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Values at St Michael’s

At St Michael’s, a strong values education underpins everything we do, because we want children to flourish in their potential.  We believe for children to truly flourish, good values need to inform their thoughts, words, decisions and actions. We teach the children that it is is our values which guide our behaviour and reflect what is important to us in life.

Our one school rule is respect.  In addition to the value of respect, we have adopted another six core values which we actively teach and promote – love, hope, joy, peace, trust and resilience.

These seven core values are permeated through the school life by staff and governors modelling the values through their own conduct and the school actively encouraging parents to promote the values. Each half term we dedicate time for the discreet teaching of one of the seven school values.

To embed the values, it is important that we clearly articulate the meaning of the value and give the children opportunities to develop and deepen their understanding of the value in the context of real life.  The effective use of the Restorative Justice approach also ensures that children have time to reflect how their values did – or did not! – guide the choices they have made.

Respect

Our one school rule is respect.  We expect children to demonstrate the value of respect by respecting themselves and their learning, respecting their peers, respecting the adults in the school, respecting the school environment, respecting their parents and community and ultimately respecting God.

1 Peter 2:17  “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God…”

Love

Love requires action. It is not a thing we try to get for ourselves, but instead is an action we express to others through sharing and serving. Love activates, love empowers and love encourages the growth of our other core values.

John 13:34 – 35  “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Joy

Joy is not based on circumstances, but a deep-seated sense of happiness in what God has done and what he is doing. We believe we are shaped by our thoughts; when the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

James 1:2-3  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Peace

We learn that peace is a state of mind. If your find peace in God, you can be happy despite any situation.

Philippians 4:7  “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Trust

Trust can easily be broken in this world, but we learn that we can trust God in every circumstance. Many times in our lives we go through trials and following God’s plan might seem like it doesn’t make sense, but we learn that God is always in control and he will never leave us.

Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Hope

Hope and Faith is a living and daring confidence in God’s grace. Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.  Hope gives us direction.  Hope gives us the determination and strength for whatever we face.

Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep praying.”

Resilience

Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, to “bounce back” when faced with challenges.  Resilience develops the children’s inner wisdom, the strength of their character, and their emotional intelligence.

Joshua 1:9:  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Our values… keep your thoughts positive

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

 

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