At St Lawrence we see Respect as a key value for life. We see evidence of it between pupils, between staff and between pupils and staff. It is a value chosen by us at St Lawrence because it is far-reaching across faiths, peoples, nations as well as being very individual. We expect respect to be embedded in our school as God created all people; creating them differently as unique individuals. They are all God’s creations and it is God’s will for us to show respect to everyone.
What makes respect a distinctively Christian value? Respect is a core Christian value for our church school because we believe that all life is precious, within the image of God, and deserves to be valued. Within the school we encourage all, “to treat others as you would want them to treat you.” (Matthew 7:12)
We see respect shown in the Christian narrative in many ways: Jesus broke down social, cultural and religious barriers. For example, He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well when she served Him a drink, which overcame prejudice. (John 4: 7-10) In the story of Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus, we see not only Jesus compassion but his respect for the man. A powerful example of how God expects us to treat everyone around us, whether or not we can see their value. Jesus sees it and God sees it. Jesus is no longer on earth to walk up to the modern day Bartimaeus – it is now up to us to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to see in them as God sees.
At St Lawrence we develop our value of respect through: modelling it to one another; being polite; encouraging with kind words; listening to others even if they have a different viewpoint to us; developing our mutual respect with our friends from our school in Rwanda which we are twinned with through the Winchester Diocese. Our Christian value of Respect means living up to the image of God within ourselves, our school and in our community.
“Treat others as you would want them to treat you.” (Matthew 7:12)