At Canon Burrows CE, our 18 Christian values underpin everything we do. These values are taught explicitly throughout the children's time in school as well as through Collective Worship and reflection spaces in school. We also promote values intrinsically as opportunities arise: when a certain value is pertinent to an individual or group of children or is pertinent to local, national or global issues, for example a response of stewardship to a national disaster. Each of our values and their Biblical rooting are explained in more detail below and in our Values for Life document (at the bottom of the page).
The mural on our school corridor illustrates each of our values and was designed by children across school.
When children across school display their Christian values, they receive a 'value voucher'. Each week 'value vouchers' are selected at random to receive a celebratory reward.
Friday News also shows the Christian value we have shown across school each week. You can find this in the 'News' section of our website.
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 right and encouraging others to persevere. Through prayer people have found the strength to help them to be courageous.
'Be careful. Hold firmly to your faith. Have courage and be strong. Do everything in love.' 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Seen from a Christian perspective all of life is a ‘gift’, entrusted by a loving creator God to humankind for a purpose. This purpose is glimpsed as the creative spirit within each person learns to value and explore, celebrate and enjoy this world in all its mystery and diversity. With this gift comes a mutual responsibility to ensure the creation is not spoiled, but rather sustained and shared by all.
'God looked at everything he had made. And he saw that everything was very good.' Gensis 1:31
Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9). Peace-making actions can range from helping to resolve conflict to creating space for stillness. Peace, in the sense of total well-being, is God’s intention for the whole of creation, and is a promise that awaits ultimate fulfilment.
'I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don’t be troubled. Don’t be afraid.' John 14:27
Trust is the basis of all stable relationships, including a person’s relationship with God. It is rooted in truth, and will grow through consistent experiences of reliability and integrity. God’s commitment to humanity is seen in his willingness to trust ordinary people with the carrying out of his purposes through history.
'Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.' Proverbs 3:5
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.
'Don’t judge others, and God will not judge you. Don’t condemn others, and you will not be condemned. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.' Luke 6:37
The justice revealed in the Bible is always seen in the context of love. It includes the call to take responsibility for one another, especially the poor and oppressed, and to see that noone is excluded from the essentials of life.
'Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Help people who are in trouble. Stand up for what you know is right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor and those who need help.' Proverb 31:8-9
Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in many different ways in all aspects of their life. They know that their response to this provision should be one of thankfulness and praise.
'Always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Ephesians 5:20
Christians believe that their attitudes and actions must reflect the kindness, mercy and compassion of Jesus and the love of God for everyone.
'Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy.' Luke 6:36
Christians believe they can call God their friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus.
'Two people are better than one. When two people work together, they get more work done. If one person falls, the other person can reach out to help. But those who are alone when they fall have no one to help them. If two people sleep together, they will be warm. But a person sleeping alone will not be warm.' Ecclesiates 4:9-11
Christians see their hope in God’s promise “that love and goodness have, and will ultimately, overcome all evil”. This hope is manifested in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
'I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit.' Romans 15:13
Christians believe that truth is revealed in the Bible and supremely in the person and life of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way in which He means us to live.
'But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth.' John 16:13
Christians believe that Jesus was both servant and king. He demonstrated this through His life, death and resurrection. Jesus taught his disciples what it means to be truly humble. Christians believe that they can serve God by demonstrating humility through their attitudes and actions. This approach to life runs contrary to many role models presented to children in the media and popular culture.
'In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves.' Philippians 2:3
God’s generosity is best described as ‘grace’, love given freely without limit or conditions. This generosity, once experienced and acknowledged by an individual can in turn release a generous spirit towards others.
'Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.' Luke 6:38
The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, presents all people with a choice. Those whose response is one of respect are acknowledging God’s greatness, authority and involvement in the world. This will extend to respect for the created order, including humanity made in the image of God. Reverence takes this response a step further and will include aspects of worship such as awe and wonder, surrender and sacrifice.
'Let us be thankful, then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe;' Hebews 12:28
Christians believe that true wisdom comes from God. As a believer grows in faith so wisdom will increase. In the Bible wisdom is seen both as a gift from God and a characteristic of God. In his parables Jesus taught that placing trust in God and recognising what is of value in life brings fulfilment.
'The Lord is the source of wisdom; knowledge and understanding come from his mouth.' Proverb 2:6
Jesus frequently encouraged his disciples to “endure patiently” the difficulties and obstacles they encountered and to persevere in the face of adversity. He himself trusted in God even when his enemies tried to stop his word and plotted his death.
'Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved.' Matthew 24:13
Jesus exemplified in his person, ministry and relationship with God, what it was to be called the “servant king”. Christians believe that their calling is to follow Jesus’ example according to their gifts or abilities. They believe that through serving God in others, “perfect freedom” will ultimately be found.
'Do as I did: The Son of Man did not come for people to serve him. He came to serve others and to give his life to save many people.' Matthew 20:28
The Bible teaches that life is a gift from God and it is our responsibility to use our talents and abilities in the best way we can.
' You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.' Galatians 6:5