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School Ethos and Values

We are a small, caring school where all pupils are valued, nurtured and encouraged to achieve to their full potential.  Children are given the opportunity to develop their skills and talents through our exciting and creative curriculum and our most able pupils achieve to the highest levels.

Vulnerable pupils are supported through our programme of nurture and counselling and consequently make outstanding progress. Effort in all areas of the curriculum and for all children, is rewarded and self-esteem and self-worth are raised.

Links with parents are established early through a programme of pre-school to school readiness. All learning is seen as a partnership between pupils, school and  respect for all, by all, is of the greatest importance.

 

Values Education at Benington School

Our Christian Values Education underpins everything we do at Benington School. Each half term we focus on one value in depth. We think about where this value is shown in the Bible and how Jesus showed them to other people. We also look at how they affect our everyday lives and build our characters.

Our current value is courage.

At the start of some of our worships, we have some welcome words, which change slightly with each new value.

The welcome words are :

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This term, as our value is courage, we replace the word strength with courage. It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be forgiveness.

How do we link 'courage' with our SMSC education?

Deuteronomy 31. 6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

2 Timothy 1. 7: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power, love and self-­‐discipline.

Spiritual Jesus lived in the assurance that his Father God would provide all that he needed. This gave him the courage to face even the cross. At our school, the words from the bookto Timothy (see above) guide the way we approach any challenges that face us.

Moral Learning from Jesus, we recognise that taking a moral stand or tackling a challenge will require courage but we also know that we canpray for God’s strength and his help.

Social As a community, we explore the Christian belief that almost anything is possible because God is for us. We therefore encourage one another to reach our God-­‐given potential and participate in artistic, sporting and cultural activities that take us outside of our comfort zone.

Cultural As a Church of England school we take inspiration from those who have been uncompromising in standing for justice and have been true to their Christian faith in the face of persecution. We celebrate individuals such as William Wilberforce and Elizabeth Fry who through courage and perseverance have influenced the political and social life of Britain, and those such as Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who have also powerfullyinformed our values and culture.

Our values for the academic year September 2017 to August 2018 were;

Thankfulness, Trust, Perseverance, Justice, Service and Truthfulness.

Our values for September 2018 to August 2019 are;

Generosity, Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship and Respect.

Values education in partnership with parents

We are working in partnership with parents, by engaging them in activities linked to our values.

We are sending home a sheet with a number of activities that parents and children can do, linked to our values of compassion.

 

 

 

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Benington School Values


The school completed some work to strengthen the positive impact of the school’s Christian values on the learning and well-being of its pupils. This included a range of activities as follows;

The results of these activities were all fed-back to the Chair of Governors who is a Foundation (or Church) Governor.

The key conclusions of this work are presented below;

To further strengthen the positive impact of the school’s Christian values on the learning and well-being of its pupils, the school is working on the following;

Reflection Area

Every classroom has a reflection area. These areas give us a place to focus our thoughts, reflect and pray. We can reflect on our Christian values or consider our “thought of the week.”

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To support our pupil’s understanding of the Values, we have introduced the Thought of the Week.  Each ‘thought’ links to the Value, allowing the children to think deeply about its meaning.  The ‘thoughts’ encourage children to reflect on their own behaviour as well as others.

Each week the children’s behaviour will be celebrated during our whole school sharing assembly.  Children who have tried hard to incorporate the Thought of the Week and Value into their learning will become Benington Bees.  Children have the opportunity to nominate a class member to become a Benington Bee.

This half term’s Thought of the Week:

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Please see the links to our previous values

Justice

Perserverance

Service

Truthfulness

Generosity

Compassion

 

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