It is the school's vision that we should let God's light shine through each of us as we live out our school values as good deeds within the school and local communities. [Our hope is that our local community can also discover what God is like and give Him praise, and that they will find that they can also let God's light shine through the way they live.]
As a school community our key Christian Values are:
Humility acknowledges that God is God and that we should live in trusting dependence upon God. It is the opposite of pride. It is not the devaluing of ourselves, but choosing to seek the good of others. We are humble when we look to others for guidance rather than assuming "I know best".
"When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honour to others than to yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)
Justice is about acting out of a concern for what is right and seeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and are least able to protect themselves. In our school we treat people fairly. "The righteous care about justice for the poor." (Proverbs 29:7)
A feeling of empathy for others leading to a desire to help. We act with compassion towards all members of our school community and seek to show compassion in the wider world.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort." (2 Corinthians 1:3)
We are thankful to God who creates and sustains life. What we have is a gift and not a right. We express our thankfulness to God and to each other.
"Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Christian hope is much more than wishful thinking. It is trusting in God's character, that what he says will come true. We believe in hope. We hope for things knowing we have done our best to achieve them.
"Let us hole unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)
Jesus gave the ultimate example of dutiful service believing he was called to serve even to the extent of giving up his life. We do our best and dutifully serve others for the benefit of our school community and the wider world.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)
Christians believe wisdom can be gained through knowing God and having reverence for him as the source of all wisdom. We strive to encourage wisdom through learning and through understanding people and social interactions. We respect the wisdom of our teachers and leaders.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding." (Psalm 111:10)
Trust is the very essence of faith; trust in the God who is trustworthy. Trust is important in our relationships in school. We put our trust in our teachers and work at being trustworthy people ourselves.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
The ability to keep doing something difficult, unpleasant or painful for a long time. God's love, mercy, faithfulness and righteousness endure forever.
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
Forgiveness is not saying "it doesn't matter." God's forgiveness of us was costly. It is choosing not to hold a grudge and giving another chance. We believe in forgiveness and will seek the help and support we need to move on.
"Bear with each other and force whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." (Colossians 3:13)
Integrity is linked with honesty and moral principles. For a Christian it's about wanting to act in a way that emulates Jesus Christ and brings glory to God. In school we are honest and keep our word. We choose to do the right thing even when our actions are unseen.
"We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honourably in every way." (Hebrews 13:18)