School Values and Motto
We believe there are six key values which along with our motto of 'Be the best you can be' characterise our school. These have been developed through consultation with governors, staff, parents and pupils and reflect the core beliefs of our community. These values encompass British values. Bible readings and images which support the half term value are changed weekly. Our school values are:
Children are encouraged to develop mutual respect and a wide circle of friends through being inclusive, approachable, a good role model and willing to help one other. When friends fall out they are supported to work through their differences and understand the viewpoint of others. Staff provide positive role models and visitors are always welcomed.
Proverbs 17:17 – Loyal friends love through difficult times.
Children are encouraged to support charitable organisations- serving God is serving others. They lead by example, being a good role model and understanding that no task is beneath them. Pupils are encouraged to take on responsibilities such as worship leader, school council reps, reading buddy or playleader and pupil voice is sought wherever possible in school improvement.
Matthew 23:11 – The greatest among you will be your servant.
Our school motto is ‘Be the best you can be!” We celebrate everyone’s qualities not just intelligence and help the pupils to understand that Wisdom has many forms. Pupils take responsibility for their choices and actions and try to make wise choices in all that they do.
Proverbs 19:20: Listen to advice and accept instruction,1 and in the end you will be wise.2
Pupils are encouraged to understand that we all make mistakes and to forgive the actions of others when they have made inappropriate choices. We help them to understand that it is often a difficult value to ask for and also to demonstrate! Those who seek forgiveness are supported by staff and encouraged to make amends, often selecting themselves how best to do this. Children understand that they have a choice in how they act and are encouraged to ‘make the right choice.’
Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Pupils learn that in order to receive respect, one must also show it to others. We allow everyone to have their say and recognise they are entitled to their own opinions but their actions to others should be respectful. Our school & class rules, school policies relating to face book, confidentiality etc. and day to day interactions underpin our expectations of respectful interactions. Remembrance services, celebration of achievements and displays allow us to demonstrate respect in a variety of different ways.
Exodus 20:12 “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
We encourage pupils to celebrate difference and enjoy finding out what unique gifts others have to offer. Tolerance of younger siblings, disability, the elderly and those of other faiths is explored through collective worship. Time for reflection within collective worship allows pupils to think about what they have heard and how they strive for peace in their lives. Demonstrating respect for one another, love and hope!
Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
British Values - Preparing Children for Life in Modern Britain
At Holy Trinity CE Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. We incorporate these values into our school values which underpin all our activities. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons and daily collective worship provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The school makes efforts to ensure children have exposure to experiences beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.