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Christian Values

Christian values underpin the life and work of our school, and this is what makes our school distinctive. These include: Justice, Peace, Reverence, Creation, Service, Endurance, Thankfulness, Forgiveness, Hope, Humility, and Wisdom. We have consulted with all our stakeholders and have selected four as our core values. These are; Compassion, Friendship, Koinonia and Trust. 

Compassion has roots in the idea of ‘suffering with’ someone, or putting yourself in their shoes. This leads to a desire to act and do something. Compassion requires an act of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others.
’Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’ Colossions 3:12


Jesus teaches us to be a good friend. The friendship of David and Jonathan is very strongly emphasised in the Bible, Abraham is described as the friend of God (James 2:23) and Jesus explicitly calls his disciples not servants but friends (John 15:14 - 15). Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys and sorrows are all features of friendship and these are things of immense value. True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. All this echoes the value placed by God on the preciousness of each person. 

‘A friend loves at all times.’ Proverbs 17:17  ‘If one falls down, a friend can lift him up’. Ecclesiastes 4:10


Koinonia means ‘that which is common’ and is often translated from the Greek as ‘fellowship’ or ‘community’. Koinonia expresses the quality of relationship within the Christian community. It is based on fellowship with Jesus.The central element of being a family is interdependence: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole.The Christian church today continues to serve not only the Christian community, but any who are in need.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 


Trust is the very essence of faith; trust in the God who is trustworthy. Trust is to be valued and honoured. With wisdom and discernment, we can learn to trust.‘Trust in the Lord’ is the central theme in the Psalms. Time and time again, God is acknowledged as the source of all security and strength.

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

Each half term we explore a Christian Value and present a very special award to a nominated child who displays this value. 

Here are some examples of the work undertaken by the children.


Songs of thankfulness and praise are at the heart of Christian worship. Thankfulness is directed towards God who gives and sustains life. Seeing the world as God’s creation underpins the way we approach everything in life, seeing it as a gift and not as a right.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6



Wisdom is an insight into the way life works; a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things.

So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. 1 Kings 3:9

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. Psalm 111:10




Hope is a universal phenomenon. People hope for peace in time or war; food in time of famine; justice in time of oppression. Where hope is lost there is despair and disintegration. Hope generates energy and sustains people through difficult times.

Christian hope is grounded in the love and faithfulness of God. It is a firm confidence that God is a ‘strong rock’ and one whose promises can be trusted.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:23

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  Psalm 62: 5-6



Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18)

Jesus commanded his followers to forgive, and to continue to forgive without limit. Forgiveness was at the heart of everything he did and is central to the Lord’s Prayer.

We forgive because we are forgiven.

You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on you. Psalm 86:5

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6: 14



Words relating to ‘servant’ and ‘service’ are central in Christian theology.

Jesus said that he ‘came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ The parable of the Good Samaritan shows we should serve those in need whoever they are.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  Luke 10:33-34


Serving God means serving others.


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