Giving pupils opportunities to reflect upon their experiences. To meditate on life’s big questions and to consider some possible answers. Learning from life, by exploring their own insights and perspectives and those of others.
Doors: Giving pupils opportunities to respond, to do something creative in order to express, apply and further develop their thoughts and convictions. Learning to live by putting into action their beliefs and values.
Spirituality is a very personal experience. It differs from person to person and often spirituality changes within people during their lifetime. Spirituality is not the same as having a religion or faith; a person can be spiritual without having a particular faith.
At St. Mary’s we use age appropriate language to define spirituality, so when talking to our children we will refer to a sense of awe and wonder – including a sense of fascination and enjoyment in learning about themselves, others and the world around them including caring for nature and living things. We use imagination and creativity in their learning and a willingness to reflect on their experiences to help children make sense of the world around them.