Our School Values

At Holly Park we aim to be a Values Based School

Logo smallA Value is a principle that guides our thinking and our behaviour.

At Holly Park, every individual is valued for who they are and what they contribute to the school. Values are intended to support the personal, social and spiritual development of every pupil throughout the school.

The whole staff team, parents and pupils are involved in promoting values and recognising where others are ‘living the values’. The values developed have been selected after consultation with pupils, staff, governors and parents as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.

Values

A survey of children, parents, staff and governors identified which values are important to our Holly Park community and we have introduced the 22 Holly Park Values which are discussed each month.

Aim of Values Education

Through the Values we aim to:

  • Improve behaviour, conduct and self confidence by developing strong values within the pupils at the school.
  • Develop pupils understanding of what values are and why they are important in life.
  • Encourage children to ‘live the values’ in all aspects of their lives both in school and out.
  • Promote values to pupils in every aspect of school life.
  • Promote values in the way in which adults interact with each other and with pupils
  • Display our school values and encourage all visitors to take account of them in their time in the school.
  • Encourage parents to support the programme at home by promoting the ‘value of the month’ to parents in newsletters and in the entrance foyer.
  • Enable children to focus upon the positive aspects of themselves that they can value, thereby reminding them of their individual worth, their worth in the school and wider communities and the worth of those communities themselves.
  • To raise standards by promoting a school ethos that is underpinned by core values which support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere
  • To link our school values with the British Values and also the Olympic Values

At Holly Park, we recognise that during recent years a great deal of national and local effort has been rightly directed towards school improvement and curriculum development.

However we also believe that Values Education has a crucial role in education, because it plays a part in raising achievement and it encourages pupils to be emotionally intelligent, articulate learners. Values supports quality teaching and learning, whilst making a positive contribution to the development of a fair, just and civil society.

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Timetable

Respect Fairness
Friendship Acceptance
Equality Loyalty
Generosity Kindness & Compassion
Hope Integrity
Love Empathy
Honesty Responsibility
Excellence Patience
Determination Co-operation
Courage Trust
Politeness Commitment

These values are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the child. We encourage pupils to consider these values, thereby developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be stable, educated and emotionally intelligent civilised adults.

Value – Kindness

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Kindness means that you treat everyone the best that you can. No matter who they are or how you feel about them you treat them with fairness and respect. We might think of nice things to do and say all day but when we act, that is kindness. It is good to do random acts of kindness especially in these times of lockdown. We asked the children to do six acts of kindness and record them on a kindness tree. There were so many, here are just some of them. The children commented on lots of kind things including: I helped my mum fold clothes, I smiled at my friend, I told my mum and dad I loved them, I helped mum & dad with the washing up, I called a friend, I made my bed, I gave my mum space to work.

Value of the Month – Acceptance

In an assembly this week we looked at ‘Acceptance’ as a value. This fits well with the assemblies the week before on Black Lives Matter and also Equality & Diversity.  The assembly this week looked at accepting and celebrating diversity. We looked at a bag of Liquorice Allsorts and considered how we are all different and how we all have different tastes. We looked at 3 different eggs – a white one, a cream one and a brown one. We cracked them open and saw that they were all the same on the inside. Just like humans – we might look different on the outside but on the inside we all have feelings, fears, hopes and dreams. Some people are fearful of difference and diversity but we all need to realise as we do at Holly Park that difference and diversity are to be celebrated. After the assembly, Stella and Ollie recorded this video of an amazing short story called ‘Wonder’ Do watch the video they did with your children.

The PSHE task was to think of a box of crayons – ‘We are a box of crayons, each of us unique, but when we get together the picture is complete.’ The children had to draw a picture of their face in the centre of the crayon template and colour the rest of the crayon in.  Each one is unique but displayed here they are a collection of crayons that make a perfect picture!

Value of the Month – Hope

The value for the start of 2020 is ‘hope.’ This value is more than just wishing for things to be different, it is about believing that things either in our own personal world or the wider world can be better and being prepared to do something. At this time of year individuals and families often make New Year resolutions. As a family you might talk about your hopes and dreams for the future and what you can do to make them happen. Albert Einstein said ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.’ In our assemblies we will be looking at what hope is, hopes related to our Rights and hopes for world peace.

Value of the Month – Generosity

The Value for December is ‘Generosity.’ At Holly Park I think we demonstrate generosity to our children in many ways. The Holly Park families have shown lots of generosity donating to Harvest assembly, PTA fair donations (both time and gifts) and our national charity – Young Minds. We are very lucky that the PTA reps and committee give very generously of their time for the benefit of the children. Holly Park governors also give very generously of their time in a voluntary role for the benefit of the children. Not only do they attend meetings, but they make many visits into school and support the strategic vision of the school. Holly Park staff also go above and beyond their job descriptions as teachers by running clubs, attending sporting events and music events, staying for evening concerts, doing sleepovers and school residential trips etc. It is very important that the adults in the school community model what generosity is.

