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 :
- This day may we know
- The compassion of God the Father
- The strength of God the Son
- The humility of God the Holy Spirit
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 compassion.
How do we link ‘courage’ with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) 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
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 book to Timothy (see above) guide the way we approach any challenges that face us.
Learning from Jesus, we recognise that taking a moral stand or tackling a challenge will require courage but we also know that we can pray for God’s strength and his help.
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.
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 powerfully informed our values and culture.
Our values for the academic year September 2019 to August 2020 were:
Our values for September 2020 to August 2021 are:
Values education in partnership with parents
We are working in partnership with parents, by engaging them in activities linked to our values.
Every term we send home sheets with activities that parents and children can do, linked to the current value.
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. Please have a look at the document below to see the results of this work.
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.”
Thought of the Week
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.