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Gospel Values
This month we are focusing on the value of „RESPECT‟. Respect is at the core of everything we do in school. It underpins learning through behaviour and our attitudes to the people and the world around us. At St Mark's we take great pride in showing good manners and it is always a great pleasure for me to be greeted at the gate in the morning by children who making eye contact and offer a cheery “Good Morning”. Manners are how we show respect to each other.

If you want to be respected by others, the key thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.

During our assemblies we will discuss the need for self-respect and we have listed below some of the key points.

Respecting yourself means keeping company with those who respect you — and themselves. Negative people (even those who are not negative directly to you) are draining and they spark negative thought patterns within you. You've heard the old saying: you are a combination of the people you spend the most time with. Respect yourself enough to make sure those people are positive influences.

The more you believe in yourself, the easier it will be to treat yourself with love and respect. Confidence isn't always easy to come by - you have to work at it. Do things that you're good at. Accept compliments and make note of when others are proud of you. The more you do things that build up your confidence (and avoid those that tear it down), the more confident you'll feel.

Honesty is the ultimate sign of respect. When you're honest with yourself, you'll see what is good for you and what is not. You'll be less likely to compromise on what matters most to you. Being honest with yourself is actually pretty hard, so really pay attention to how you feel and what you think. And practice the art of being honest with others. Even when it's hard, the truth is always the way to go.

Making yourself feel good physically is one of the ultimate ways to respect yourself. Treat your body as you would the body of someone you love dearly. Healthy food, exercise, low stress. Respecting your body is an essential aspect of self-respect.

Just as you need to respect your body, you also need to respect your mind. Challenge yourself with new experiences and information. Step out of the thinking you're comfortable with and try to find new perspectives. Find resources for information and inspiration — books, websites, people — and soak up all you can. The more you know, the more you can grow. And all that growth will empower you, making it much easier to respect yourself.

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