Ethos and Christian Values
Our Christian Values
As a church school we have a responsibility to earth our values in the wisdom and understanding of the Christian faith and particularly in gospel values founded in the reality of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the Christian tradition that gives our values content and the story of Jesus that gives our values moral substance.
As a staff we have agreed to use the Values for Life resource to support us in promoting the teaching of Christian values. The twelve values which have been selected are:
Courage, Trust, Creativity, Justice, Forgiveness, Peace, Humility, Truth, Thankfulness, Compassion, Hope and Friendship.
We focus on six values each academic year (one each half term) and cover all the values over a two year cycle. Each Value becomes the focus of our collective worship and a thread which permeates through all areas of our school life. Values are highlighted in our monthly newsletter.
Below is a short Christian perspective on each of our chosen Values taken from our programme, Values for Life – A resource to Support the Teaching of Christian Values in Primary Schools.
Basic to Christian faith is the claim that God is always present in every situation. This belief has led to great acts of courage that have included facing danger and opposition, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is right and encouraging others to persevere. Through prayer people have found the strength to help them to be courageous.
Trust is the basis of all stable relationships, including a person’s relationship with God. It is rooted in truth, and will grow through consistent experiences of reliability and integrity. God’s commitment to humanity is seen in his willingness to trust ordinary people with the carrying out of his purposes through history.
Seen from a Christian perspective all of life is a ‘gift’, entrusted by a loving creator God to humankind for a purpose. This purpose is glimpsed as the creative spirit within each person learning to value and explore, celebrate and enjoy this world in all its mystery and diversity. With this gift comes a mutual responsibility to ensure that creation is not spoiled, but rather sustained and enjoyed by all.
The justice revealed in the Bible is always seen in the context of love. It includes the call to take responsibility for one another, especially the poor and oppressed, and to see that no-one is excluded from the essentials of life.
Forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored. It is an act of the will, motivated by love. For Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love, and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God
Peace-making actions can range from helping to resolve conflict to creating space for stillness. Peace, in the sense of total well-being, is God’s intention for the whole of creation, and is a promise that awaits ultimate fulfilment.
Christians believe that Jesus was born both servant and king. He demonstrated this through His life, death and resurrection. Jesus taught His disciples what it means to be truly humble. Christians believe that they can serve God by demonstrating humility through their attitudes and actions. This approach to life runs contrary to many role models presented to children in the media and popular culture.
Christians believe that truth is revealed in the Bible and supremely in the person and life of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way in which He means us to live.
Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in many different ways in all aspects of their life. They know that their response to this provision should be one of thankfulness and praise.
Christians believe that their attitudes and actions must reflect the kindness, mercy and compassion of Jesus and the love of God for everyone.
Christians see their hope in God’s promise that
Love and goodness have, and will ultimately, overcome all evil.
This hope is manifested in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Christians believe that they call God their friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus.