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 2022

GENEROSITY 

God’s generosity is best described as ‘grace’, love given freely without limit or conditions.  Feeling this love without limits can release a generous spirit towards other people.

Courageous Advocacy

Bravely making the world better

We reflect on the following questions as we make the world a better place:

  • Do you give without wanting something in return?
  • How do we encourage you to be generous in both words and actions?
  • When do we consider the importance of being generous?
  • Can we be generous with things that are not material e.g. time, spirit, talents?
  • In what ways do we encourage people in our school to show kindness and respect to one another?
  • How do we foster links with charities for the homeless or those in need?  Do we have links with elderly people in our locality?
  • How are new members of the school community nurtured and supported in their first term?
  • How do we help, and encourage people to understand and empathise with members of our community who have suffered traumatic experiences?

Our main Bible text is The Widow’s Offering Luke 21:1-4 

Jesus looked around and saw rich people dropping their gifts in the Temple treasury, and he also saw a very poor widow dropping in two little copper coins. He said, “I tell you that this poor widow put in more than all the others. For the others offered their gifts from what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, gave all she had to live on.”

COMPASSION

Christians believe that their attitudes and actions must reflect the kindness, mercy and compassion of Jesus and the love of God for everyone.

Courageous Advocacy

Bravely making the world better

We reflect on the following questions as we make the world a better place:

Our main Bible text is Jesus feeds the 5,000 Luke 9:10-17 

He took the Disciples and went away privately to a town called Bethsaida. When the crowds discovered, they followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed it.

As the day wore on, the Twelve came to Jesus.

‘Send the crowd away,’ they said, ‘so that they can go into the villages and countryside nearby, find somewhere to stay, and get something to eat. We’re in quite a lonely spot here.’

‘You give them something to eat,’ he replied.

‘All we’ve got here’, they said, ‘is five loaves and a couple of fishes – unless you mean we should go ourselves and buy food for all these people?’

 ‘Get them to sit down’, Jesus said to them, ‘in groups of around fifty each.’

They did so, and everyone sat down. Then Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up to heaven, blessed the food, divided it, and gave it to the disciples to pass around the crowd. Everyone ate, and was satisfied. They took up twelve baskets of broken bits left over.

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.

Parent

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

Pupil, Year 6
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