Our Core Christian Values

Love, Compassion, Respect

Through our core Christian values of Love, Compassion and Respect, we want to ensure that our schools are places that enable children to learn and play, feel safe, happy and feel valued, where they are able to flourish and experience God’s wonderful world in all its fullness. We aim to provide rich, memorable learning experiences which build character in each individual child. Strong relationships underpin all we do where we value and respect each other’s uniqueness. We provide the space for all children to flourish and be the best they can be. Our Christian ethos nurtures personal beliefs and attitudes, which enables all to seek meaning through life’s journey.

Our Values

Love –We think about others before ourselves.

Compassion –‘Standing in someone else’s shoes’

Respect –Valuing everyone and everything and celebrating our differences.

Love

God the Father loves us and he sent his son Jesus, to show us how to care for each other. Love is a core Christian value for our schools, because in the Bible we learn that God is Love and that God showed how much he loves us and how to love others, when he sent his son Jesus to live on earth.

 “Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

In our community, love forms the basis of all that we do.
We share a love of learning, love for one another and love for the world that God made.

We show love to each other through small acts of kindness and through encouraging others with kind words, remembering that God loves us and we can love ourselves and others. We will let our love shine every day.

‘A New Commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another’ John 13:34

Bible stories that help us to understand love include: The Feeding of the 5000,  The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son.

What might love look like in school?

Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of love and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of love within school. This includes saying prayers for others, showing love in our choice of words – such as saying please and thank you. Showing kindness to others without being asked. Knowing when to help and when to let others learn for themselves etc. Each week, one child within our school will be celebrated for being a great role model for showing love and examples of how they have done this will be shared with the whole school. This child will be awarded the trophy of love in recognition of their efforts to love in their words and actions.

Compassion

Compassion is caring about someone else’s feelings and trying our best to understand how others might be feeling, and offering to help that person.

 ‘The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger in rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.’ Psalm 145: 8-9 

We can show that we are kind and caring by doing acts of kindness for anyone, friends, family or even people we don’t know. We show ‘Random acts of kindness’. We donate to charities. We try to be kind to everyone even if we are not friends or we don’t always get along.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4  
We aim to follow the example of Jesus and treat others as we would wish to be treated

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8

We try to put ourselves in others’ shoes and think about how they might be feeling. We talk to people about how they are feeling if they want to and we pray for those who need it.

Bible stories that help us to understand Compassion include: The Good Samaritan, Baby Moses in the Bulrushes, David spares Saul, A Widow and her Son, Jesus heals a leper.

What might love compassion look  like in school?

Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of compassion and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of compassion within school. This includes remembering others in our prayers, helping others when they need it, being a friend when someone is sad or upset, thinking about how our words and actions can make other’s feel etc. Each week, one child within our school will be celebrated for being a great role model for showing compassion and examples of how they have done this will be shared with the whole school. This child will be awarded the shoes of compassion in recognition of their efforts to love in their words and actions.

Respect

We are all different but we are all special, and we celebrate our differences. We treat others as we would like to be treated.

‘Encourage One Another and build each other up’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Respect is an important core value in our schools because it is the foundation stone of relationships within our schools and wider community.
In our communities, we learn that God made us all different and unique.
This is something that we celebrate together. We learn to value ourselves, each other and the wider community through honesty, tolerance and trust, where everyone has an equal right to our care, time and attention as a reflection of God’s love. This means valuing differences and showing tolerance. The ‘golden rule’ is:


‘Treat others as you would want them to treat you’
Matthew 7:12

Bible stories that help us to understand respect include: The Burning Bush, The Ten Commandments, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Zaccheus the Tax Collector, Jesus in the Temple.

What might Respect look like in school?

Through whole school worship, class worship, relationships and discussion, we use bible stories to provide examples of respect and also explicitly give examples of how children can show and recognise examples of respect within school. This includes recognising others in our prayers, listening to others when they are talking to us, valuing others ideas and understanding that others may have different opinions. Looking after school property and resources and thinking about how talk to others in a respectful way etc. Each week, one child within our school will be celebrated for being a great role model for showing respect and examples of how they have done this will be shared with the whole school. This child will be awarded the cup of respect in recognition of their efforts to love in their words and actions.

Rev David Potterton performing our values song.