Our Christian values are very important to us and are at the centre of everything we do.
The teaching of values has always been seen as an important part of our ethos. It now has an enhanced profile and as a school we encourage all staff, governors and children to reflect on and articulate their values with much greater clarity and openness. These values are our motivation for valuing every child and adult, inspiring us to strive for the best outcomes for each individual. The values underpin our practice, guiding how we deal with day to day life in a small village Primary School.
We have identified four core Christian values that are particularly special to us:
We believe in upholding high levels of respect for all, where everyone is valued and appreciated.
O optimism (in biblical terms ‘hope’)
We believe that optimism doesn't mean pretending life is always wonderful. Optimism means embracing reality. We accept that there will be bad days, but also many good days. When we are grounded in reality, we know where we are and how far we need to go. Once we know how far our goal may be from where we are, optimism can give us the motivation to make plans to get to where we want to go.
We believe that compassion, kindness and care are at the core of good human nature and are the basis for successful futures and positive relationships. 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.
K koinonia (community)
How Christians come together as a family. The members of our school family are interdependent: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole. We are working together to ensure all feel included and valued. Koinonia comes from the Greek word meaning community or fellowship. This shows the special relationship we have with each other where as a community we look after each other, where we are welcomed and accepted, no matter who we are. We come together with Christ at the centre of our school.