Christian Values and Mission Statement
Through our Christian values and school ethos, we strive to provide a rich learning environment for all pupils whatever their need.
Caring – We respect and care for everyone in our school community and beyond
Considerate – We are welcoming and hospitable to everyone – we value differences
Courageous – Even when we face difficulties and problems, we never give up
Our values are:
- Being loving and caring – we respect and care for everyone in our school community and beyond
Why do we do this? In the Bible, Jesus tells his disciples “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
- Being welcoming and considerate of everyone – we value difference in everyone in our school community and beyond
Why do we do this? In the Bible, St Peter says “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:8-10)
- Being brave and courageous – if we face problems, we bounce back!
Why do we do this? In the Bible, God tells us “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Our vision is:
Our children need love and care to help them flourish, both as children and as adults. We teach our children to be loving and caring towards everyone in our school community and beyond. In the Bible, Jesus says “I give you a new command: love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you” (John 13:34).
All our children, no matter where they come from or what needs they may have, are included and part of our school. We teach our children to be considerate and welcoming of everyone, and to use their gifts and talents to help each other: we value difference in everyone in our school community and beyond. In the Bible, St Paul says “Don't forget to do good to others, and share with them what you have. These are the sacrifices that please God” (Hebrews 13:16)
Our children may face difficulties in life, and they need to be courageous to face these difficulties. We teach our children that when we face difficulties, we do not give up. In the Bible, God tells us “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
We think Jesus might say to our school, “St Lawrence School is the shining light of its community. A school on top of a hill cannot be hidden! You don’t light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead you put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let’s make sure St Lawrence School shines in its community, so that everyone might see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven.” (Paraphrase of Matthew 5:14-16)