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 justice.
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 justice, we replace the word strength with justice . It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be service.
How do we link ‘justice’ with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education?
Matthew 21.12-‐13: …my Temple will be called a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves. (Jesus turning the tables in the temple)
Micah 6. 9: What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Matthew 5. 13-‐14: ‘You are the salt of the earth………… You are the light of the world.’
Spiritual Jesus was passionate and uncompromising in standing against the injustices that he saw in his society. The heart of his message was the proclamation of the ‘The Kingdom of God’ i.e. God’s rule on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdom is glimpsed when justice and mercy are being lived out. We try our best to model these Kingdom values in our school.
Moral Following Jesus’ example, we believe that we are called to speak up for the truth and out against injustice. We therefore equip children with the skills required to be reflective, become informed and be able to make just judgements for themselves based on facts and evidence.
Social As a community, we are constantly seeking ways to make our school an even more inclusive, democratic community in which everyone has a voice. We also foster an engagement with out national system of democracy, learning how it operates and how decisions that affect all our lives are made.
Cultural As a Church of England school, we believe that justice must be seen to be transparent and unbiased. Children as well as adults therefore contribute to policy making on Behaviour and Anti-‐bullying. We learn about the values that have informed our nation’s justice system and the way this system functions to maintain law and order and keep us safe.
Our values for September 2018 to August 2019 were:
Our values for the academic year September 2019 to August 2020 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.