Values for Life
At Callow End CE Primary School we offer pupils many opportunities to explore and share beliefs, as well as considering the importance of prayer and time for reflection.
We encourage the children to think carefully about the relevance of ideas, beliefs and values to their own lives, to consider the needs of others and their own role within a wider community.
Every opportunity is given to put both Christian and British values into practice. Collective worship also provides pupils with a time to celebrate achievement and the positive behaviour which reflects these values.
Our collective worship is based upon ‘Values for life’ and in particular nine key Christian values which are rooted in the teachings of the Bible. Each half term we concentrate on one value through music, prayers and a variety of stories and plays.
The key values that we identified after consultations with all our stakeholders are:
|'Be strong and courageous... for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.' Joshua 1.9||'Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others.' Colossians 3.13||'Encourage one another and build each other up.' Thessalonians 5.11|
|'The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.' Psalm 29.11||'I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.' Philippians 4.13||'Do to others as you would have them do to you.' Matthew 7.12|
|'Always be thankful.' Thessalonians 5.11||'My God is my strength in whom I trust.' Psalm 18.2||'Tell the truth to each other.' Zechariah 8.16|
Our Values Tree and Values at Home
Our values are at the heart of our school and we encourage the children to use the values as a part of their everyday life. Staff and pupils are encouraged to nominate children for a values leaf if they see them using one of the values at school. The leaves are added to our values tree throughout the year and the children's actions are celebrated in Collective Worship and through the newsletter. Governors can add a Worcester Black Pear to the tree if they see a value in action when they visit the school.
We also encourage our pupils to use the values in their lives outside school. Parents, carers, friends and family can share an example of our values being used and a Values at Home certificate is then awarded in school. Examples include: perseverance in completing a sporting challenge, courage in dealing with a tricky situation calmly and sensibly, showing respect by making and distributing care packages to the homeless and friendship in caring for grandparents.