Value: Friendship

Friends are incredibly important as children grow up. As part of this value we consider how to be a good friend and how to encourage each other. Friendship is a key concept in the Christian framework with Jesus being criticised for being a ‘friend of sinners’.

Jesus tells stories about a heavenly banquet to which all are invited. The barriers between people are broken down in a loving community based around God.

True friendship allows each person to grow, to become themselves. This ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised, echoing the value placed by God on the preciousness of each person.

Songs like ‘What a Friend we Have in Jesus’ remind us of the relationship which is at the heart of Christian believing.

Our call and response for Friendship is used daily in assemblies in Autumn:

God has given us a new day.

We will help each other to enjoy it.

This is our Friendship Prayer, learned by all pupils each Autumn: