Christian values are elements of our life that we find to be most important as individuals and as a community. They influence our behaviour and our motives and help us to understand how we should live our lives at school and in the wider community. The school's values are rooted in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and are distinctively Christian.
"Love is patient, love is kind." - 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is at the heart of the Christian faith. The love of God is boundless and never fails. Jesus tells us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Sharing God's love with everyone is very important in our daily lives.
"Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them." - Matthew 7:12
Showing respect for others is essential in our daily lives. It means being aware of and understanding differences in religion, race, age, gender, opinions and beliefs. Everyone is unique and precious to God and therefore deserves to be treated with respect at all times.
"Stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong." -1 Corinthians 16: 13-14
Courage helps us to stand up for the things which we know are right. At Pennington C of E Junior School, children are encouraged to be strong and to persevere when facing difficulties or challenges. Faith in God helps us to be courageous and strong.
"We must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us" - Hebrews 12:1
We can persevere in lots of different things. We might have to persevere to learn a skill so that you can get on a sports team. It might take a matter of a few goes or maybe many months or even years to achieve your goal. Perseverance can, at times, be really difficult as you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere but you just have to keep going.
We strive to be the best we can be through our shared values. A leaflet / flyer reflecting these values is available from the school office or can be downloaded below:
We work very closely with St Marks Parish Church and celebrate regularily in school and in the church building, participating in a variety of projects together. We have highlights just a few of them below.
As we begin to work towards Christmas - Mrs Clayton Smith was involved in recording a story for our village advent calendar, with the help of some students - one of the students was in charge of the recording! It is a co-operative interactive display involving a varierty of local schools, community heros, and will be created daily on the hedge in the village - outside church and shared interactively on the church's facebook page - we will be watching some of the daily broadcasts in school, sharing it with our school community and encouraging families to watch at home.
This is a sneak peak of behind the scenes of Day One. The videos will be shared on St Mark's Church Youtube channel - http://www.youtube.com/c/PenningtonChurch and will go live each day at 7am, as well as on the church facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StMarksChurchPennington - There's also a landing page on our church website, where the links will go live each day: https://site.penningtonchurch.uk/whats-going-on/
One of the recent workships can be viewed here:
We took part in Holocaust Memorial Day as part of a Pennington Community where member of the community came together to design and create one of the 75 Memorial Flames that will mark the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
More details of the project: https://www.hmd.org.uk/take-part-in-holocaust-memorial-day/holocaust-memorial-day-2020/75-memorial-flames/ - you can view the service we participated in at St Marks Church here and more photos can be viewed here.
This video is a digital version of the exhibition, showcasing all 75 Memorial Flames, ours is shown at 15:22
We love getting involved with creative projects through our workship, so have pleasure in highlighting some recent work that we have done in school.
Within the Junior School we have created a new school vision board about valuing the rich diversity within our school. Each child created their own flower or mini beast, choosing something to represent what it means to be them. We put them together into a large display, along with our school values of love, respect, courage and perseverance.
We have used it to talk about what it means to stand together and be a school where each child can grow, flourish and be the best they can be, seeing all our differences as rich strengths for the community, to be nurtured and encouraged.