Our Christian Values

Opening minds, learning through challenge and celebrating God’s world.

‘Love you neighbour as yourself’ Luke 10:27

Skerton St Luke’s is a Church of England School with close associations with St Luke’s Church, Skerton.  We cater for pupils and families in the local community by providing an education that is steeped in Anglican tradition and Christian Values.

Our aim is to provide a high quality curriculum, which should inspire in pupils a curiosity about, and the want to build a relationship with God the Father, Jesus His Son and The Holy Spirit sent to stay amongst us.

Our vision for our school is that all children develop skills through an enquiry approach and that this will develop coherent knowledge and understanding of religion and spirituality.

We open the children’s minds through learning in RE, Collective Worship, Ethos Group and spiritual experiences.  Pupils gain an in-depth understanding of The Bible, the impact this has on us today and how we can develop relationships with God and each other now and in the future.

We provide an element of challenge, which enables and encourages children to ask critical questions and have a better understanding of the society in which they live.  It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background and allows us to celebrate God’s world.

Our school’s own relationship with St Luke’s Church is a well celebrated and inspiring feature of the school. Children, parents and the community are encouraged to live by our Bible quote ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ Luke 10:27.  We do this by modelling behaviours, supporting many charities and working with a variety of groups in the local community to make our local area, the wider community and our world a great place to live.

Our Christian Values are taught through Collective Worship, class and family group activities and homework that encourages communication with parents and other family members.  These are explicitly taught on a two year rolling programme and reviewed at different times throughout the year.  Our Christian Values are linked to bible stories and therefore rooted in Christian narrative. 

Our school uses two resources called ‘Values for Life’ and ‘Roots and Fruits’ as a basis for our Collective Worship. These Values are shared with children on a regular basis, and reinforced through our teaching. Most of these Values can be said to be ‘human Values’ and inclusive for people with different or diverse faiths, and also for those with no faith. As a Church of England school, however, we have rooted these Values in the Bible. We have established 12 Values that are particularly important to members of our school family. Please scroll down to find out more about the Value we explore each half term and a linked Bible story that illustrates the Value well and is particularly memorable for the children.


Christian Values in Autumn Term 2021

THANKFULNESS 

Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in all parts of their lives.  They know that they should be thankful and full of praise because of this.  The children are encouraged to think about how we say and show thanks to each other.

The main Bible connection will be The Fruits of The Sprit – Galatians 5:22-25

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

TRUST 

Trust is the basis for all stable relationships.  It is rooted in truth, and will grow through love and caring.  We show children that God trusts Christians with carrying out His purposes here on earth. 

We reflect on the following questions: How do we show people how to have trust in others? How do we show consequences when trust is broken?  Which people do you know who show trust?

Our main bible text is Jesus Calms the Storm - Matthew 8:23-27

After Jesus had spent a full day teaching on the shores of the Sea of Galilee he said to his disciples, "Let us go to the other side." So they left the crowd and got into a boat to cross over.

After a while there arose a great and mighty storm on the sea. The storm was so great that the boat was being covered with the waves washing over it and began filling up with water.

While the storm was rocking the boat Jesus was fast asleep on a cushion in the stern. The disciples came and woke him up and said, "Save us Lord; we are going to die! Do you not care that we are perishing?" He said to them, "Why are you afraid, Do you still have no faith?" Then Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed and said, "What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?"

Christian Values in Spring Term 2022

COURAGE 

The Christian Value of Courage encourages us to understand that basic to Christian faith is the claim that God is always present in every situation.  This belief has led to great acts of courage that have included facing danger and opposition, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is tight and encouraging others to persevere.  Through prayer people have found the strength to help them to be courageous.

We should reflect on the following questions: How do we help members of our school community who are facing difficult times?  How do we encourage others to share their fears and worries?  How does our school deal with incidents of bullying?  How do we demonstrate our core values to everyone in our school community?  What strategies do we have in place to encourage children to share friendships?

