Our curriculum is underpinned by our Christian Values as this is paramount to all that we do in all aspects of school life. We support our Christian values through all aspects of our curriculum and collective worship, with strong links to our local church. Our values are:
‘Tell the truth to each other’ (Zechariah 8.16)
‘God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do’ (Ephesians 4.15)
Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust entails vulnerability, putting yourself in others’ hands. Truthfulness is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, Love your neighbour as yourself. (Luke 10. 27)
‘Compassion’ and ‘sympathy’ have much in common and both are stronger in meaning than simply ‘feeling sorry for’ someone. The words have their roots in the idea of ‘suffering with’ someone, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and experiencing what they experience. This leads to a desire to act, to do something. It is not about ‘doing good’ from a position of strength or ‘remembering those less fortunate than ourselves’. Compassion requires an act of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others.
‘What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6.8)
Justice is not about a culture which encourages everyone to insist on their own rights at the expense of others. It is about a community that knows that everyone’s well-being is bound up with that of everyone else.
A commitment to justice leads to fierce opposition to injustice in whatever form it may be found. Justice means giving all people – particularly the poor and oppressed – what it is right and fair for them to have: life, health, freedom and dignity. It is about acting out of a concern for what is right and seeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and are least able to protect themselves.
‘Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.’ (Luke 11.4)
Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18). Forgiveness cannot be given or received unless it is asked for, and the asking must be genuine and from the heart. Too often ‘sorry’ is said very easily, implying: ‘All I need to do is say I’m sorry and everything will be OK’. Real repentance demands that we take what we have done wrong with the utmost seriousness and have a deep desire not to do it again.
I call do all things through Him who strengthens me’ ( Philippians 4.13)
Emphasis upon endurance is common in the New Testament where it is linked with patience and suffering. St Paul is certain that endurance is honed by suffering, is character building and is characterised by love (Romans 5:3-4; I Corinthians 4:12 – 13). It is linked with self-control, godliness (2 Peter 1:6) and steadfastness.
At its root, endurance is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important not to give up in the face of adversity. Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength and ability to endure, looked to his disciples to help and sustain him by watching and praying with him (Matthew 26).
‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ (Matthew 7.12)
Readiness to listen
Everyone being valued
Praying for people
Expressing opinions sensitively
Caring for our environment
Treating property carefully
Christians believe that each person is unique and everyone is special to God. It is important to respect and value difference. When St Peter was writing a letter to his friends who were going through difficult times he said ‘Show proper respect to everyone’ (1 Peter 2.17)
Our School Prayer
Lord, bless our school
That working together and playing together
We may learn to serve you
And to serve each other.