'Religious Education is the core of the curriculum in a Catholic school'
Pope St John Paul II
The values which guide and inspire us in our Christian lives are those given to us in the Gospels. They are our Gospel values.
The core Gospel values based on the Beatitudes may be summarized as follows:
- "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven"
Values: Faithfulness and Integrity
- "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted"
Values: Dignity and Compassion
- "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth"
Values: Humility and Gentleness
- "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied"
Values: Truth and Justice
- "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
Values: Forgiveness and Mercy
- "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God"
Values: Purity and Holiness
- "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God"
Values: Tolerance and Peace
- "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice for your reward is great in heaven; they persecuted the prophets before you in the very same way"
Values: Service and Sacrifice
Gospel values "...are a guarantee of peace and of collaboration among all citizens in the shared commitment to serving the common good."
At St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.
“We want every school to promote the basic British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.” Lord Nash
A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
The Rule of Law
Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
To do this our children will develop;
An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination
The St. Bernard's mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.