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 truthfulness.
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 truthfulness, we replace the word strength with truthfulness . It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be generosity.
How do we link ‘service’ with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education?
James 3. 17: The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-‐loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Ephesians 4. 15: Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the Head that is, Christ.
Spiritual The apostle Paul urges the followers of Christ to speak the truth in love in order that they might become a more authentic expression of Christ’s body on earth. We always try to combine truthfulness with kindness so that we encourage each other and build one another up.
Moral As members of a community seeking to live out our Christian values, we believe that knowing the difference between right and wrong will be of only partial use if we do not have the courage tospeak the truth and do what is right.
Social Fundamental to the relationships is an expectation of truthfulness. We explore with the children the consequences of lying or lack of integrity, not only in our school community, but in the wider world as well as in the political arena.
Cultural As a Church of England school we understand that a person’s understanding of the truth and truthfulness will sometimes be influenced by their religious and cultural experiences. We promote curiosity and respect as we learn about the diversity of beliefs and social backgrounds that make up modern Britain’s society.
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.