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Christian Ethos and Values

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.

At Benington C of E Primary School, we are courageous advocates in what is best for members of our community, locally and nationally. Please read more about this in our courageous advocacy document.

Christian Values

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Our Christian Values Education underpins every thing 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.

 

 

At the start of some of our worship, we have some welcome words, which change slightly with each new value.  The welcome words are :

  • This day may we know
  • The CARE of God the Father
  • The strength of God the Son
  • The humility of God the Holy Spirit

The  value shown in capitals changes each half term. It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. During the next half term our value will be Courage.

How do we link ‘care’ with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education?

2 Colossians 3.12: Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Luke 10.25-­‐37:  (The story of the Good Samaritan)

Matthew 7.12: Treat others as you want them to treat you.

Spiritual

Jesus’ works of healing were always rooted in his compassion for others. In the story he told which is known as the Good Samaritan, the compassion shown is directed toward someone totally unexpected. Jesus was making the point that we are called to care for those outside our own cultural or social circle as well as our friends and family.

Moral

We try to explore what it means to live out Jesus’ teaching, exemplified in the command to do to others as you would have them do to you. (Matthew 7. 12) This is sometimes known as The Golden Rule and underpins all our relationships and our Behaviour Policy

Social

As a community, we try to share one another’s burdens and to help everyone to know that struggling and failure are not signs of weakness but opportunities to learn more about ourselves and others, and to grow as an interdependent family.

We actively look out for opportunities to support charities and good causes that improve the quality of life for people in our own country and the wider world.

Cultural

We recognise that our nation has, throughout its history, offered a safe place for those fleeing persecution and disaster. We celebrate the rich diversity that this has brought to our culture and seek to play our part in offering a welcome to all those joining our school community especially anyone in any kind of need.

Our values for Year A are:

Half term 1 

Generosity

Half term 3 Courage Half term 5 Friendship
Half term 2

Care

Half term 4 Forgiveness Half term 6 Respect

Our values for Year B are:

Half term 1 Thankfulness Half term 3 Perseverance Half term 5 Service
Half term 2 Trust Half term 4 Justice Half term 6 Truthfulness

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.