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St James Hatcham Mission Statement

At St James Hatcham CE School we are committed to creating a happy, caring and enriching learning environment, underpinned by Christian values, most notably – joy, peace, hope and love. We celebrate children’s achievement and spiritual development; encouraging acts of kindness and consideration, mutual respect and forgiveness.

We aim to cultivate curious, independent thinking in response to the wonders of existence so as to provide a sound foundation for each and every child to realise their potential and enjoy fullness of life, both here at school and in their futures.am Mission Statement

St James Hatcham Values

Meanwhile these three remain; faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

We have four Christian values which we try to live out in our everyday lives: Love, Peace, Hope and Joy. We believe that the most important thing is to show love for one another.

Hope is working with god, Love is what we do, Joy is how we live and Peace is what we bring.

These are displayed around the school and incorporated into our school assembly themes and during the school day. For example, we may ask children whether the behaviour they have shown has brought joy to another child.

 

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In addition to our school values, we are involved in the values-based financial education programme for primary schools, Lifesavers. These explore four core values of generosity, wisdom, thankfulness and justice:

Generosity

Generosity is the desire to share what we have with others – our time and talents, as well as our money and possessions.

Principle Christian belief
Generosity is a way to show that we are thankful for all the good things that we have. For Christians, generosity is a response to all that God has done for us, above all for his sacrifice on the cross.
Being generous makes us better people as well as benefiting others. Christians believe that we honour God when we are generous to others.
It is good to plan what we give to others, rather than giving what is left over once we have looked after our own needs and wants. For Christians, tithing or planned giving is an offering to God and a recognition that all we have ultimately belongs to Him.
True generosity comes from a desire to help others, not to impress them or win their praise. Christians believe that giving quietly and without showing off is pleasing to God.
True generosity is when we give because we want to, not just because we feel we ought to. Christians are encouraged to give cheerfully, not grudgingly.

 

Wisdom

Wisdom is a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions, and an awareness of the true value of things.

Principle Christian belief
Contentment is not found in accumulating more money and possessions Christians are warned that greed makes us forget about God and blinds us to other people’s needs.
Foolishness – the opposite of wisdom – is putting our trust in the wrong things, like wealth and fame. Christians believe that our needs are only truly satisfied through relationship a with God.
A wise person knows that the really important things in life, like family and friends, cannot be bought with money. Christians are encouraged to value what is eternal, as opposed to things that are here today and gone tomorrow.
Wise people make the most of what they have – their unique talents and abilities, as well as money and possessions. Christians are encouraged to use their money and talents in service of God and one another.
Wise people prepare for the future and for the unexpected by, for example, saving and investing their money wisely. Christians are encouraged to use their money wisely, so that they can help others as well as look after themselves.

 

Thankfulness

Thankfulness is an attitude of heart, acknowledging and enjoying all the good things that we have been given.

Principle Christian belief
Giving to others is a practical way to show that we are thankful for what we have. For Christians, the giving of money and time is a practical expression of thanksgiving to God.
It is better to count our blessings than moan or worry about our difficulties. Christians are encouraged to be thankful in all circumstances, though not for all circumstances.
It is important to say ‘thank you’ when someone is kind or generous to us. Christians are encouraged to thank others and to thank God through prayer, worship and action.
Envy – or wanting what others have – makes us unhappy and stops us being thankful for what we do have. ‘Do not envy’ or ‘covet’ is one of the ten commandments that Christians seek to follow.
Enjoying the beauty of the world around us is good reason to be thankful and to care for our environment. Seeing the world as a gift from God helps Christians to be thankful and encourages us to care for the environment.

 

Justice

Justice is ensuring that all people, especially the poor and oppressed, receive what is fair and right – life, freedom, dignity and a decent standard of living for the society in which they live.

Principle Christian belief
Justice includes being fair and honest in our dealings with money. Christians believe that God is hurt when we deliberately mislead or exploit others.
Justice is about sharing what we have more fairly, both individually and collectively. Christians believe that God is unhappy when some people have very little, while others have more than enough.
Justice means treating everyone with respect and dignity, regardless of how rich, clever or good-looking they are. Christians believe it is wrong to show favouritism, because all people are equally loved and valued by God.
Justice means having a particular concern for those who are poor or disadvantaged. Christians believe that, whenever we help someone who is poor, homeless or sick, it is as if we are helping Jesus.
Justice includes making sure that people are paid a fair price for their work, so they can support themselves and their families. Christians are encouraged to challenge economic injustice and consider how their financial choices have an impact on others.

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