Respect and Courtesy
In Autumn 1 we will be focusing on the virtues ‘Respect and Courtesy’.
At SS Peter and Paul we want the children to be respectful and courteous. Being respectful and courteous helps people feel valued and appreciated. All people of every culture and race, age and sex should be respected. Rules in our schools and faith help to guide us to respect each other in what we do and say. When we respect ourselves and our world we are fulfilling our role of stewardship in God’s world.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
You treat others people as you would like to be treated. You treat people with courtesy and kindness not because of who they are or what they have done, but because, like you, they have a God-given dignity. You respect yourself so that you have the confidence to be yourself and not give in to things you know are wrong or not to give in to those who want you to do things you don’t want to do. You show respect for creation through your care for nature.
“Show proper respect to everyone.” (1 Peter 2:17)
“Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
“Do not speak evil of anyone, but be peaceful and friendly, and always show a gentle attitude towards everyone.” (Titus 3:2)
You are pleasant and polite and have good manners. When you are pleasant and polite it makes people feel valued and respected. You say ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Your welcome’, ‘Sorry’. You know they are ways that let people know you appreciate them and care about them – courtesy is a way of showing your love.
“Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.”(Ephesians 4:29)
“Your speech should always be pleasant.” (Colossians 4:6)
“A gentle answer quietens anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.” (Proverbs 15:1)
Here are some ways we can show signs of being ‘Respectful and Courteous’ at SS Peter and Paul:
- I respect myself and know I deserve respect from others.
- I treat everyone how I would like to be treated.
- I use good manners I respect and follow school and classroom rules.
- I speak politely to everyone.
- I listen to others.
- I praise others for their good conduct.
- I respect and look after my own and other people’s belongings.