Our Vision Statement and Core Values

School Values for the Year 2019-20
Session in Emerald Class

Aim

To take the current number of Christian and School Values at St John’s (16 in total) and reduce them down to a manageable number of 6 values.

These 6 values will then be focussed upon in worship, assemblies, etc.

This process will be repeated at the start of each academic year.

What are Values?

The class heard how all of the values are excellent, but by focussing on six, the school would have the chance to really explore the concepts and flourish as a community.

The class were asked what they understood by the term ‘value.’

Answers included:

  • Something that determines right from wrong
  • Something to aim for

We also considered answers from last year’s cohort, which included:

  • Something that is precious
  • Something to stick to
  • Something that helps us to behave in a way that represents God’s Kingdom
  • Values express what you are and what you want to be

We then moved to consider the values for the year ahead.

In doing so, we acknowledged that values might represent what we are already doing well, or those things which we would like to aim for.  In addressing last year’s values, we considered that we might want to stick with them where we found them to be important for our continued flourishing or for stating what sort of a community we are; on the other hand, we might see other values as offering the opportunity for growth, and for reflecting the priorities and aspirations of the current student body.

As the discussion went on, Mr Ezel gave many invaluable insights, which reflected his understanding of the current cohort in Emerald Class.

Discussion

The following values were all discussed:

  • Forgiveness
  • Justice
  • Creation
  • Hope
  • Friendship
  • Reverence
  • Compassion
  • Peace
  • Wisdom
  • Endurance
  • Humility
  • Respect
  • Celebration
  • Determination
  • Confidence
  • Thankfulness

Votes were taken at the end of the discussion on each values as to whether the class would like to consider having them in the final list.

Important conversations were particularly had around values that expressed something similar.  There were very perceptive debates around concepts that were similar to one another (endurance and determination), where one value might be said to lead to another (forgiveness and peace), or where one value might come under the wider umbrella of another (respect and reverence).

The values that were settled on echoed a particular desire to grow in particular areas of life.  The pupils liked the concept of treating things not just with respect but with reverence – recognising places or things as holding a special value, and which might be treated as precious.  They were excited about practically engaging with issues around justice.  Interestingly, confidence was chosen not just for meaning self-assurance, but also as something which reflected a bold and strong faith (and so was chosen over hope).

The pupils debated with superb clarity.  They engaged with one another, were perceptive in distinguishing the nuances between similar concepts, and showed real enthusiasm for the task.

Verdict

The final list (given in no particular order) was settled on as follows:

  • Forgiveness
  • Justice
  • Reverence
  • Compassion
  • Endurance
  • Confidence

These shall form the basis for many acts of worship throughout the coming academic year, with a series of talks, reflections, and other bits of teaching on each aspect.

School Values:-

Our school values help us…

to grant forgiveness,

to grow in reverence,

to practise endurance,

to share compassion,

to work for justice for everyone,

and to know confidence through Christ.

School Values 2019 and supporting Bible Verses

Forgiveness
‘Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.’
Colossians 3.13

Reverence
‘You are standing on holy ground.’
Exodus 3.5

Endurance
‘I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength.’
Psalm 25.9

Compassion
‘Jesus saw the many people and felt compassion for them
because they were worried and helpless.’
Philippians 4.13

Justice
‘Learn to do good.  Be fair to other people.’
Isaiah 1.17

Confidence
‘Through Christ we feel sure.’
2 Corinthians 3.4

PJHG
10th September 2019