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Christian Values at Hertingfordbury Cowper  Primary School

Jesus Christ is the centre of our school community where we live, love and learn together.

Christian values underpin all that we do in the school and or relationships one with another.  Living out the values are important to our school ethos.  They are all encompassed by the overriding value of love.  Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you”.  The kingdom values which may be similar to secular values take on a deeper meaning when considered through Jesus teaching about the kingdom of God, through his kingdom parables and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the King.  It is these values that we teach and that underpin all that we do in the school.

 

Monthly Christian Values at Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School

 

 

2015 - 2016

2016 - 2017

September

Koinonia

Friendship

October

Prayer

Trust

November

Peace

Courage

December

Thankfulness

Generosity

January

Respect/Reverence

Joy

February

Honesty (Truthfulness)

Humility

March

Forgiveness

Justice

April

Hope

Compassion

May

Wisdom

Responsibility

June

Love

Awe and Wonder (outdoor worship)

July

Service

Perseverance

 

 

 

 

We focus on a Christian Value each month on a 2 year rolling programme – however from time to time the order will be changed in response to events happening in the wider world or in response to particular pastoral situations happening at school.  This enables us to share a Christian response with the children and promote a Christian way of behaving in a particular situation.  On occasions a value might not have such a clear focus but might be replaced by a specific teaching on prayer or the bible. In addition we celebrate all the major Christian festivals.

Our prayer is that all the values will become embedded in the school and be lived in our school community through our relationships with one another whether we are pupils, staff or parents. The value is displayed on each classroom door and is put on the front of the website.

 

We looked at these values and themes during 2015 - 2016

 

Koinonia

Through Christ we all share fellowship with one another as one big family. Koinonia comes from the Greek word meaning community or fellowship.  This shows the special relationship we have with each other where as a community we look after each other, where we are welcomed and accepted, no matter who we are. Together we can grow in our relationship with one another and with God. We come together with Christ at the centre of our school.

1 Thessalonians 5 v 11 “Therefore encourage one another build one another up, just as you are doing.”

 

Prayer

Prayer is about talking to God and seeking his direction for our lives.

Together we looked at different ways to pray and the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. The children learned to sign to the Lord’s  prayer.

We used Teaspoon Prayers = TSP

T = Thank you

S = Sorry

P = Please

 

Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 4 v 7


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14 v 27

Perfect harmony between everyone including you and your friends and you and God.

Peace comes from knowing that God is in control

 

Thankfulness

“Always be thankful.” 1 Thessalonians 5 v 16

Giving praise to God for providing all that sustains life today.  Everything around us is a gift from God.

Respect/reverence

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7 v 12

If we show respect to al living people and creatures then we are showing respect for God. We respond in a holy way giving reverence to God.

 

Honesty (Truthfulness, integrity)

Tell the truth to each other.” Zechariah 8 v 16

Christ said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If Christ is Truth, then it follows that lying is moving away from Christ. Being honest is about following in God's footsteps, for He cannot lie. If we are to become more God-like and God-centered, then honesty needs to be a focus.

 

Forgiveness

“Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others.” Colossians 3 v 13     

Christians believe that when they say sorry to God for the wrong things they have done He forgives them completely and gives them a new start, a clean slate.

When Jesus dies on the cross in a mysterious and amazing way, He was taking all the wrong in the world upon His shoulders.  He paid the price so that we can be forgiven

We looked at the following stories; The Unforgiving Servant, Amazing Grace, The Prodigal Son and  Zacchaeus,

 

Forgiveness is:

Forgetting the hurts

Offering a new beginning

Restoring a friendship

Given and received

Identifying responsibility

Valuing the truth

Ending the argument

Not holding a grudge

Encouraging honesty

Saying sorry

Starting again

 

Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  Romans 15 verse 13

Hope is knowing that we can rely on God

 God gave us a symbol of hope through the rainbow in the story of Noah’s Ark and the Flood

During this month we also celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday and we focused on hope for our nation through our Sovereign Queen.

 

Wisdom

“All wisdom comes from God.” Proverbs 2 v 6

Good sense and judgement based on life experience and biblical teaching.

 Wisdom isn't about what you know (this is knowledge/information) but about what you do with what you know - the application of your knowledge. Being wise doesn't necessarily have anything to do with age or intellect. Although it is a gift, it is a virtue that needs to be nurtured.

Only God is truly wise and Christians see this expressed supremely in Jesus Christ, who is described as the wisdom of God ('He has become God's wisdom for us' 1 Corinthians 1:30, NIRV). So, for Christians, 'growing in wisdom' is about growing more Christ-like,

 

Love

 “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22 v 38

Our core Christian Value is Love. In our school each member is encouraged to love and respect themselves, others, God and his world. The Bible explicitly tells us that God is Love and that those who live in love live in God and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16)

The theme of God’s love for all his creation runs right through the Bible and his desire that people should come into a relationship with him

 

Service

“Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5 v 13

We all have talents that we can use to serve one another.

The Bible tells us the amazing truth that Jesus Christ, God’s very own son, came to earth as a servant.

As Year 6 move to their new schools we pray that they will continue to serve God.

You can find out more about these Christian Values on the following website: http://www.christianvalues4schools.co.uk

 

 

Friendship

Encourage one another and build each other up”   1 Thessalonians 5 v 11

Prayer – Lord help us to understand how to be a good friend; trustworthy, dependable, ready to listen and help when needed.

 

 

 

 

 

Trust

My God is my strength in whom I trust”. Psalm 18 verse 2

Trust in the Lord’ is a central theme in the Psalms. Time and time again, God is the recognised as the source of all true security and strength.

Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust can mean putting yourself in others’ hands. We have to trust experts - pilots, dentists, surgeons. Yet, within our society, there often seems to be distrust between people and those responsible for leading them.

Trust is central to society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured. We can begin to rebuild trust by being reliable ourselves, by not letting people down. Similarly, when we work with others, if we are willing to let go of control ourselves and trust in the abilities and knowledge of others, everyone can be enriched.

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