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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.

Christian Values

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Stained Glass Window in Library

 

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 FRIENDSHIP 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. Next term our value will be forgiveness.

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

John 15.15: ‘I no longer call you servants’, said Jesus………. ‘Instead I have called you friends.’

Spiritual

Jesus called his disciples friends. He trusted them, encouraged them and ultimately gave his life for them. Jesus extends the hand of friendship to everyone. We explore together, what friendship with Jesus means for Christians.

Moral

Jesus’ example of self-­‐sacrificial love and commitment to his friends is one that inspires us to place the needs of others above our own and make our friendships faithful and resilient.

Social

Jesus’ friends came from a wide range of backgrounds and included fishermen, scholars and tax collectors. We encourage an attitude of inclusivity and openness to others, regardless of religious, ethnic or socio-­‐economic background.

Cultural

The culture in our school is democratic, diverse and inclusive. However, we know that if our children are to be fully equipped for life in modern Britain, we need to be pro-­‐active in forming links and building relationships with schools in a wide range of social, cultural and religious settings

Our values for the academic year September 2019 to August 2020 were:

  • Thankfulness
  • Trust
  • Perseverance
  • Justice
  • Service
  • Truthfulness

Our values for September 2020 to August 2021 are:

  • Generosity
  • Courage
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Friendship
  • Respect

Reflection Area

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.