Our main Bible text is Moses and The Burning Bush Exodus 3 

The fire was so bright Moses covered his face, yet as he peered through his fingers he could still see the leaves and the branches and even the tiny red berries that were his favourite snack.  The fire was scorching, so hot, yet…

He took a step forward to look more closely, then another, then another and another, until out of the bush a voice boomed, ‘Moses, Moses’.

Moses was frozen with fear.

He could take no more steps, forward or back.

The voice came again, ‘I am our people’s God, and I have seen how they suffer as slaves in Egypt.  Moses, you are the man I have chosen to go and lead my people out of that land and into a new land of their own.’

Moses took a step back, then another and another.

There was a long silence before he summoned the strength to speak. ‘I can’t, they won’t listen, no way!’  The burning bush shot a burst of flame into the sky, sending Moses sprawling to the ground.  ‘Tell them ‘I AM’ has sent you.  I AM the one God who is GOD! I AM the one who gave you a voice, and I will give you words to speak.  I AM your God and I will always be.’

Moses knew he had to go but he didn’t’ know how.  And then, out of the bush, ‘I AM’ shocked him once more.  ‘Look!  Here comes your brother Aaron.  He will go with you, he will speak for you, and together you will take my message to the people.’

Moses stood up, turned around and took a step away from the bush. A courageous sort of step, then another and another…

Until he walked with his brother, his wife and his entire family all the way to the land of Egypt, just as the Lord had commanded him.

FORGIVENESS 

Forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored.  It is an act of the will, motivated by love.  For Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love, and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost.

We reflect on the following questions: How do we help each other when we make mistakes?  How do we help people make up for their mistakes?  How does our school help us to know that forgiveness is always possible?  How do we show forgiveness and acceptance of everyone?  What do we do to encourage each other to forgive?

Our main Bible text is Zacchaeus The Tax Collector Luke 19:1-10 

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short, he could not see over the crowd.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-figtree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Christian Values in Summer Term 2022

FRIENDSHIP 

Christians believe they can call God their friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus.

We reflect on the following questions: How do we support and encourage friendship bonds in our school?  How do we find ways to support and include pupils who might be left out?  How do we help each other to restore broken friendships and become friends again?  How do we help people who might need advice and support?

Our main Bible text is Jesus Chooses His Apostles Luke 6:12-16 

At that time Jesus went off to a mountain to pray. He stayed there all night, praying to God.  The next morning, Jesus called his followers to him. He chose 12 of them, whom he named “apostles.” They were Simon (Jesus named him Peter) and Andrew, Peter’s brother; James and John, Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon (called the Zealot), Judas son of James and Judas Iscariot. This Judas was the one who gave Jesus to his enemies.

RESPECT 

Christians believe that God gives all people a choice.  Those who show respect are acknowledging God’s greatness, authority and involvement in the world.

We reflect on the following questions: How do we experience feelings of awe, wonder and mystery in school?  Do we have places around school where you can think about the nature of God?  How do we show respect for each other in our school?  How do we value and respect our own and other people’s belongings?

Our main Bible text is The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 

A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 

The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Collective Worship 2021-2022 and 2022-2023

Experience Harvest

Testimonials

It’s a lovely community. We all feel like a part of St Luke’s family. My child loves her teachers and knows other members of staff. It’s lovely to walk into school and people know my child’s name and always say hello to her, even teachers from other classes or Mrs Armistead.

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I know when I drop my kids off they are happy and safe and they both enjoy their time in school.

Parent

Thank you for not only teaching my daughter but also caring for her. She’s really happy at school and is making great progress in all areas of learning.

Parent

The staff have been so supportive of my child with Special Educational Needs. They are amazing and it makes me confident that my daughter is well looked after and if she has any problems they will help.

Parent of a child with SEND

The Reception Open Day really showed the school in a good light. The Headteacher showed us round and knew all of the pupil’s names. All of the children we met were friendly and polite but more importantly they were all smiling whilst learning.

Prospective Parent

Teachers are very helpful, friendly and approachable

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