What is Spirituality?

It is very difficult to put into words what ‘spirituality’ actually is because it 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.

As a school, we have defined spirituality as:

“Spirituality is not something we can see; it is something we feel inside ourselves. It reflects how we see or treat others, is about awe and wonder, beauty, asking questions, inspiration and being aware of something ‘bigger’ outside of ourselves.”

At St Oswald’s, spiritual development is fostered through all aspects of our provision. It is about the relationships and the values that we consider to be important, as well as the development of knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes.Through living out the key themes from our shared vision the St Oswald’s can flourish together as a community.

Respect at St Oswald’s means

·Showing respect to others feelings can foster empathy and compassion

·Treating everyone equally develops the values of justice and equality

·Recognising everybody’s worth and value


·Non-judgemental, accepting people as they are

·Respecting creation

·Respecting yourself and others to create an environment of trust and harmony

Resilience at St Oswald’s means

·Having inner strength

·Journey of learning and self-improvement

·Being hopeful and optimistic

·Being compassionate to yourself and others

·Finding and giving support within the community

·Accepting what cannot be changed and letting go of what holds you back

·To be able to forgive and to show gratitude

·Foster a positive and resilient mindset

Kindness at St Oswald’s means being friendly, caring and being helpful to others in our school community.

·Selflessly helping others

·Engaging in acts of kindness and reflecting on the impact it has had

·Expressing gratitude and appreciation

·Being present in order to connect with others

·Creating bonds within the school community

·Being inclusive regardless of differences

·Spiritual growth of forgiving yourself and others

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