At St. Margaret's CE Primary School, we have seven Christian values which are at the heart of school life. These are:
- Citizenship (community)
Biblical background: Christians believe they can call God their friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus. Jesus was criticised for being the 'friend of sinners' and eating with those whom society rejected. Sharing a meal with someone is an explicit sign of friendship and the word 'companion' literally means 'one with whom you share bread'.
- Jesus' special friends (choosing the twelve disciples)
- The healing of the paralysed man
- Encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5: 11)
- A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in times of need (Proverbs 17: 17)
- If one falls down, a friend can lift him up (Ecclesiastes 4: 10)
Today we were challenged to find out if the value of friendship was 'embedded' in our school. First we found out what embedded meant and then we went into most of the classes and on to the playground to see if any people were showing this value. There were lots of people showing friendship but some people shone through.
We saw Jake in year 6 helping a Year 1 pupil to find sellotape to attach his Poppy.
We saw some of the Year 5 boys playing nicely together.
We saw Jerrod helping his partner in ICT.
We saw Tristan and a friend sitting and chatting nicely on the picnic benches at playtime.
Chris, the lunchtime sports man, told us that the Year 4s who attended multisports were, "superb and really helped the Year 3s."
At St Margaret's the children and adults make an effort to be nice and kind to one another. Everyone at St Margaret's is very good at looking out for one another and building each other up. We are all very good at showing all of our values including friendship and we are sure that will carry on.
By Poppy & Gia (Year 5), Values Investigators.
Below are some of the pictures we took.
Biblical background: Forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored. It is an act of will, motivated by love. For Christians, Jesus' death on the 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.
- Zacchaeus the tax collector
- The prodigal son
- Two men who owed money - Benjamin and Joshua
- Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others. (Colossians 3:13)
- If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)
- Happy are those whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned. (Psalm 32:1)
- Then Peter came to Jesus and asked 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.' (Matthew 18:21-22)
- Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you' (Ephesians 4:32)
Biblical background: Jesus frequently encouraged his disciples to 'endure patiently' the difficulties and obstacles they encountered and to persevere in the face of adversity. He himself trusted in God even when his enemies tried to stop his work and plotted his death.
- Mary and Joseph travelling to Egypt
- Jeremiah perseveres
- Noah and the Ark
- Daniel in the Lion's Den
- 'I can do all things through him who strengthens me.' (Philippians 4:13)
- 'Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.' (Hebrews 12:1-2)
- 'Barnabus was a good man full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith.' (Acts 11:24) - Barnabus was an encourager and we need to encourage others as they persevere with tasks.
Biblical background: Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in many different ways in all aspects of their lives. They know that their response to this provision should be one of thankfulness and praise.
- Psalm 148 - a song of praise to God
- Paul and Silas is prison (Acts 16)
- The healing of the ten lepers
- The loaves and the fishes
- The Good Samaritan
- Every time I think of you I give thanks to my God. (Philippians 1:3)
- Always give thanks for everything to God the Father. (Ephesians 5:20)
- Always be thankful. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
- The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7)
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Biblical background: The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, presents all people with a choice. Those whose response is one of respect are acknowledging God's greatness, authority and involvement in the world. This will extend to respect for creation, including humanity made in the image of God.
- The Roman Centurion
- Jesus goes to the Temple
- 'Always keep on praying for all God's people.' (Ephesians 6: 18)
- 'Do to others as you would have them do to you.' (Matthew 7: 12)
- 'Show proper respect to everyone.' (1 Peter 2: 17)
Biblical background: 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.
- Jacob and Esau
- The parable of the hidden treasure
- Joseph and his brothers
- Adam and Eve
- 'Tell the truth to each other.' (Zechariah 8: 16)
- 'Do not accuse anyone falsely.' (Exodus 21: 16)
- 'You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts.' (Psalm 139: 2)