At St. Margaret's CE Primary School, we have seven Christian values which are at the heart of school life. These are:
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.