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Christian Values

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 trust.

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 trust, we replace the word strength with trust  . It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be perseverance.

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

John 14. 1: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.

1 Corinthians 13. 6-­‐7: Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Spiritual Jesus demonstrated his trust in God throughout his life. He also entrusted his ongoing work in the world to his special friends-­‐ the disciples, and ultimately to us. We explore together the Christian understanding of being the Body of Christ on earth.

Moral We try to follow the example of Jesus and trust each personin our school will live by our core Christian values including truthfulness, respect and justice. We encourage children to reflect on why trust is so crucial in our relationships and what the consequences might be when it is broken. Our experience in school has been that this trust is rarely betrayed but we know that when it breaks down, forgiveness is needed and the capacity to offer a new start.

Social As a community, trust is the glue that holds our relationships together.To develop character we give each individual important responsibilities (with appropriate support) and, in so doing, seek to encourage trustworthiness from the youngest age.

Cultural We recognise that in the wider culture of our nation, citizens are trusted to live by the laws of our country. We trust that our leaders (children and grown-­‐ups), in school and in the wider nation, will have the highest moral and ethical standards and will lead with integrity. We teach the skills required to respectfully hold to account those in authority.

Our values for September 2018 to August 2019 were:

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

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

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

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. 

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.