ESF Ethos Statement
At Emmanuel Schools Foundation we provide an education of character underpinned by our Christian ethos. As a ‘character-first’ foundation we strive to cultivate good character as an end in itself; this raises expectations and supports high levels of performance. Our work is characterised by the pursuit of excellence as we seek to make the most of the gifts and talents we have been given. We believe in human beings’ outstanding potential, creativity and capacity for good as each one is made ‘in the image of God’. We also acknowledge we all need instruction, motivation and practice if we are to nurture the virtues underpinning good character. We gain hope for the future as we show gratitude for what we have now. We practise the virtue of love as we act unselfishly for the good of others and are able to forgive. We exercise wisdom as we choose the right course of action and display integrity as we are truthful with ourselves and others. We gain fortitude and courage as we rise to challenges, learning to overcome adversity and to develop resilience. We develop self-control as we regulate our emotions and impulses and show humility as we are teachable and keen to learn from our mistakes. We act with justice as we treat others with respect and fairness. Our inspiration for these virtues, and our schools’ core values of honourable purpose, humility, compassion, integrity, accountability, courage and determination, is the life and ministry of Christ Jesus.
“Prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world”
Aidan was born in Ireland in the early 7th century and grew up in western Scotland. He lived at the same time as Oswald and it is possible the two men knew each other growing up. Oswald invited Aidan to come and help convert the people of Northumbria to Christianity.
STUDENT RESPONSE – Joseph Beall
Aidan demonstrated great determination. Despite one of his brother monks calling the Northumbrians ‘obstinate’ meaning they would not change their ways and listen to their message about Christianity, Aidan continued in his work for several decades and by his death had founded many monasteries and taught a new generation to continue his work.
Cuthbert was born in Northumbria and was taught by Aidan to spread Christianity throughout Northumbria. He was a central figure in the debates over how Christianity should be practiced, playing a role in bringing the Roman and Irish Churches closer together.
STUDENT RESPONSE – Emily Manson
Cuthbert showed great humility throughout his life. Despite wanting to live a solitary life of prayer on the Farne Islands, he gave this up to become leader of the monastery at Lindisfarne, also demonstrating honourable purpose through serving others.
“Have faith and wholeheartedly trust God”
“Give the people the food from our table….we all eat again tomorrow.”
Oswald had a difficult early life, fleeing his home in Northumbria after his uncle seized the crown and growing up in western Scotland. He took rule of Northumbria following his uncle’s death. His reign saw him bring Christianity to Northumbria.
STUDENT RESPONSE – Alysse Clough
Oswald was a person who showed integrity, staying away and doing the right thing even when some might have accused him of lacking courage. In the end his determination and courage enabled him to win back Northumbria He then never gave up trying to keep Northumbria safe and lost his life fighting for the Kingdom.