Our Christian Values
At St Oswald’s, Christian values are central to the ethos of our school. We have identified six core values that help us to live out our vision and should influence all relationships and actions and permeate our curriculum:
We should respect ourselves and treat others with consideration and understanding: respect another person’s point of view; respect the property of others;treat others fairly and show respect for the world in which we live.
Bible story: Solomon & the Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 3, 4, 10)
Compassion is more than feeling sorry for someone: it leads to a desire to act, to do something. Compassion requires an act of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others.
Bible story: The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:20)
Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys and
sorrows are all features of friendship and these are things of immense value. True
friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised.
Bible story: David and Jonathan (Samuel 18)
We should serve those in need whoever they are, and this service is not offered to gain some advantage for ourselves. ‘Going the extra mile’ involves sacrifice, putting ourselves out for someone else’s benefit.
Bible story: The parable of the Good Samaritan(Luke 10)
Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust requires
vulnerability, putting yourself in others’ hands, and it is to be valued and honoured. When we trust in the abilities and integrity of others, everyone can be enriched.
Bible story: Jesus calms the storm (Matthew 8:23-27)
Justice means giving all people – particularly the poor and oppressed – what it is right and fair for them to have: life, health, freedom and dignity. It is about acting out of a concern for what is right and seeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and are least able to protect themselves.
Bible story: The Parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20.1-16)