Christian ethos and values

Orchards C of E Academy strives to inspire and challenge children to be their best.

We do this through our key values, rooted in Theology. These values are:

  • Respect
  • Perseverance
  • Responsibility
  • Ambition

 Respect

Jesus told his followers the story of the Good Samaritan.

 "There once was a Jewish man walking along a road.  He was coming from Jerusalem and was heading to Jericho, which was a full day or two of walking.

 The road was rocky and there were small hills all around.  The man was just humming to himself and enjoying the nice day when suddenly a group of men jumped out from behind a hill.  They took all his belongings and tore off most of his clothes.  They didn't want him to follow them so they beat him up very badly, and left him lying and bleeding on the side of the road.”

 He explained to his followers that, although a priest and a Levite crossed to the other side of the road and refused to help the man, a Samaritan – a traditional enemy of the Jewish people – stopped to heal the man’s wounds, took him to a safe space and gave him money.

 After Jesus finished the story, he asked, "Which of the three men do you think was a neighbour to the man who was left beaten on the side of the road?"

 The man who asked him the question at the beginning replied, "The one who respected the man helped him."

Jesus told him, "Go and do the same."

Responsibility

 The Christian concept of responsibility is demonstrated clearly in the story of Noah’s Ark. Noah takes the responsibility himself of building a  huge craft which he could then use to save two of all God’s creatures from the flood.

 There came a time when there was only one good man in all the world, and his name was Noah. Everybody else was bad. God wanted to start over fresh. So He told Noah to build an ark. And Noah did.

 God told Noah to fill the animals—two of every kind. And Noah did. Noah and his wife went aboard too.

 Then God made the rain come down. It rained and rained, until there was a great flood that covered the world. Only those who were in the ark were safe and dry. Everybody else was drowned.

Then God made the sun shine and dry up the rain. Everyone in the ark came out. Noah said: “Look! God has sent us a sign in the sky. It means that He will never flood the world again.” The sign in the sky was the very first rainbow.

Perseverance

During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told a story about two men: one who built his house upon a rock and another who built his house upon sand. The house built upon a rock weathered the storm, whereas the house built on the sand collapsed during the storm

The meaning of this parable is that we shouldn’t always take the easy way out, and that we need to persevere if we want to achieve a goal.

But Jesus’ sermon was not concerned with house construction or building code violations. The spiritual meaning of the parable is found in Matthew 7:24: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” We are each building a life. The proper foundation for a life is Jesus’ words—not just the hearing of them, but the perseverance and hard work which comes with the following of them, too.

Ambition

The Bible story of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47) details the moment when a small group of frightened believers were transformed into a missionary movement with an ambition of taking its message around the world.

The Bible tells us that God's Holy Spirit suddenly filled the believers when they were praying, enabling them to speak in many languages, so they could immediately spread their exciting message among a multinational crowd of pilgrims. This 'coming of the Holy Spirit' during the Jewish festival of Shavuot (in Greek, 'Pentecost') can be thought of as the global Christian Church's birthday, which makes it a significant festival.

This 'speaking in many tongues' is a direct reflection of an earlier (mythical?) story about the arrival of different languages among people, as told in the story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) when the Lord God afflicts the human race with a variety of languages to stop them getting too ambitious. (In Hebrew, the word 'Babel' means 'confused' and is associated with the name of the ancient city of Babylon. In English, the word 'babble' comes from the same story.)

All of God’s people were drawn together as they learned to listen to and understand one another.

Inspired by these stories from the Bible, it is our vision that Orchards Church of England Academy will:

  • Work towards a balance, for every child, between challenge and support.
  • Develop the all-important sense of enjoyment and wellbeing that is at the heart of good learning.
  • Invest time listening and considering what our pupils and their parents say since even the youngest members of our community should have a say in determining their school’s future.
  • Expect our pupils’ best efforts, perseverance and unlimited enthusiasm to learn new skills and knowledge. 

 
By the time a child leaves Orchards they will have had the opportunity to:

  • Become a valued and respected member of a community where they are loved and cared for;
  • Have access to solid foundations of learning in reading, writing and maths and develop a sense of perseverance, and an ability to ‘weather the storm’;
  • Have the ambition to be the best that they can be, making the most of their God given talents;
  • Celebrate success and know what it feels like to be respected and celebrated.