Our service of blessing for our school bell – Reverend Sheila
Father God, we thank you for all the work that has gone on here at the school during the holidays, whether it is repainting some of our rooms, or rebuilding the bell tower and today especially we thank you for our new bell. We ask you to bless this bell and all who hear it ringing in the mornings. We pray that we will come to school with big smiles, ready for each new day of learning. We pray that we will come to school with big smiles, ready for each new day of learning. Father God, there may be times when we wish it rings a bit later to give us longer in bed in the mornings, but we thank you for the way it brings us together as a school community. Over the holidays we have time to rest and now we are full of energy. We have had time to think, and now we are full of ideas. We have had time to stop, and now it’s time to get going.
We thank you for our school Lord.
We thank you that we are back together.
We thank you for the new pupils, help tham to settle in well and we thank you for the caring staff that we have, including those who cook our school meals and who clean classrooms for us.
We thank you for everyone here.
And for this start, Lord, we thank you for our future.
“A Christian school is one in which the entire atmosphere is pervaded by the conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful, in everybody”. Dr Rowan Williams Here at Burton Leonard, our school community is underpinned by our core Christian values: Love, Trust, Responsibility, Thankfulness, Friendship and Peace. These values run through our daily school life like the words run through a stick of seaside rock. Our values tell everybody what we consider important and what we stand for; they are values based on the Christian teaching in the Bible. Our values help us all – pupils and staff – steer our way through our daily challenges, make choices and decisions, and maintain good relationships in our school community. Our values are explored at school through collective worship, RE lessons, and in our everyday lives. The values steer us towards a strong moral code and compliment and reinforce our British Values. Our core Christian values support us in our goal to provide a setting where each child has the fullest opportunity to be the very best that they can be. Lesley Slater and Zita Branton Foundation Governors.
Every day we have Collective Worship. This is an opportunity for us to worship together and to promote the Christian ethos and values of the school. We enjoy many visitors coming to lead Collective Worship too. Mrs Day runs Burton Leonard Trailblazers (BLT) on Tuesday lunchtimes; this is a fun craft-filled Bible story club for our children. Parents have the right to exclude their children from Religious Education and/or assemblies.
Quotes from the children
‘Faith is all about hope, believing that something good is going to happen, believing in God.’ Grace ‘Faith is what you believe in, being committed.’ Helena ‘Christians live anywhere and everywhere, they might wear different clothes and eat different things but they all believe in God and live their lives according to the Bible.’ Isabella
How Christian and British Values are interwoven.
In the 2011 Prevent Strategy the government set out its definition of British values and its desire “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Here at Burton Leonard Church of England (VC) Primary School we believe that British values are Christian values and vice versa. These values underpin all that we do at school with pupils and are an integral part of our school day.
Christian Values and British values can be summed up in the bible quote “Love one another as I have loved you” John 15 V 12. Living out Christian and British values means that showing love and respect for one another should be a core part of everything we do.
The specific Christian values we as staff, governors, pupils and parents have chosen are: Friendship, Thankfulness, Peace, Trust, Responsibility and Love. They go hand-in-hand with British values and can be linked to biblical quotes and passages:
|Democracy||Trust / Responsibility / Love|
|Exodus 18 V 21
|“Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens”|
|The Rule of Law||Responsibility / Peace / Love|
|Romans 13 V 1
Exodus 20 V 1‐20
|“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established”.
Moses and the 10 commandments
|Individual Liberty||Peace / Love|
|John 8 V 32
John 15 V 12
Luke 11 V 9
|“and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free”.
“Love one another as I have loved you”
“seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
|Tolerance and Respect||Friendship / Thankfulness / Love|
|Mark 12 V31
Luke 10 V 29‐37
Matthew 7 V 1
Luke 6 V31
|The second commandment is this “Love your neighbour as yourself”.
The Good Samaritan helps his enemy.
“Do not judge others and you will not be judged”.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you”.