Sibford underlines Quaker heritage

Respect-v4 Three distinct new images combining Sibford School’s values with its Quaker heritage will be unveiled at the school’s annual Open Day, which takes place on Saturday (June 14).

The new images illustrate the core areas of ‘Respect’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Resilience’ and were created after pupils from across the school’s 3 – 18 age range were asked what words they associated with these values.

Maggie Guy, Deputy head said: “Our Quaker heritage underpins Sibford School in all areas of school life and our key focus with pupils is on the three core areas of developing respect, relationships and resilience.

“Having asked the students to expand on these themes the challenge was then how to illustrate the results. Leaning towards the Quaker ‘Q’ and using the key words as lines that dip out of the circle seemed an obvious answer.

“We then further cemented the Quaker theme by including associated phrases … so we have ‘that of God in everyone’ for Respect; ‘walk cheerfully over the world’ for Relationships and ‘Live adventurously’ for Resilience.

Sibford School Open Day is attended by parents and pupils, former pupils and staff, friends of the school and prospective parents. This year’s theme is ‘People Who Inspire Me.’

Sibford head Michael Goodwin said: “The literal definition of the word ‘inspire’ is ‘to breathe or blow upon or into’ and as we go through life there are many people whose breath makes its mark on us.

“When we were thinking of a theme for Open Day it was the inspirational legacy of Nelson Mandela that originally led us to pick this topic. However, as the event drew closer, there were numerous candidates who were put forward … some famous and others who were unknown to all but a few. It was to reflect that personal nature of inspiration that we deliberately titled the day ‘People Who Inspire Me’ … rather than ‘Inspirational People’. After all, to quote Advices & Queries 7: There is inspiration to be found all around us … are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come?”


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