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 thankfulness.
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 thankfulness, we replace the word strength with thankfulness . It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be trust.
How do we link ‘thankfulness’ with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education?
Luke 22.19: Jesus broke bread and gave thanks.
1 Chronicles 29.12: All things come from you and of your own do we give you.
Spiritual – The Gospels record that Jesus gave thanks as he broke bread with his disciples in the upper room at the Last Supper. Throughout his whole life Jesus’ attitude was one of trust in God and thanksgiving for His provision: Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. (Matthew 6.28).
Moral – Following Jesus example, we believe that an attitude of thankfulness comes from an active appreciation of what we have. We take time to reflect upon the many blessings that we enjoy acknowledging that some people in our own country as well as in the wider world do not have access to basic necessities such as clean air and space and time to play, education, adequate health care, communication technology or even a healthy diet. We regard as a moral imperative the need to work for a more just world out of an attitude of thankfulness for all we have.
Social – As a community, we recognise the Christian belief that each person is made in God’s image and reflects his glory. We are thankful for the uniqueness of every individual member of our school and the gifts that we all bring and share to enrich our corporate life.
Cultural – As a Church of England school, acknowledging the Christian belief that creation is a gift from God, we foster an attitude of thankfulness and respect for nature, aware of its fragility and the impact of human activity on the environment. In all that we do, we try to create a culture of making informed, ethical choices in order to minimise any negative impact on the environment. We also work with other organisations to improve the environment for the future generations.
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.