Peace and Reconciliation

Our Christian Vision is: ‘Working Together, Valuing Everyone, Learning for Life’

The biblical basis for our vision is: Luke 10:25-37; The Parable of the Good Samaritan
This parable underpins our ethos of love, respect, acceptance, religious tolerance, attitudes towards people who are 'different', compassion, consideration of what makes a 'neighbour' (including our global neighbours) and how we should we treat others. It is very clear how this links with peace and reconciliation.
We are proud to be a member of the ICONS (International Cross of Nails Schools) network.
ICONS is a network of schools locally, nationally and globally who have been awarded a Cross of Nails for their peace-building and reconciliation work.
These schools have all been inspired by the Coventry story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal.

The following bible references further underpin our work on peace, reconciliation and courageous advocacy.

Ephesians 4:32: ‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’
Matthew 7:12a: ‘Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.’
Matthew 5:9: ‘God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.’

ICONS embrace three key themes:

  • Healing the Wounds of History
  • Living with Difference and Celebrating Diversity
  • Building a Culture of Peace
We believe that:
  • children and young people can positively impact their school and local community, challenge prejudice, foster peaceful relationships and celebrate diversity.
  • schools are the exact right place to learn and practice how to be peacebuilders.
  • both staff and students need to learn how to manage conflict in positive and creative ways.
Our children experience learning about these themes through their curriculum and collective worship opportunities.

Peace and Reciliation through Peer Mediation

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, both in face-to-face and online interactions. Peer mediation does not aim to reduce conflict, but instead acknowledges that it is a natural and frequent part of daily life.

Conflict can be described as 'a disagreement with tension'

If conflict is managed well, we can reduce the hurt and harm it causes, and the learning can lead to deeper understanding, greater tolerance and more creative outcomes.