Staff, governors, pupils and parents all contributed to four values that we all want to see embedded within everything we do at St. Mark's C.E Junior School. We celebrate these values and reflect upon the teachings of Jesus to help us live out each value each and every day.
Every individual is valued for who they are and what they can contribute to the school. Our core values are intended to support the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school. The whole staff team are involved in promoting these values and recognising where pupils have demonstrated these in daily school life.
Friendship is one of our four values in school. Not only was it evident in our recent pupil survey, but is a key concept in the Christian framework, with Jesus being criticised for being ˜the friend of sinners’ and eating with those whom society rejected. The barriers between people are broken down in a loving community around God and Jesus had stern words to say to those who refused to recognise that all are included in this 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. The friendship of David and Jonathan is very strongly emphasised in the Bible, Abraham is described as the friend of God (James 2:23) and Jesus explicitly calls his disciples not servants but friends (John 15:14 – 15). True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. All this echoes the Value placed by God on the preciousness of each person.
At St. Mark's C.E Junior School, our vision statement reflects the importance that we place upon each child achieving the best they can possibly be. Not only is exhibited in our academic achievements but in the spiritual, moral and social development. Children make the best use of talents, time and resources to be the best they can possibly be.
There are numerous references in the Bible addressing the Christian’s commitment in various aspects of life: to our families, neighbours, employers, the church, our health, and in all things we do and say (Ephesians 6:5; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 31). But the Bible also teaches that the chief commitment of our lives is to God Himself. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).
All staff and pupils promote a sense of enjoyment and fascination in their learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible. Through a sense of enjoyment, children will become confident and independent lifelong learners.
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