‘Excellence, Truth and Grace’
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; strive for excellence, things to praise, not things to curse.
Our school is a Christian Community where the teachings of the gospels are the foundations of our activities. Worshipping together fosters and affirms these values and attitudes, recognising the great need for them to be rooted in biblical teaching. We want to help children understand what these values mean for us as people in an ever changing world and how Jesus' teaching around these values can help us them make positive contributions to the community in which they live.
Our school is driven by the nine Gospel values that our children have identified as being the most important:
Love and Kindness
Forgiveness and Peace
These values provide an important framework for helping us to define 'beyond the curriculum’ work within our school. Each value is used as the theme for collective worship, the focus for classroom reflection and the subject matter for displays and prayer spaces.
Values in Action
Our children are enthusiastic to demonstrate these values in all elements of their lives. Please take some time to look at our parent guide to help us raise awareness of these values at home and in the community. We would love to hear from you on the occasions your child (ren) demonstrates these values, please send an email to class teachers who can then celebrate this in class and added to recognition boards.
The Christian Value that we focus on in Autumn 1 is Koinonia.
‘Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.’
In Christian teaching Koinonia describes how Christians come together as a family. The members of The Middleton Parish Church School family are interdependent: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole. We work together to ensure all feel included and valued. Through Christ we all share fellowship with one another as one big family. Koinonia comes from the Greek word meaning community or fellowship. This shows the special relationship we have with each other where as a community we look after each other, where we are welcomed and accepted, no matter who we are. Together we can grow in our relationship with one another and with God. We come together with Christ at the centre of our school.
The Christian Values that we focus on in Autumn 2 are Love and Compassion.
Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.
Love is evident in all our relationships at Middleton Parish Church School, and in our actions to support our community and our world. We see it in our interactions at school and home, feel it when we are together, and experience it through how others act towards us. We can grow and learn together because we know that God loves us. Christians recognise that God is love, and love comes from God. Whilst love is important in almost every culture and religion, the Bible tells us that God loved us first, his love is unconditional and for everyone. At Middleton Parish Church School, we believe that it is by understanding God’s love for us that we can truly love others.
The Christian Value that we focus in Spring 1 is Humility.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Being part of the Middleton Parish Church School family is all about trying to think about others before you think about yourself. We promote an ethos of being humble enough to ask and accept other people's help. One of the main bible stories we will be focus on is the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet, this focuses on how Christians believe that Jesus was both Servant and King. Jesus taught his disciples to be humble enough to serve one another and not to be conceited thinking themselves better than other people.
The Christian Value that we focus in Spring 2 is Forgiveness and Peace.
Do not judge, and you will not be judge. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
At Middleton Parish Church School, we believe it is important for children to find peace in themselves to cope with a range of anxieties and fears, to enjoy silence and to become more reflective. Part of this is to understand that everyone can make mistakes; forgiving others can be hard to do when you are still feeling hurt. It takes courage - not just a warm, fuzzy feeling to decide to forgive someone. In fact, forgiving someone shows strength of character, not weakness. By forgiving someone, you are not saying that what the other person did is okay; but rather, that you have decided not to hold it against them and ‘let it go. Forgiveness links to Peace as we learn to forgive ourselves and other, we create peaceful community. Collective worships focus on friendships and being at peace between each other in school. The following themes are explored - making and keeping friends, sorting out arguments, making compromises, letting go of hostile feelings, building bridges, learning how to listen to each other.
The Christian Value that we focus in Summer 1 is Hope.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirt.
At Middleton Parish Church School, we have high hopes and aspirations for our children’s future, our school and community. We also understand that faith gives us hope for both now and for the future, and that this hope brings confidence. Hope for us means that there is always a future whatever situation we are in, because God promised to never leave us, to always love us, and to help us in times of need.
The Christian Value that we focus in Summer 2 is Endurance.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
At its root, endurance is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important not to give up in the face of adversity. Emphasis upon endurance is common in the New Testament where it is linked with patience and suffering. St Paul is certain that endurance is honed by suffering, is character building and is characterised by love. At Middleton Parish Church School this means that we don't give up as soon as things go wrong. We know that we can learn from mistakes and keep improving. Even when we are faced with challenges we remember that we are not alone.