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School Values

At St Peter’s Elwick, we are committed to nurturing and developing children as rounded human beings who understand their role as members of the wider communities: locally, nationally and globally. Children and adults in our school are proud of our values which are rooted in theology and integral to daily life here at St Peter’s Elwick Church of England Primary School. Service Words relating to ‘servant’ and ‘service’ are central in Christian theology. Some of the most important prophecies in Isaiah speak of the coming of the ‘Servant of the Lord’ and his role as a ‘suffering servant.’ That is why Jesus said that he ‘came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. This turned upside down the normal relationship between master and disciple, leader and follower. In many ways, this astonishing action symbolizes the essence of the Incarnation: God stooping to share the human condition. Jesus is very clear about the meaning of his action: ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done.’ Serving God means serving others, not to gain an advantage for ourselves but in recognition that it is in service that we become truly free.   Friendship and Trust Friendship is an undisputed value in our society, with children often spending more time with their friends than with family. The barriers between people are broken down in a loving community and do not work when others refuse to recognise that all are included in a community of friendship. Friends are not afraid to tell each other the truth and a friend’s loving criticism is worth more than the empty compliments of someone who does not really care for you. Teaching in the Bible recognise that friendship is not easy and at times needs deliberate effort. Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys and sorrows are all features of friendship and these are things of immense value.  True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. Compassion ‘Compassion’ and ‘sympathy’ have much in common and both are stronger in meaning than simply ‘feeling sorry for’ someone. The words have their roots in the idea of ‘suffering with’ someone, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and experiencing what they experience. This leads to a desire to act, to do something.  We teach our pupils that it is not to be patronizing. It is not about ‘doing good’ from a position of strength or ‘remembering those less fortunate than ourselves’. Compassion requires an act of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others, the recognition of injustice and the courage to act.   Thankfulness Thankfulness is an approach that we want our pupils to have to all aspects of life. We encourage our pupils to approach life as a gift and not as a right. We encourage pupils and adults to appreciate and express gratitude towards others and the natural world and demonstrate this thanks through praise to God, stewardship for his creation and care towards others. Our Learning Powers help our pupils to work with a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset. We aim to develop resilience in our pupils and a ‘have a go’ attitude. Our Learning Powers help us all to be better learners. Our Learning Powers… Don’t give up Be co-operative Be curious Use your imagination Have a go Keep improving We also promote British Values and the important voice our pupils have in their own school community. Through initiatives such as ‘School Council’, ‘Junior Leadership Team’, ‘Big Fish’ group, ‘Ask-it’ assemblies and many other ways, we ensure that the children take responsibility for their own school.