Every member of our school community will develop a questioning approach to faith, grounded in the principles of Christian hope, which prompts everyone to seize every opportunity for growth, to look beyond themselves and lovingly serve their community and the wider world.
Faith, hope and love abide, these three: and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Wisdom is insight into the way life works: a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things
Thankfulness is directed towards God who gives and sustains life. Seeing the world as God’s creation underpins the way we approach everything in life: seeing it as a gift not a right.
True hope is much more than a general idea that things will get better. Christian hope is grounded in the character of God. As well as trusting God we need to develop qualities of steadfastness in our own character.
Christian teaching has always put forgiveness at the centre. Forgiveness cannot be given or received unless it is asked for and the asking must be genuine and from the heart.
The parable of the Good Samaritan shows we should serve those in need whoever they are. Such service is not offered to gain some advantage for ourselves. ‘Going the extra mile’ involves sacrifice, putting ourselves out for someone else’s benefit.
The Hebrew term for peace is Shalom, which has a deep and complex meaning. Not just absence of hostility but includes ideas of healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It means harmony, stability and security within a community. It refers to relationships based on truth and righteousness where people flourish because they are nurtured.
Trust is the very essence of faith: Trust in God who is trustworthy. Trust is essential to human life and is at the heart of all relationships. Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured.
Friendship is an undisputed value in our society. Friends are not afraid to tell each other the truth and a friend's loving criticisms are worth more than the empty compliments of someone who does not really care for you.