Values Education at St Mark's

Values Education Statement
At St Mark’s R.C. Primary School we give regular thought to how values can be used to support the child as a reflective learner and promote quality teaching and learning.
In our society children are increasingly encouraged through advertising to think of happiness as something which can be found simply in the material world. They are generally encouraged to experience life in a world which is external to their inner selves.

As a school community we believe that the ethos of the school should be built on a foundation of values.
The values we focus on are:
 Respect
 Peace
 Responsibility
 Tolerance
 Love
 Honesty
 Hope
 Unity
 Happiness
 Humility
 Simplicity
 Freedom
These are at times addressed directly through lessons, collective worship and assemblies but also permeate the whole curriculum. Either way, they are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the whole child. We encourage children to consider these values and thereby to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be stable, educated and civil adults.
The document below outlines how values are taught at St Mark's.

The Living Value for this half term is Love -


  • Everyone in this room is lovable and capable.
  • When I am full of love, anger runs away.
  • Love is the value that makes our relationships better.
  • When my words give flowers instead of thorns, I create a better world.
  • I can have love for myself, love for my family, love for others, love for my country, love for my goals, and love for the world all at the same time.
  • Love for others means I want what is good for them.
  • Love means I can be kind, caring, and understanding.
  • When we feel strong inside, it’s easy to be loving.
  • Love is caring, love is sharing.
  • Love is being a trustworthy friend.
  • "Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature." — Albert Einstein
  • "The real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them." — Tolstoy