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Our School Values

Our children, parents, teachers and other members of our community have helped us select our 6 values for the academic year 2017-18. We consulted everyone in our community in our Values Vote in 2014 and continue to seek parental views.


The Values we will be exploring deeply for 2017- 2018 are Kindness, Respect, Honesty, Friendship, Compassion and Love.


Each week at school, teachers are on the look out for children demonstrating the focus value. In our Celebration Worship on Friday, these children will be awarded a special leaf to recognise the part they have played in upholding our value. These leaves are displayed beside the altar on the values tree.   


The Values we have explored previously are part of everyday life in St Matthias and we expect everyone in our community to practise using them both in school and at home.  


Previous Values Explored

2015-2016:  Compassion, Tolerance, Kindness, Trust, Love and Forgiveness.

2014-2015: Responsibility, Courage, Respect, Friendship, Honesty and Perseverance



Summer 2 2018 Friendship

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Summer 1 2018 Honesty

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Spring 2 2018 Love

Spring 2 2018  Love 1

Spring 1 2018 Compassion

Spring 1   2018  Compassion 1

Autumn 2 2017 Respect

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Autumn 2 2017  Respect 2

Autumn 1 2018 Kindness

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Autumn 1  2018  Kindness 2
Summer 2 2017                   smileyFRIENDSHIPsmiley        
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How we care for one another is important. At St. Matthias we expect everyone to be kind and considerate of one another and we encourage others to achieve of their best. We help each other out and try to be good friends to those around us.

Summer 1 2017               smileyPERSEVERANCEsmiley
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This Value is a special one that our children voted to revisit as having particular relevance to them. It is all about doing our best and trying hard - even when things are difficult. This is most important in our work and in our friendships with each other.

To explore this value fully, we will be looking at;

1. The strategies that can help us keep on trying and not give up

2. The importance of always doing our best to stick at a task

3. Seeing a job through to the end; exhibiting endurance

4. How to stop ourselves from being distracted from our work, from our ambitions and from what we are trying to achieve

As usual, teachers will be on the look out each week for children who are demonstrating this value and we will let you know who these children are in our weekly newsletters. Alternatively, if you notice your child trying really hard at home to achieve something special, please let us know!


SPRING 2  2017                     smiley JUSTICE smiley
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We will be thinking about the following key themes within our Value;

Personal Justice - 'playing fair' with others; respecting others' rights; acting responsibly and fairly with the people we meet each day

Social Justice - speaking up on behalf of others in the community; recognising that others are fellow human beings with the same rights as ourselves; making sure all voices are heard impartially; working for a fairer society

Global Justice - honouring human rights for all people; campaigning for a fairer world; challenging unfair systems speaking up for the poor


How just are you? Try answering the following questions:-

1. Do I always act fairly?

2. Am I fair to other people?

3. What unfair things make me cross?

4. How can I help to make our school / community / world a fairer place?


SPRING 1   2017                   smileyGENEROSITYsmiley

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Generosity is all about giving and sharing freely without thought of reward and without strings attached - just for the joy of giving and making someone else feel good.

Our challenge this term is to see if we can put this value into action - sharing our time and talents with those around us.

We know that, "God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7) Can we be that person? Let's do our best to ensure our generous acts have a ripple effect this term; making our school a kinder, happier place.


AUTUMN 1   2016                   smileyTHANKFULNESSsmiley
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‘Count your blessings’ is an old saying, but it reminds us to be thankful and not take things for granted. This term we will be talking to the children about;


  • Remembering to let other people know when we are thankful
  • Not taking things for granted
  • Practical ways of showing our gratitude
  • How it feels when someone says thank you to us!


Teachers are  on the look out for children who are  really trying hard to be show their gratitude and be polite to others.


SUMMER 2                        smileyKINDNESSsmiley
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Can you think of an occasion when some acted kindly towards you? How did you feel? How can we be kind to others? This month we are all aiming to be especially kind to each other, our teachers—and every member of our family at home. How can we do this? By listening to each other, speaking to each other with respect, not disturbing our class mates during learning times, being helpful around the class and at home, considering each others’ feelings. CAN WE DO THIS? - YES WE CAN!


SUMMER 1 2016                 smileyFORGIVENESSsmiley
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Are we good at saying sorry when we know we have upset someone or acted meanly? How do we react when someone upsets us or we have a disagreement? Do we hold on to our frustration and anger and act in a mean way? Our value this term is all about finding the best way forward, learning to forgive, to say sorry and to move on

SPRING 2  2016                  smiley LOVE smiley
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The Bible tells us that, “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) and to, “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31).  What does this mean? It is not about romantic love – or even the kind of love we might feel for our friends and family. Rather, the bible is asking us to treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves, to put others first, whether they deserve it or not – even people who we don’t like or don’t like us.