Value of The Month – Equality

We want our children to have an understanding of and respect for the rights, equality and diversity of all without discrimination. We believe it is important to equip children with the skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to develop mutual understanding and respect, empathy, trust and honesty and acceptance. We want our children to become confident, fair and responsible individuals who make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The theme of Equality also links with Diversity. At Holly Park we are a very diverse school. It is that diversity that makes Holly Park an interesting place to come to each day. Equality also follows on from last month when we participated in’ Black History Month’

Value of the Month – Respect

We start the year and the month of September focussing on the value of ‘Respect’. This value is at the core of everything we do in school. It underpins learning through behaviour and one’s attitude to the people and the world around them. We want our whole school community to respect each other. One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect. The best way to teach respect is to show respect. When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is.

Value of the Month – Trust

Trust is a really important value. It must be earned. If we do not trust someone it is very hard to build a good friendship with them. Talk to your children about:
• people who you know that are trustworthy
• practical ways that we can show others that we are trustworthy
• why it is important to be able to trust others when working together as a team
Trust is a particularly good value for our Y6 children to work on as they move on to secondary school and mature into teenagers.

Value of the Month – Responsibility

Our value for March is responsibility. This means the obligation to behave well, having a duty to fulfil. In school this may be shown as: making good decisions about our own behaviour, taking responsibility for our learning, being independent, bringing the correct equipment and PE kit to school, handing homework in on time, caring for others. Responsibility also includes thinking about being a good citizen and caring for our environment. Talk to your children about responsibility.

Value of the Month – Empathy

The value of the month is ‘Empathy.’  Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. It is the ability to understand another person’s perspective or circumstance whether you agree with this person or not. Empathy is a useful skill to develop in children.

Value of the Month – Integrity

This month our value is ‘Integrity.’ The fundamentals of integrity are: Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Trustworthiness and Honesty. A child can demonstrate integrity when they uphold honesty and differentiate between what is right and wrong. Integrity means following your moral convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching. A person with integrity is truthful, honest, caring and genuine, dependable and worthy of trust and respect.

What does integrity look like?

  • Integrity keeps commitments.
  • Integrity tells the truth.
  • Integrity takes a stand for what’s right – even when it’s not popular.
  • Integrity has a strong sense of self.
  • Integrity respects others, their beliefs and their skills.
  • Integrity has inner strength.
  • Integrity has strong morals.
  • Integrity lends a helping hand.
  • Integrity has self control.

Value For The Month – Loyalty

Loyalty is about belonging. Loyalty for our pupils is about belonging to a football team, Holly Park, family, friends etc. Loyalty is a strong feeling of support or allegiance, faithfulness, trust, commitment etc. This is very pertinent as we approach the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1 – how the soldiers in WW1 and WW2 were very loyal to their country and fought for it. Over the month of November, the children will talk more about loyalty.

Our Value of The Month – Courage

Being courageous can mean different things to different people. For example, one person may find it easy to speak in front of a large audience, whilst another would need to find lots of courage to do this. Everyone faces challenges from time to time, and we have to find courage to overcome them. Talk with your child about the different challenges each family member might face. Talk about who or what helps us to find courage. Share with your child someone you admire because of the courage that they have shown.

You might like to research about the courage of Harriet Tubman with your child or discuss this quote from Nelson Mandela ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to overcome that fear.’

Value of the Month – Determination

Determination means – not giving up when things get difficult. Determination is being able to do or achieve something. It is about making your mind up about something and driving on to achieve a goal.

You can show determination by:

  • Never giving up
  • Setting goals and working towards them
  • Asking for help
  • Not being afraid to make a mistake
  • Being prepared to struggle on when things go wrong
  •  Being prepared to make mistakes and persevere to get things right and learn from the mistake.

I hope that our Year 6 children will show lots of determination next week during their national test week.

Value of the Month – Honesty

You might like to think about some of these sentiments or quotes with your children at home. – Honest people: tell the truth despite consequences, voice their opinions in a kind, thoughtful way.

Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honour, I lose myself.” William Shakespeare.

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.” John Ruskin.

To be honest with others, you must first be honest with yourself.’ Anon.

Value of the Month – Love

This month our value is Love. Holly Park children love learning! The Holly Park staff create engaging and creative learning opportunities which encourage your children to be excited about their learning. 

‘Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.’ Oscar Wilde.

At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love.’ Martin Luther King

Value of the Month – Hope

The value for the start of 2018 is ‘hope.’ This value is more than just wishing for things to be different, it is about believing that things either in our own personal world or the wider world can be better and being prepared to do something. At this time of year individuals and families often make New Year resolutions. As a family you might talk about your hopes and dreams for the future and what you can do to make them happen. Albert Einstein said ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.’ In our assemblies we will be looking at what hope is, hopes related to our Rights and hopes for world peace.

Value of the Month – Generosity

The Value for December is ‘Generosity.’ In assembly we spoke to the children about what it means and about the different types of generosity. We talked about being generous with our actions, our words, our time, with money and about generosity of spirit.

We talked about the festive period not being just about receiving but about giving too.

At Holly Park I think we demonstrate generosity to our children in many ways. The Holly Park families have shown lots of generosity this term with Harvest and charity donations.

