St. John’s will:
"Nurturing the potential in everyone"
Our School Values are:
Honesty, Respect, Empathy, Courage, Inclusivity
Be honest about our behaviour, words and actions. Truth and truthfulness matter very much to God. Jesus said of himself, "I AM... the Truth" (John 14.6). Great happiness comes from knowing we can trust one another. So, "let everyone speak the truth with his neighbour" (Ephesians 4.25).
Treat each other, and our property, with respect. Each person we meet has been individually made by God: this is why we should respect one another. If we respect one another, we will speak well of one another, both to their faces and when their back is turned. Unkind words and bullying behaviour have no place in a Christian school. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful in building others up according to their needs" (Ephesians 4.29). We will also respect other people's property, knowing that God has said, "don't take what isn't yours" (Exodus 20.15).
Be willing to put yourself in someone else's shoes and see things from their point of view. This is what God did on the first Christmas Day. "The Son of Man (Jesus) came, not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10.35). So we, too, "should look out, not only for (our) own interests, but for the interests of others" (Philippians 2.4).
Have courage in the way that we behave and take risks in learning. God's people in the bible are always being told to be brave. "Do not fear" is the commonest command in the bible: 366 times over, once for every day of the year, including a leap year! "Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you, wherever you go" (Joshua 1.9). And no one was ever more courageous than Jesus.
Understand that everyone is welcome at St. John’s and that we are all valued, whatever our needs are. In any society, anywhere, some people are 'in', and others are 'out'. In Jesus' time, several groups of people were definitely 'out': including women, children, and tax collectors. Jesus spoke to women, welcomed children, stopped to listen to blind people, and had meals with tax collectors - including Zacchaeus, in Luke 19, who was very small and very unpopular. Jesus wouldn't treat some people better than others, because he knew that God had made each one. It's wonderful to know that God chose to make you!