Distinctive Christian Character
Deeply Christian, serving the common good.
Our school’s key Christian Values are deeply embedded throughout all aspects of school. During the year we focus on the six important values of friendship, trust, perseverance, forgiveness, compassion and respect.
We also take time to think of the following Christian values:
Reverence: All pupils are encouraged to show reverence to what is holy and sacred and show respect for God’s greatness. ‘You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.’ (Psalm 115 vs 11)
Forgiveness: This key Christian principle, exemplified in the teachings and action of Jesus, is the basis of our school community and spiritual life. Pupils are encouraged to say sorry, accept apologies and build positive relationships. Every day, children have the chance to start again. We want our pupils to understand that it is okay to make mistakes as long as repentance is shown. ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephesians 4 vs 32)
Love, Care and Compassion: Pupils are expected to show love, care and compassion for others through their daily work in school and through their contribution to others in the wider community. They show compassion through ‘putting themselves into someone else’s shoes’ and creating a desire to act and help, just as Jesus demonstrates his love for us. ‘Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.’ (1 John 3 vs 18)
Justice: We follow the teachings of Jesus by treating all people equally regardless of age, ability, gender, race and religion. Relationships within the school are characterised by fairness and we create opportunities for all to promote equality. We provide the opportunity for all members of the community to be heard in order to promote what is right and fair. ‘Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right’ (Psalm 106 vs 3)
Wisdom: As a school community, we promote wisdom through developing an understanding of the consequences of our words and actions and through an awareness of the true value of things, in reverence to God who is the source of life and all values. Through developing wisdom, our pupils are inheriting guiding principles for their future. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’ (Proverbs 3 vs 5-6)
Hope: We teach the pupils that our hope stems from God’s faithfulness and love. The focus is that God’s promises can be trusted and that we can have hope for the future through him. ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’ (Jeremiah 29 vs 11)
Thankfulness: Thankfulness is at the centre of our worship here at St Peter’s. Seeing the world as God’s creation is an important factor, and creates a thankfulness to God for his amazing gifts to us. Our whole community are encouraged to thank God for his sacrifice by offering salvation to us all. ‘Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him; bless his name’ (Psalm 100 vs 4)
Friendship: All pupils are encouraged to show care and compassion through friendship just as Jesus is a friend to us. ‘A friend loves at all times.’ (Proverbs 17 vs 17)
Humility: Children at St. Peter’s know that they need to put other people first and to not be full of pride. They are taught that we can rely on God’s strength and are shown that they need to show love for one another. ‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing one another in love’ (Ephesians 4 vs 2)
Peace: Through focusing on harmony and respect, the pupils have a clear understanding of the power of peace. This is then shown throughout school and the local community through the words, actions and care shown by all members of our school. The pupils know Bible stories that demonstrate when Jesus valued peace, and that God blesses those who show peace ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.’ (Matthew 5 vs 9).
Perseverance: As a school community we encourage perseverance and that it can be achieved through putting our hope in God. The development of perseverance helps the pupils at St Peter’s to make progress in all aspects of their learning and develops enduring friendships. ‘Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things’ (1 Corinthians 13 vs 7).
Trust: Trust comes from God and pupils are taught that God is trustworthy. We teach that trust is an essential part of our school community and that to be reliable is a key value in society. ‘The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.’ (Psalm 145 vs 18)
Service: Serving God means to serve others too and this is promoted throughout school. Pupils are taught Bible stories that promote service, e.g. The Good Samaritan, and that we should serve those who are in need. ‘…always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.’ (1 Thessalonians 5 vs 15).