What is spirituality?
Spirituality enables us to become aware of God, ourselves, one another and the world around us. It is an ongoing, reflective journey throughout which we form our responses to what we encounter along the way.
Our approach to Spiritual Development
Relationships are central to spiritual development at Holy Trinity. Our relationships are what give us a sense of worth and are vital to our well-being, our wholeness and our self-image. At Holy Trinity we aim to nurture relationships that demonstrate that everyone is significant, so that pupils develop a healthy relationship with themselves in the first instance. Self-worth is crucial to pupils’ attitudes to learning and is the bedrock upon which healthy relationships with others and the wider world are built. We aim for all our pupils to understand that they are “wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and are loved by God.
Reflecting on how we relate to ‘the other’ is also central to spiritual development at Holy Trinity, whether that be with other members of our community, the environment around us, or with God. It is the sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and have a part to play in shaping the future.
Spiritual Development – Windows, Mirrors and Doors
Central to The Church of England’s Vision for Education is the desire that pupils will experience “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). The spirit, just as the body, has needs that must be met if it is to develop healthily. Therefore we aim to educate the whole child by providing a broad, enriched curriculum that encourages an appreciation and cherishing of what is good, joyful, truthful and beautiful. Moments of wonder, discovery and creativity can be the catalyst for spiritual development. Hence, we seek opportunities for pupils to experience these regularly throughout their time at Holy Trinity. Experiences of this type are often referred to as ‘windows’, as they provide a new view or perspective on the world.
Pupils have regular opportunities to reflect alone and with others. Reflection allows pupils to see things more clearly, ask questions and clarify their responses to ideas, phenomena and situations. Daily acts of worship and Religious Education provide time for pupils of all faiths to consider their individual responses to life’s big questions. Equally, listening to the perspectives of others is important to developing healthy relationships and there are planned opportunities to do this throughout the curriculum. These moments of reflection are referred to as ‘mirrors’.
Spiritual development takes places when a pupils’ responses to ideas, situations and experiences show that their understanding of how they relate to God, others and the world around them has matured. For example, they may make better choices about their own behaviour, develop more nuanced attitudes, allow for differences of opinion or take on more responsibility. It can also be seen in purposeful responses to a stimuli, whether that be through the arts, social action or an act of giving. Experiences that provide pupils with the opportunity to respond with purpose are referred to as ‘doors’.