We will look at how this value can help us all at St. Matthias. I am certain that once we all start helping each other freely, without expectation of reward, and working together as part of a strong and supportive unit, we will find we can all achieve more – socially, emotionally and academically.


SPRING 1 2016               smiley TOLERANCE smiley            
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Are we kind and thoughtful towards  others—even those who have different beliefs, different backgrounds, different cultures, different ideas from ourselves?

We know how important it is that we accept others for who they are—even if we don’t agree with them. 

AUTUMN 2 2015               smiley COMPASSION smiley
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How often do we stop what we are doing to go and help someone else? Jesus told us the story of the good Samaritan who stopped his journey to help someone in need - even when this person was not his special friend. Let's see if we can put themselves into someone else’s shoes and show kindness to everyone we meet at home and at school. 


AUTUMN 1    2015                   smiley TRUST smiley
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Trust lies at the heart of all our relationships. It must be earned - if we do not trust someone it is very hard to build a lasting friendship with them. 

This half term we will be looking at;

  • practical ways we can show others that we are trustworthy
  • people we can trust
  • how to know when someone is trustworthy
  • why it is important to trust others when working together as a team
SUMMER 2    2015                    smiley RESPECT smiley
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There are many aspects of RESPECT for us to consider;


RESPECT for one another

RESPECT for our belongings

RESPECT for our environment

RESPECT for our families

RESPECT  when playing team games


Have I missed any out?

SUMMER 1     2015                 smiley FRIENDSHIP smiley
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What are the main ingredients we would need to make a good friend? Click on the link below and see if you agree!
SPRING 2    2015           smiley HONESTY smiley
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Being honest to ourselves and to other people is important. It is often easier to exaggerate, pretend and put on a false front in order to be liked and respected. However, if we build our life on a lie, the truth often comes out in the end - and the fall-out can be horrid. 


Let's all start out to make sure that we say only what we sincerely believe. This will take courage in some instances. However, there are many benefits to being honest;


no People will trust us more - they will know we meant what we said

noPeople will respect us more - we respect those we KNOW we can trust

noWe can be more confident in social situations as we only have to keep track of one version of reality

noWe get to know ourselves better


SPRING 1  2015         smiley RESPONSIBILITY smiley
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This is our chance to remind ourselves of all the responsibilities we hold. For example;


Our behaviour:               Are we polite and respectful?

Our belongings:              Do we look after our clothes, bags, toys?

Our relationships with others:          Are we kind and thoughtful to our friends?

Our words and actions:   Are we polite? Do we say please and thank you? Are we kind?

Our bedrooms:                Do we keep them tidy?

Our learning:                   Are we trying our best at school?

Our homework:                Do we do it and hand it in when asked?

Our spellings and times tables:         Do we practice these at home and try our best to learn them?

Our reading:                     Do we try to read at least five times every week?



AUTUMN 2 2014                              smiley COURAGE smiley
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Courage is being able to stand up for what you believe in. It's about overcoming our fears and facing all our problems without letting them get the better of us.


Courage can be about physical courage - getting up and carrying on after a fall, swimming to side of the pool even when our legs are beginning to ache and having the courage to attempt difficult challenges.


It could also be about moral courage - making the right decisions, telling the truth, and standing up for someone in trouble.


Courage is needed in the following situations;


  1. Courage to own up when you are in the wrong
  2. Courage to say 'no' when everyone else is pressing you to do something you do not want to do
  3. Courage to stick at a task even when it is taking time and is beginning to  get difficult
  4. Courage to be first to volunteer or stand up and be counted
  5. Courage to admit you don't know or understand something
  6. Courage to stand by your beliefs despite mockery or being in a minority
  7. Courage to take part in something, to give it a go, although you are fearful and unsure of yourself
AUTUMN 1   2014                          smiley PERSEVERANCE smiley
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Perseverance is all about doing our best and trying hard - even when things are difficult. This is most important in our work and in our friendships with each other. 


To explore this value fully, we need to look at;

1. The strategies that can help us keep on trying and not give up

2. The importance of always doing our best to stick at a task

3. Seeing a job through to the end; exhibiting endurance

4. How to stop ourselves from being distracted from our work,  from our ambitions and from what we are trying to achieve

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Our Value for this half term is Friendship.