Church Distinctiveness

How does our vision relate to our church distinctiveness and our core values

‘Life in all its fullness.’  (John 10.10)  

‘Let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth.’  (John 3:18)

We are inspired by many great leaders, like Jesus, who have always taught us to be radically humane; to celebrate the worth of everyone; to make space for hope, to avoid condemnation and to look beyond existing rules and conventional wisdom to do what is right and good.  Jesus’s teachings require us to teach from the heart; to maintain a sense of awe and of limitless possibilities; to persevere in humility.

This school is inspired to extend its remit beyond the narrow confines of academic attainment to sponsor the thriving of every member of the school community in their broadest sense.  We see it as our responsibility to guide children with the teachings of Jesus to commit to a life of love and grace and to offer opportunities for our pupils, families, staff and volunteers to experience a life fully lived. In this way we look to build a thriving community of shining lights, as instructed in Matthew 5:16:

…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”,

We believe that Jesus teaches us to… be an example ….. with your words, your actions, your love, your faith and your pure life.” (1 Timothy 12:4). We look to live out these instructions in all that we do. We are guided by his radical hand to follow his lead and support our community to contribute positively to creation each and every day, to truly ‘live’ our core values.

 

Our Core Values:

Wisdom: Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding-(Proverbs 3:13)

Perseverance: Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4)

Responsibility: None of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself (Romans 14:7)

Honesty: Honest people will lead a full,happy life (Proverbs 28:20)

Gratitude: Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Compassion: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19) Who is our neighbour? (Luke 12:36)

Humility: Pride leads to disgrace but with humility comes wisdom (Proverbs 11:2)

Trust:

Courage: Rise up, take courage and do it (Ezra 10:4)

Joy: May the God of hope fill you with all joy (Romans 15:13)

Forgiveness: Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates closest friends (Proverbs 17:9). We acknowledge that we all make mistakes—that we are all culpable- and that mistakes are critical for learning, are forgivable.

We recognise that not all members of our school community are Christian and follow the model of Jesus in embracing and including all members of our community, celebrating the message he gave both in his life and his parable of The Good Samaritan, that all people are our neighbours.  In doing so, we aim to encourage a community who are articulate advocates of justice, equality and change towards a world where every person is valued as unique.

We look to live up to the words of John Wesley, ‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’

 

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