Our School Motto
‘The Cross is Steady whilst the World is Turning’ underpins the Gospel values and was further developed at the start of the 2012 academic year.
Our School Values
Everything we do reflects our values:
- what we believe in
- what we think is important
- the kind of people we want to be
- the kind of world we want to create and live in
During the Summer Term 2017, all members of our school community – pupils, parents/carers, staff, governors and volunteers – revisited our values. This was to ensure they were the core values by which to live and which help us to develop a moral and spiritual awareness.
Our school values are
Hope Compassion Endurance
Forgiveness Trust Thankfulness
Each value will has a particular focus during the year, as well as being promoted and taught throughout it.
All you who put your hope in the Lord be strong and brave.
True hope is more than a general idea that things will get better. It is a firm assurance that God can be relied upon and that his promises can be trusted. Hope is not always easy. As well as trusting God, we need to develop our own commitment and determination. Hope creates energy and supports us through difficult times.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter, 3:8
Compassion is more than ‘feeling sorry’ for someone. It is about putting ourselves ‘in someone else’s shoes’ and feeling how they feel - a whole-hearted acceptance and love. This leads us to taking action, wanting to do things for others and sharing in their lives.
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Endurance means recognising that life is sometimes challenging and painful, and that it is important not to give up in times of difficulty. We endure setbacks by developing self-control and determination through God’s love, mercy, faithfulness and righteousness, which last forever.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Matthew 6: 14-15
Jesus commanded that we forgive and keep on forgiving without limit (Matthew 18:21). Asking for forgiveness means more than simply saying “Sorry”; it means treating what we have done wrong seriously and having a deep desire not to do it again. True forgiveness is healing for the person who is forgiven and the person who forgives.
“Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them, “believe in God and believe also in me.”
John 14: 1
Trust is essential to human life and is at the heart of all relationships. It is a necessity for living together in harmony, so is to be valued and honoured. To build trust with others, we need to be reliable ourselves and not let others down. Trusting in the abilities and integrity of others, letting go of control ourselves, means everyone can be enriched.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thankfulness has always been at the centre of the life and worship of God’s people. It is a wholehearted response, a joyfulness that erupts into praise. We give thankfulness to God for his creation, a gift to us rather than a right. The greatest act of worship is thanksgiving for the death and resurrection of Jesus and the way of forgiveness that is opened up.
This half term our value is Compassion.