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 9 values focusing on three per term:
Love, Respect and Peace
'Love is patient and kind; rejoices over the truth; always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.' 1 Corinthians 13:4
Wisdom, Responsibility and Honesty
'I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. Proverbs 4:11
Forgiveness, Resilience and Perseverance
'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgive each other =, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Our values were chosen by pupils, parents, staff, including our cook and cleaners, following a survey about which values were most important to them and which were most relevant to our school.
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 as well as referring to them throughout the school day. Our Values Tree poster, designed by a pupil and his family, as well as the term's values and their associated Bible verse are displayed in classrooms and throughout the school.
The focus values are shared on the school newsletter at the beginning of the month. We are all encouraged to think about how we can demonstrate our values in our everyday lives. Class prayers for the prayer trees are written about our values.
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.