EXCELLENCE: excellence is exemplified in Jesus and the perfect love he has for us. We therefore strive to be like Jesus, with excellence in how we treat others and working to the best of our ability in all we do. The bible teaches us to work at anything we do with all of our heart (Colossians 3 v 23). This for us is also excellence. We want to provide the best possible education and start in life for the children of our community. We aim to encourage our children to strive for excellence themselves and enable them to be the best they can be. Excellent in their behaviour and the way they treat others, excellent academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
COMPASSION: the bible teaches us to clothe ourselves with compassion (Colossians 2 v 12). This runs through all we do. We aim for this to be championed by the way all members of our community treat each other. It is threaded through our behaviour policy and our 3 core rules and links explicitly with our 6 values. St Gabriel’s children treat others in the school and wider community with compassion and we believe this gives them the building blocks for now and later life to ensure a concern for all around them and in the wider world.
Our values link directly to our vision and help us to work for and achieve Excellence with Compassion in all we do.
Friendship is referenced throughout the bible. We can call Jesus ‘God, deliverer, teacher’ but we can also call him friend. By Jesus example and his teachings, he instructs us how to be good friends to one another. One of which is to show compassion to others. Friendship is one of our values and its importance is embedded everyday in how we encourage our children to be with each other and with others in the wider community.
John 15:12-14 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
1 Peter 4: 8-10 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …
Demonstrating compassion to others also calls us to be peaceful, to be peaceful towards one another in the playground, in the classroom and to champion peace in our wider community. We also encourage children to explore what it means to means to be peaceful, finding their own peace through providing the time and the space for this.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.
Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
1 Peter 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
Hebrews 12:14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
The bible teaches us that Jesus was sent not to be served but to serve. We follow this example of service, showing compassion to others, treating others as we would wish to be treated and in turn showing true friendship
1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to SERVE on another.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Matthew 20:26-28 But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Knowing what was to come, Jesus still chose to follow the will of God, choosing to endure, he endured pain and suffering on the cross.
We use Jesus example of determination, of not giving up, of endurance to help to build resilient children who do not give up when things get tough, when there is a challenge for them academically in the classroom or in any other situation now or in their future. Endurance in turn help us to achieve excellence, working at al we do with all of our heart.
Hebrews 12:1 Let us run the race with ENDURANCE the race that God has set before us.
Romans 5:3-4 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Justice links directly with excellence with compassion, ensuring equality and fairness for all regardless of religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or disability. We focus on fairness in school through how we treat each other in the classroom and in the playground, and also in how we can work towards justice and fairness in our wider community, for example collecting for charities and working for others who are not as fortunate as ourselves
Amos 5:24 “But let JUSTICE roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
Embedded in all we do, we encourage our children to make the right choices. This is continually reinforced in how we challenge the children academically (e.g. through children’s choice in greater depth activities), through making the right choices in behaviour and choosing to treat others with kindness and compassion.
James 3: 17-18 But the WISDOM that comes from above leads us to be pure, friendly, gently and sincere. When peacemakers plant seeds of peace, they will harvest justice.
Proverbs 3:13-18 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.