Our Values

At St. John’s we believe that our values; wonder, excellence, love and forgiveness are the foundations of all that we do.

These values are actively promoted and fostered throughout the school and curriculum with all children and adults. These values are based on explicit Christian teaching and key educational values (additionally they support the common British values). Our values are intrinsically linked to our mission of educating the ‘mind, body, heart and soul’ of every child that comes here and is underpinned by the bible verse ‘That they shall have life, life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10)

Wonder

“You Lord God have done many wonderful things, and have planned marvellous things for us.” (Psalm 40:5)

Wonder can be defined as a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, a miracle, a phenomenon, a wonderful thing, a sensation, a sight, it can also include a desire to know something or feel curious. The world around us is a very special place and as a Church of England school we believe that God’s creation is something to be explored and celebrated at every opportunity.

Excellence

“Fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and honourable.” (Philippians 4:8)

It is clear that God wants His people to abound or excel in both what they are (inward character) and in what they do (behaviour or good deeds). However, for this to be true, the pursuit of excellence must be motivated by the right values and priorities, it is not about being better than other people but being the best you can be.

Love

“Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Christian Love – is not a feeling, it is a Lifestyle. So, what does “Christian love” really mean? Is it a warm fuzzy feeling? We don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling for everyone we meet, Christian or otherwise!- does that mean we are not a Christian? No, a “warm fuzzy feeling” is not the biblical definition for “love”. Christian love is giving to others those things that you would want them to give you if you were in their situation – and it’s doing so even if they can’t pay you back. In fact, it’s doing so especially if they can’t pay you back! Christian love is respect for others. It’s mercy. It’s charity.

Forgiveness

“Forgive one another as I have forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Christian Forgiveness – Two types of forgiveness appear in the Bible: God’s pardon of our sins, and our obligation to pardon others. We ask God in the Lord’s Prayer to ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’. The Bible tells us that when someone hurts us, we are under an obligation to God to forgive that person. If we receive forgiveness from God, we must give it to others who hurt us. We cannot hold grudges or seek revenge. We are to trust God for justice and forgive the person who offended us. That does not mean we must forget the offense; usually that’s beyond our power. Forgiveness means releasing the other from blame, leaving the event in God’s hands, and moving on.

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These Christian values are interwoven with our education values. (Wonder – developing enquiring minds, Excellence – striving for excellence in our teaching and for the children themselves to try and excel in both their behaviour and achievements in the classroom and in other areas such as sport, Forgiveness – giving others the chance to make things right or as one child said ‘ it is OK to make mistakes in our work because that is a way we can learn from them and get better’, Love – to follow the Golden Rule of treating others as we ourselves wish to be treated (Luke 6:31) ~ as another child said ‘we can show respect to others even if we don’t like them, so that they will respect us’).

We are privileged to be able to play an active role in the spiritual development of our pupils and encourage reflection, enquiry and a sense of ‘wonder’; additionally fostering our other core values of excellence, forgiveness and love. By following these core values we can truly educate the mind, body heart and soul of every one here at St John’s.