Our Values – Walking in the footsteps of Jesus
Saint Barnabas Primary School is founded upon core values and learning from the example Jesus gives us.
Jesus Christ issued an invitation and a challenge to His disciples to "follow in His footsteps." An important part of his message was that "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).By learning about the example that Jesus gave us through his teaching, values and the example of his life, we are aiming to be the best versions of us. To be loving and forgiving and live a full life. At school, we aim to develop and improve educationally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We learn that it is through our action and words that we can make a difference to others and how to encourage, serve and help others. We learn to reflect on our choices and how to make better ones but also how to forgive. We also learn how we can invite God into our lives to help and guide us on our journey. We benefit from the positive examples of others such as the encourager like St Barnabas.
Although Christians have many values the school focuses upon Honesty, Kindness, Co-operation, Friendship and Determination. These values were selected by the extended St. Barnabas family. Children, parents, Governors and staff all chose their top five Christian values. The Worship Council then determined which five the school would focus upon.
To support our school values, the themes for Collective Worship are changed each half term and reflect values to support the social, moral, emotional and spiritual growth of our children. Our principal values of friendship, kindness, determination, forgiveness, honesty and co-operation are also explored, deciding what is distinctively Christian about these particular values. Also, many other values are explicitly taught throughout the school day such as; respect, courage, trust and appreciation.
Our values are explored in detail below, giving our key Christian story, which gives a biblical example of how to show this value and an explanation of our expectations and how we can live our values in our everyday lives. There is an explanation of what these values mean to our school. For example, we explore cooperation through trust and forgiveness as these are what we need to be able to work together at St Barnabas.
Our values at home
Please see the links below for how you can explore our focus values at home.
Determination - perseverance
Cooperation - trust and forgiveness
Kindness - compassion
Honest - truthfulness
Home school values Determination - perseverance
Cooperation - Trust and Forgiveness
Home school values cooperation - trust
Home school values cooperation - forgiveness
Home school values kindness - compassion
Home school values friendship
Home school values honesty -truthfulness
Community and Service
Although this isn't one of our 5 footprint values, it is important to us to be able to see the change we can make through our actions and words. We aim to be more like St Barnabas by encouraging others. We want to be the change in our community and help others.