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 friendship.
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 friendship, we replace the word strength with friendship . It would be lovely if you could share these with your children, especially the younger ones. Next term our value will be respect.
How do we link ‘friendship’ with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education?
‘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 opennessto 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 2017 to August 2018 were:
Our values for September 2018 to August 2019 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.