'A new commandment I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.'
|The Commandments Relating to God||The Commandments Relating to People|
|1. Do not worship any other gods||5. Honour your father and mother|
|2. Do not make an idol||6. Do not kill|
|3. Do not misuse the name of God||7. Do not commit adultery|
|4. Keep the Sabbath holy||8. Do not steal|
|9. Do not lie|
|10. Do not covet|
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
|"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."|
|LOVING ALL OUR NEIGHBOURS|
Moreover, Jesus also gave us his own commandment which is why Loving All Our Neighbours is central to the school's vision and identity:
'A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.'
To understand loving others in action, we uphold Christ's parable of the Good Samaritan:
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
While the school does not Evangelise or attempt to convert anyone to Christianity, we do invite everyone in the school - both pupils and adults - to share in daily assemblies which include a few moments of prayerfulness according to personal traditions and beliefs. English law states that there must be a daily act of worship for every child and we respond to this by inviting, during assemblies, everyone of faith to join in prayer in a manner according to their own traditions; those of no faith are encouraged to listen respectfully and reflect on how the theme of the prayerfulness attaches to their own values.
As a Church of England school, Christian stories - as well as those of other faiths and traditions - are commonly used to expand on our core values and give a rhythm to the school year. Each Year Group undertakes celebratory services attached to the Christian and academic calendars and these tend to be held at All Saints church:
It is hoped that all pupils attend such events at the church as it is being used chiefly as a venue rather than for any form of sacramental worship. It is only with express parental permission that children would ever be invited to participate in any act of Christian worship with sacramental or Eucharistic elements.
We also value, respect and study the traditions, stories and teachings of other religions and cultures, particularly, but not exclusively, in RE lessons and actively seek out and promote commonalities and mutual understanding. Visits to Christian and non-Christian sites are commonplace as part of us delivering a broad and balanced curriculum and it is anticipated that all pupils from across all traditions fully engage with such experiences as a means of building understanding and respect between communities - thereby loving all our neighbours.
What Do We Mean By Love?
In the 21st-century the term "love" has been loaded particularly with ideas of sexual passion and desire within adult relationships. To the Ancient Greeks, this was only one type of "love": eros - romantic and erotic love, which, alongside ludus - flirting playful affection - is not the kind of love that is our primary concern at All Saints (other than being touched upon very slightly in the Sex and Relationship Education aspect of our PSHE Curriculum). However, other types of love, as identified by the Ancient Greeks, are our foci and they help understand what we mean when we talk about loving all our neighbours:
British Values At All Saints
Our children come from diverse backgrounds, many from faiths other than Christianity or no faith. The school community celebrates this diversity, keeping to our vision of loving all our neighbours, by maintaining our distinctive Christian nature while actively seeking out commonalities across the school community. Children speak positively about this and value the similarities and differences of our diversity; diversity which gives the school community its strength.
British values underpin our work in school and we continually promote these values through our vision, curriculum, teaching and learning strategies. We teach pupils to respect the laws of our country, the rules of our school and that, in wider society, we all have a part to play and should be respected, irrespective of whoever or whatever we are as individuals. We actively promote and model respect of different faiths and beliefs. Democracy, free speech and personal liberty are at the heart of our school life.
Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with Department for Education expectations, we aim to actively promote British values at All Saints to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds with mutual respect and acceptance, to understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its laws.
Our Key British Values are:
• rule of law;
• individual liberty;
• mutual respect;
• acceptance and support for those of different faiths and beliefs