The value currently being considered as a whole school, in Collective Worship and in the general life of the school, is resilience.
Our Christian values permeate the life of the school. As we go through the day the children and adults aim to live out these values, deepening their meaning and showing them in many practical ways.
Our focus values form the basis for our daily Collective Worship. Each week we spend time together as a school celebrating those children who have particularly shown these values in their attitude and behaviour at school.
The values have been decided as a school community and reflect what is of importance to Potters Gate. This year the values that we are going to focus on are:
Although these values may be supported and shared by Christians and non-Christians alike, theological backgrounds and biblical references help to explore what is distinctively Christian about each value.
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.
Everybody is important. I will not think I am better than others. A central element of being a family is interdependence: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole. The same message is found in Paul’s image of the Christian community as the body of Christ. Each member of the body shares the joys and sufferings of the others and each depends upon every else.
The special gift that we have when life is difficult or challenging that helps us not to give up.Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness.
Psalm 100:5 'For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues though all generations.'
Romans 5:2-4 'And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character,hope.'
Justice is not about a culture which encourages everyone to insist on their own rights at the expense of others. It is about a community that knows that everyone’s well-being is bound up with that of everyone else.
A commitment to justice leads to fierce opposition to injustice in whatever form it may be found. Justice is a pre-requisite of peace: without justice there can be no peace.
Amos 5:24 'Let justice roll on like a river; righteousness like a never-failing stream."
Proverbs 29:7 'The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.'
Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured. With wisdom and discernment, we can learn to trust. We can build trust in our society by being reliable ourselves, by not letting people down.
WORSHIP I acknowledge and respect God as we gather daily
for worship. Worship is central in the life of Potters Gate School.
Psalm 91:2 'I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'
Romans 15:13 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.'