“Christian values“ can seem a nebulous term — what are those values supposed to be? What makes the nominated values specifically Christian, are they not universal values in some way? This is actually a question it can be difficult to answer because any culture such as ours which has absorbed centuries of Christian teaching can hold “Christian values” at its heart without actually realising how these values originated and making that link as to how they were embedded into the national psyche.
The image of the carefully crafted cartwheel symbolizes thinking about Christian Values to the life of a Layston School. Made of three distinct parts — each has an important part to play in the functioning of the whole and should one fail the wheel collapses:
At the centre of a wheel is the hub, the core which holds the whole together and on which everything depends — the wheel cannot be built without it. At Layston school this could be encapsulated as the two Great Commandments — love of God and love of neighbour.
From the hub comes the spokes – these are what could be called Christian values.
Agape-love; Koinonia-community; Thankfulness; Compassion; Peace Forgiveness; Justice; Service; Courage, Endurance & Self – sacrifice; Hope; Humility; Wisdom; Reverence; Trust; Friendship; Creation & Stewardship
Finally comes the rim — the part of the wheel which meets the road or the world. This is effectively what everyone sees of the school. At Layston School we try to live out these in our relationships with one an other and they underpin our curriculum and policy documents.
We explore one value each half term and this serves as our focus for Collective Worship and underpins our living, learning, loving life together as a school community. Christian values displays c an be found in all our communal areas and classroom s and serve as a visual reminder of our Christian ethos.