Our Biblical Narrative
The story of ‘The Paralysed Man’ provides us with the basis of our school’s Christian values. The teaching of Jesus shows the whole school community how we can live out our school Bible verse, our vision and our values in all that we do each day in our work and our play.
Jesus Heals a Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)
One day when Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of the Law were sitting there who had come from every town in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was present for Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralysed man on a bed, and they tried to carry him into the house and put him in front of Jesus. Because of the crowd, however, they could find no way to take him in. So they carried him up on the roof, made an opening in the tiles, and let him down on his bed into the middle of the group in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the man, “Your sins are forgiven, my friend.”
The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who speaks such blasphemy? God is the only one who can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Why do you think such things? Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? I will prove to you, then, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “I tell you, get up, pick up your bed, and go home!”
At once the man got up in front of them all, took the bed he had been lying on, and went home, praising God. They were all completely amazed! Full of fear, they praised God, saying, “What marvellous things we have seen today!”
Forgiveness - By his friends bringing the man to Jesus, they hoped that he would be healed, and his sins forgiven. We develop each member of the school community to forgive others as they would want to be forgiven themselves. Our restorative approaches and classroom practices encourage this by talking through problems and providing a fresh start each lesson.
Aspirations - When the friends brought the man to Jesus, they had aspirations for his future, that being healed would improve his life chances and he would be able to reach his full potential. We want each member of our community to develop their skills and talents and to reach their full potential. We do this by providing a broad and balanced curriculum and enrichment activities that give the children opportunities to participate in activities that they may never had the experience of. This then may spark a new interest or skill. We want all members of our community to be successful both academically and personally.
Interdependence - The man's friends had to work tirelessly together to get him up on the roof. They collaborated well and demonstrated their interdependence in each other. The man had to dependent on his friends to get him to Jesus. We work together as a team, supporting and caring for one another. We rely on different members of our school community for support and assistance. The children are taught about interdependence through the curriculum - especially in sports. We have systems in place that support inclusiveness, making sure no-one is left out. We seek to build a sense of community & mutual support amongst staff through the use of Lesson Study, effective coaching and mentoring, performance management, work parties, collaborative observations and well-being staff meetings.
Trust - The man trusting his friends to lift him onto the roof and lower him down to Jesus, shows us that we should trust others to help us. We are a nurturing learning community which includes each member of our school community by thinking about their needs, feelings and aspirations. We recognise and celebrate the contribution each person makes. The whole school community places trust in children, teachers, staff, parents, governors and members of the school community to embrace the high expectations of our school.
Humility - Jesus completes many miracles and does not want others to be told of them. He is humble and does not show off his power. We encourage members of our community to do their best and if they succeed, to be humble in their victory whether it be a team effort on the sports field or a personal victory. We sum it up by using this quote 'Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less'. We encourage the children to think of others before themselves, and this can be seen on our charity work and pupil teams’ work such as the Eco Team collecting litter.