As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School, we have very close connections with St. Mary’s Church in Shincliffe Village. We have links with other churches in the Durham area too.
Christian Values for Schools
Our Christian Values are at the centre of everything we do at Shincliffe CE Primary School. They help us to live out our Christian Vision of ‘life in all its fullness’. Each half term, we focus on a different Christian Value. This is done explicitly through our Collective Worship time, but also throughout our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to reflect on each value and to develop an understanding of the Value in action. Each Friday, in our Celebration Worship, we acknowledge children who have demonstrated these values.
Our visitors from St. Mary’s Church (Father Peter, Father Bill and Mrs Matthews) regularly lead our worship to help us to reinforce our understanding of each value as they share stories from the Bible. Children have opportunities to plan, prepare and lead worship for the whole school through class assemblies.
The Values we explore and strive to live by are:
We believe these values are empowering our pupils to develop their spirituality and guiding them in personal development as effective learners and good citizens. For more information please view the Christian Values for Schools website or our Values Powerpoint for Parents.
During the Spring term we will be revisiting and further exploring the value of Justice and Peace.
This half term we are focusing on Justice as our whole school Christian Value. Justice is ‘Looking after each other so that everyone has a fair share of what they need’.
Justice and mercy are key themes of the writings of the Old Testament prophets. Biblical justice is more than fairness and equality, it is a strong bias towards the weak, the poor and the socially disadvantaged are cared for, whether they ‘deserve’ it or not. In God’s eyes every person is precious and oppression or discrimination, on any grounds, has no place. God’s justice is gracious—He always acts justly and he calls on people to do the same.
Amos 5: 24 says let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
The biblical concept of peace is not just the absence of war. It includes peace with God, positive harmony and healthy relationships between people. It involves spiritual as well as material security. Peace, in the sense of total well-being for the whole of creation, is the ultimate goal.
Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”.
This half term we are focusing on Peace as our whole school Christian Value. In the school context peace–making actions can include everything from conflict resolution to creating times and places for stillness and reflection. We would like our children to continue their reflection and experience at home. Please look at our home school value sheet for peace. This will give you lots of ideas of activities you can do at home.
Some things to think about:
- How do you feel when you are peaceful?
- What sort of things make you feel peaceful?
- How important is peace in your life?
- Do you have a special place where you feel peaceful?
In March 2018 we underwent a Statutory Inspection of the School as an Anglican School (SIAMS). We are delighted with the judgement of Outstanding that we received. For further information regarding the SIAMS reports please view our school performance page.
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