Why do we develop this understanding? (Our intent)
Our aim is to give everyone at St. Mary’s a solid foundation upon which to build our lives; so that we can all flourish and ‘shine out our lights’ to help build a bright future.
Matthew 7 v 24 Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.’ (Parable of The Wise and Foolish Builders.)
Matthew 5 v 16 ‘Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Our Christian values are our solid foundations that permeate throughout our school and into our homes. We strongly believe these values are important to everyone whatever their beliefs. As a Church of England School our values are linked to Bible verses.
How do we cover this? (Our implementation)
We teach 20 values on a two-year rota; these include our 5 core values:
Love – ‘Love is patient, love is kind…faith, hope and love: and the greatest of these is love.’ 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verses 4 – 13
Forgiveness – ‘Forgive us for doing wrong as we forgive the wrong others have done to us.’ from ‘The Lord’s Prayer Matthew chapter 6 verse 12
Responsibility – God said, ‘Fill the earth with people and look after it. Care for all that I have made’. Paraphrased from Genesis chapter 1 verse 27
Honesty – ‘An honest answer is the sign of true friendship’ Proverbs chapter 24 verse 26
Respect – The Ten Commandments include respect for God; for our parents; and for each other. Exodus Chapter 20 verses 1-17
Our core values were chosen by pupils, parents, staff, including our cook and cleaners, following a questionnaire about which of the 20 values below were most important.
Year 1: caring, reliability, peace, patience, honesty, love, thoughtfulness, responsibility, justice and respect.
Year 2: friendship, cooperation, trust, generosity, thankfulness, perseverance, humility, forgiveness, wisdom and courage.
We develop the understanding of these values and how we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us through assemblies and times of worship held in classes or elsewhere, e.g. school hall, outside or in local churches. The core values and their associated Bible verse are displayed in every classroom and throughout the school.
The current ‘value of the month’ and its Bible verse has a display board dedicated to it in the main school hall and on posters in every class and throughout the school. Some classes create a display in their classrooms too. The focus value is also on the school newsletter at the beginning of the month. We are all encouraged to question how we can demonstrate the value in our everyday lives. At the end of the month class prayers are written to consolidate all that has been shared, discussed and learnt.
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
We believe that is we all demonstrate our values in our everyday lives we can help build a solid foundation for us all. This will enable us all to flourish and ‘shine out our lights’ to help build a bright future and make this world a better place to live in.