Encourage one another AND build each other up – Thessalonians 5:11
“Learning together to be the best we can be”
We value the importance of relationships and this is visualised by and through our Okeford Hand of friendship, which encompasses our school values:
“Serve one another in love” Galatians 5:13
We are encouraged to love ourselves, others, God and his world. At our school, we show love and care towards one another, nurturing each other and supporting one another in love. We put others before ourselves without expectation of reward.
Do to others what you would have them do to you – Matthew 7:12
Respect can mean simply treating each other with politeness and courtesy, and recognising that everyone’s contribution is important and that everyone’s feelings should be considered. We regularly discuss how respecting someone does not mean that we always agree with the other person but that we are prepared to listen and share our views without rudeness or impatience. We believe that people are made in the image of God, that everyone is special, everyone’s opinion matters, everyone’s contribution is important, everyone’s feelings should be considered and everyone’s faith is sacred.
The Bible teaches us to respect differences in our world through stories like The Good Samaritan and Zacchaeus the Tax Collector. We use these stories to think carefully about how we treat others.
“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened, for the Lord God is with you wherever you go.” – Book of Joshua
This reminds us to stand against injustice and to be the best we can be when things are difficult. We are inspired to be courageous and to stand for what is right in all circumstances. At our school, we have courage to stand by our beliefs and are committed to what is right and true. We recognise the importance of building courage and resilience in our children to carry on when things get tough and to stand up for what they believe in.
We use Bible stories such as David and Goliath to teach us about being courageous and never giving up.
Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving one another, Just as Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32
Forgiveness is an important value to us. Forgiving one another, as Jesus taught us by his example, is the message we try to follow. Forgiving ourselves and others can be challenging but we learn that mistakes are good and proof that we are trying. The Prodigal Son, the story of Joseph, and Jesus at the well all exemplify forgiveness.
We develop our value of forgiveness through: modelling it to one another; looking at Christian stories in worship; discussing how we can forgive when things go wrong; teaching what sincere apologies mean; having a fresh start after a bad day; celebrating when a child forgives and moves on; and being empathetic to one another.
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” Colossians 3 V12
We value friendship and kindness but we also recognise the importance of loving those that we may not like or who are different to us. We encourage a generous empathy for each other because we are all made in the image of God. Our children are taught to reach out to one another and be vigilant to the needs of others as in the parable of The Good Samaritan.
At Okeford Fitzpaine CE Primary school we encourage one another AND build each other up to be the best we can be: the best learners, the best friends, the best people, in school and in the wider community, now and in the future. Each child is seen as a unique individual, loved by God and is equally valued and fully supported to do their very best in all they do.
We are a caring, happy school with a passion for children’s learning and well-being. As a small school we are able to personalise the learning every child receives.