'There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.'
1 Corinthians 12.4-6
Tring School is within the diocese of St Albans and within Tring we are attached to the church of St Peter and St Paul. We also have close affiliations with the other churches in the town and work with their clergy but it is through St Peter and St Paul that our Chaplaincy is funded and provided for the students and staff at Tring School. Our work in secondary school is actually very simple. In seven years, we need to teach, to listen, to learn, and to care to make sure that those children who arrived at 11, full of energy, hopes and dreams, leave at 18 or 19 as adults ready to take their place in the world. They will need academic qualifications, ones that are suited to each individual child, that will equip them for the 21st century with its staggering pace of change, social, technological, economic and environmental.
We want them to leave possessing a self-understanding and a deep-rooted confidence, creativity, resilience and entrepreneurial skills. We want them to know their gifts and talents and skills and how to use them for the good of those around them, and for themselves. Above all we want them to be well rounded human beings, rooted in care for others and their environment and these characteristics must be values-based.
The passage in I Corinthians teaches us that there should be no division in the body and that we should all have concern for each other. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it”. We all work together, secure in the knowledge of God’s love, to make sure we experience life in all its fullness.
In addition to securing the highest standards of achievement, our motto underpins our belief in creating Confident Learners (Wisdom), Ambitious Individuals (Hope) and Responsible Citizens (Community).
All of our teachings are underpinned with dignity and respect whereby we value the preciousness of each person. We are privileged to serve for their formative seven years here at Tring School.
God the Father
(the source of our life and being)
Wisdom is insight into the way life works: a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things. It is rooted in proper reverence for God who is the source of all life and all values.
Students embrace learning, personal growth and academic achievement. Staff and Governors support appropriate learning paths for all.
God the Son
(the resurrected Christ who is the source of all our hope)
Christian hope means trusting in the loving purposes of God: trusting that the foundations of the world are good because they spring from God. It means believing that, ultimately, we are destined to share in that goodness because of what Jesus has done.
Every member of the school community aspires to do our best, believing in lifelong learning and gaining broad life skills to equip us to be positive and resilient. Staff and Governors support this journey, encouraging wellbeing and pastoral care throughout the school.
God the Holy Spirit
(the presence of God with us who draws us into a new community)
Koinonia (Comprehensive Community)
Koinonia means ‘that which is in common’ and is often translated as ‘fellowship’ or ‘community’ A central element of being a family is interdependence: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole. The same message is found in Paul’s image of the Christian community as the body of Christ. Each member of the body shares the joys and sufferings of the others and each depends upon everyone else.
Students are encouraged to play a positive, respectful and thoughtful role in their school and local community. Staff and Governors are supportive of nurturing community within and beyond the school.
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Living God, creator of us all, we thank you for your love that strengthens each of us.
Help us to value ourselves and others, to rejoice in the opportunity to learn, to care for the environment we share, and to build up the community in which we live.
We ask you for your blessing on the students, the staff and all who support Tring School.
We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.