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9. Core Values

School Values and Christian Ethos
Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

School vision and mission statement
Through sharing the life-giving message of Jesus Christ, we are committed to delivering exciting and engaging learning opportunities to enable our children to develop a love of learning and achieve their best. We aim to provide an environment for learning where all are loved and valued, by themselves and each other and where all can live out our Christian values, at school, at home and in the community. We aim to help all recognise and appreciate their unique gifts and those of others so that they may let their light shine!

Let your light shine
Matthew 5:16

During the Sermon on the Mount, found in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus addresses a crowd and reveals eight blessings (known as The Beatitudes). He then goes on to talk to the crowd about salt and light. Jesus explains:

"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

As a Christian school family, we seek to follow the example of Jesus in all that we do. We believe that the Sermon on the Mount is a vital chapter in scripture, teaching us to let the light of Jesus shine through us. We take great encouragement from the words "you are the light of the world"; this reveals to us that Jesus, who himself tells us "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12), is within all of us. We are all God's children and are called to "give glory" to our Father in heaven through our "good works". This reminds us of the importance of our actions. Our actions allow us to let our light shine. Our actions allow us to share the light of Jesus with those around us.

The words "a city built on a hill cannot be hid" have particular relevance for us as our school. We want our school and church to be beacons that shine far and wide, lighting up our region with the light of Jesus.

By learning about Christian values, by listening to the teachings of Jesus, and by following the example of Jesus, we say to every member of our community: let your light shine!

Audlem School Core Values are below:

Hope
Hope" is commonly used to mean a wish : its strength is the strength of the person's desire. But in the Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.
Forgiveness
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Joy
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." The Good News: Hope and joy go hand in hand. "For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
Courage
"Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him." "But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded." "Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!"
Love
John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Peace
"For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility." "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." . "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.

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