Jesus said: “There is no other commandment greater
than these – you shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart…...you shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
Mark 12 v30, 31
From this statement of Jesus our values arise and they all centre on
honouring God and in turn serving others.
FORGIVENESS. I remember what Jesus said. “Forgive as I have
forgiven you.” I will choose to forgive even though it might be difficult.
TRUTHFULNESS. I will tell the truth because it is right to do so.
I want to act with transparent honesty.
SERVICE. I will remember the needs of others and be selfless
and caring. “Do for others what you wish them to do for you.”
THANKFULNESS / CONTENTMENT / AWE. I gratefully
acknowledge and receive God’s gifts and am content with what
I have. I stand in awe of God’s handiwork in the world around
about us and will do all I can to take care of it.
COURAGE. I will do what is right regardless of what my friends say
or do. I will be courageous and face things I find difficult.
COMPASSION / LOVE. When another hurts, I choose to care. When
people are starving it matters to me. “And look out for one another’s
interests, not just your own.”
LIFE IS OF INFINITE VALUE. I know human life is precious.
I will value others because I know I am valued by God. I will help
others to feel good about themselves.
HUMILITY. Everybody is important. I will not think I am better
than others. It pleases me when others are praised.
WORSHIP. I acknowledge and respect God as we gather daily
for worship. Worship is central in the life of Holy Trinity School.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and the DfE has reinforced the need “... to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded within the school. At the start of each academic year the children decide upon their Class Charter and the rights associated with these, to help everyone to do his/her best. All children contribute to drawing up their Charter. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council. The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Year 6 pupils study democracy as a separate PSHE topic to learn more about the wider issues of parliament and democracy. Year 3 also learn about the history of democracy as part of their ancient Greeks topic.
At Christmas all children are encouraged to research and present a case for supporting a charity of their choice. Through pupil voting, a class choice leads to one year group nomination. Each year group then presents to the whole school to vote on which charity to support. All collections from Christmas performances go to this chosen charity, receiving £1500+. Recent successful nominations have been: ‘Médecins Sans Frontières (UK)’ to support the work against Ebola, RNLI, Brain Tumour Research and Chase Children’s Hospice.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Class Charters, School Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety work and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. Year 6 pupils run lunchtime clubs for the younger children and produce a plan of activities to cover several weeks alongside consideration of health and safety.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy are built on our school Christian Values which encourage mutual respect:
Pupils are regularly part of discussions and assemblies related to what our values mean and how they are demonstrated at home and at school. Our high profile Values posters around the school promote respect for others - and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Our work as a Rights Respecting School alongside our values promotes mutual respect and tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Holy Trinity C of E Primary School enhances pupils' understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies, assemblies and PSHE lessons. We have staff and families of different faiths and no faith and feel, as well as representing the society we live in, together we enrich our learning experience too.
At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.