Holly Park governors also give very generously of their time in a voluntary role for the benefit of the children. Holly Park staff also go above and beyond their job descriptions as teachers by running clubs, attending sporting events and music events, staying for evening concerts, doing sleepovers and school residential trips etc. It is very important that the adults in the school community model what generosity is.​

Value of the Month – Equality

We want our children to have an understanding of and respect for the rights, equality and diversity of all without discrimination. We believe it is important to equip children with the skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to develop mutual understanding and respect, empathy, trust and honesty and acceptance. We want our children to become confident, fair and responsible individuals who make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The theme of Equality also links with Diversity. At Holly Park we are a very diverse school. It is that diversity that makes Holly Park an interesting place to come to each day. Equality also follows on from last month when we participated in’ Black History Month’ Later in November we will participate as normal in Anti- Bullying Week and this also links with Equality particularly as the theme is ‘All different, all equal.’  During November we will be talking to the children about bullying and cyber bullying. Although we have very few incidents of actual bullying it is important for all the children to be aware of what bullying is and how to deal with it. No child deserves to be bullied – it is unacceptable behaviour.

Value of the Month – Friendship

Our Value for October is ‘Friendship.’ This value is explored constantly in all areas of school life. Children (and adults) are at their happiest and most confident when amongst friends. Unhappy times at school are usually as a result of children having minor ‘fall outs’ or disagreements with each other. Staff are sensitive in dealing with these issues and children are very clear about what makes a good friend.

Friendship can mean different things to different people and we look forward to learning from each other during the month of October.  We will be reflecting on and valuing the friendships we already have. We will also talk about making new friends. Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Some are older, some are younger, some are always there, some we only see occasionally. What makes a good friend? How do we choose our friends? Are we a good friend to others? Questions we can all ask ourselves – whatever our age! For me, Holly Park is a great place for friendship and I hope that all of the staff, parents and children will find friendship here. Friendship plays a very important part in our lives.

Value of The Month – Commitment

CommitmentBy commitment we mean that everyone:

  • shows loyalty to friends, colleagues and the school
  • is willing to support and show care for those who need help
  • is willing to work to the highest level
  • keeps the school rules

Value of the Month – Trust

TrustTrust is a really important value. It must be earned. If we do not trust someone it is very hard to build a good friendship with them.

Talk to your children about:

  • people who you know that are trustworthy
  • practical ways that we can show others that we are trustworthy
  • why it is important to be able to trust others when working together as a team “Trusting someone is like knowing you can jump and they will be there to catch you” Anon Trust is a particularly good value for our Y6 children to work on as they move on to secondary school and mature into teenagers.

Value of the Month – Co-operation

ValueThe value for May is Co-operation. Please find some time to talk at home about what it means to co-operate with each other!

Good definitions are:

  • Working together to get something done.
  • Talking and agreeing how to do something.
  • Being helpful and doing your bit to sort something out. Children need to think about how they need to co-operate and work together as a team to achieve goals.

Co-operation is – teamwork, interacting and joining in, Listening and respecting each other, Lending each other a helping hand, Working together, Trust and support, Helping one another, Not letting other people down, Sharing each other’s ideas, Compromise, Communicating with each other, Responsibility to others.

Value of the Month  – Patience

“Wait your turn.” “Wait ’til you’re bigger.” We often ask children to be patient, but developing this value takes time. Patience is the ability to endure a difficult situation without complaining. It means showing self-control and staying calm in the face of frustration or boredom. When you’re patient, you understand that some things are worth waiting for. But patience isn’t only passive waiting–it means persevering when things get tough. Adults as well as children often get frustrated if they don’t see immediate results. But at any age it’s important to wait for the right time to speak or act. Patience is a value which can have a hugely positive effect on ourselves and those around us. 

Value of the Month – Responsibility

ResponsibilityOur value for March is responsibility. This means the obligation to behave well, having a duty to fulfil, In school this may be shown as: making good decisions about our own behaviour, taking responsibility for our learning, being independent, bringing the correct equipment and PE kit to school, handing homework in on time, caring for others. Responsibility also includes thinking about being a good citizen and caring for our environment. Talk to your children about responsibility.

Value of the Month – Empathy

EmpathyThe value of the month is ‘Empathy.’ Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. It is the ability to understand another person’s perspective or circumstance whether you agree with this person or not. Empathy is a useful skill to develop in children.

Value of the Month – Integrity

IntegrityThis month our value is ‘Integrity.’  The five fundamental values of integrity are: Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Trustworthiness and Honesty. A child can demonstrate integrity when they uphold honesty and differentiate between what is right and wrong.

Integrity means following your moral convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching.  A person with integrity is truthful, honest, caring and genuine, dependable and worthy of trust and respect.
What does integrity look like?

  • Integrity keeps commitments.
  • Integrity tells the truth.
  • Integrity takes a stand for what’s right – even when it’s not popular.
  • Integrity has a strong sense of self.
  • Integrity respects others, their beliefs and their skills.
  • Integrity has inner strength.
  • Integrity has strong morals.
  • Integrity lends a helping hand.
  • Integrity has self control.

We spoke to the children about ‘Integrity’ on our first day back at school. There will be several assemblies during January that look at Integrity. Talk to your child about ‘Integrity.’