At St. Mary’s, we teach the children about Christian values which are important for everyday life. Over the year, we will be focusing on 6 of the 15 core values, looking at one each term. These values have been chosen by the pupils, parents, staff and governors.
They are at the heart of everything we do at St. Mary’s.
Term 1 – Friendship
Term 2 – Compassion
Term 3 – Perseverance
Term 4 – Respect
Term 5 – Generosity and Service
Term 6 – Truthfulness
Proverb 17:17 ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.’
True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. The special relationship we have with certain people; a friend loves and cares for you at all times. Christians believe that God’s friendship towards us will last forever. Friendship is a partnership of shared experiences, talents, interests and enthusiasms. In school we will be thinking about how we can be friends to others and how do we receive another’s friendship, including God’s friendship.
The Bible Passage we will be learning about friendship in more detail is: The Good Samaritan Luke 10: 25-37 - thinking about love, forgiveness and helping others.
The lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145: 8-9)
We teach children that their attitudes and actions must reflect kindness and compassion. Compassion is much stronger than sympathy; if you have compassion you step into someone’s shoes, share their experiences and sufferings and want to support them or act on their behalf. It is not just feeling sorry for someone but actually doing something about making their life or situation better.
Compassion is about ‘standing in someone else’s shoes’ when they are having a hard time. In other words, trying to understand how they might be feeling and doing our best to try to help. Talk together about:
- how we can show compassion and kindness to one another at home
- recognising when friends at school need us to listen and act with compassion
- stories in the news demonstrating how strangers show compassion in times of natural disasters
- how nations show compassion to other nations at times of disaster or need by sending money or volunteers to help
Emphasis upon endurance and perseverance is common in the New Testament where it is linked with patience and suffering.
At its root, endurance and perseverance is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important not to give up in the face of adversity.
Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength and ability to endure, looked to his disciples to help and sustain him by watching and praying with him (Matthew 26).
The Bible Passage we will be learning about perseverance in more detail is: The Lost Sheep Luke 15 – he kept going to do the right thing, refusing to take the easy option.
The Bible has so much to offer in this area of positive personal, relational and community values, and its timeless wisdom can help all us as a Christian school pass on to the next generation the qualities of life that are most valuable and which, as Christians, we believe are not only God-given but also can be God-energised in our lives.
Respect has different meanings but all play a part in how Christians value themselves and the lives of others. Respecting those that love and care for us, our parents, carers and those in the local community, is common in all traditions. We should appreciate what's done for us, finding cooperation not conflict and take responsibility. Romans13 states that we should 'Pay others the honour and respect you owe them'.
Respect for others - everyone is special; everyone's opinion matters; everyone's contribution is important; everyone's feelings should be considered; everyone's faith is sacred
Respect can mean simply treating each other with politeness and courtesy, and recognising that everyone’s contribution is important and that everyone’s feelings should be considered. At St. Mary's, we regularly discuss how respecting someone does not mean that we always agree with the other person but that we are prepared to listen and share our views without rudeness or impatience.
The Bible Passage we will be learning about respect in more detail is: Zaccheus the Tax Collector Luke 19:1-10 This teaches us that we should respect other people regardless of their background.
Generosity and Service
God’s generosity is best described as ‘grace’, love given freely without limit or conditions. This generosity, once experienced and acknowledged by an individual, can in turn release a generous spirit towards others.
Some questions which link with the value of generosity:
Do we truly understand the concept of giving without seeking any reward?
How do we act with generosity in both our words and actions?
Which areas of the curriculum enable us to consider the importance of being generous not only with material objects but also with time, spirit and talents?
The Bible Passage which we will be learning about generosity and service in more detail is: The feeding of the 5,000 Mark 6:30-44. Thinking about how the boy was generous with the food which he had and how we can be consistent in our empathy, compassion and care towards others.
Truth is revealed in the bible and we see Jesus as the example of truth in everything. The life of Jesus shows us how God wants us to live our lives. Christians ask, “What would Jesus say?” Or, “What would Jesus do?” Telling the truth, honesty is something that we all would like to receive but it is sometimes more difficult to find in everyday life. Sometimes it is hard to make a wise choice to tell the truth. Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life’ John 14 v6
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.
The Bible Passage which we will be learning about truthfulness in more detail is: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector Luke 18:9-14. This shows us the importance of being honest and telling the truth.