Respect can mean simply treating each other with politeness and courtesy, and recognising that everyone’s contribution is important and that everyone’s feelings should be considered. At St Peter's CE Primary, we regularly discuss how respecting someone does not mean that we always agree with the other person but that we are prepared to listen and share our views without rudeness or impatience.
Christians recognise that respect needs to start with respect for ourselves and our own unique contribution to our homes, schools or communities. Having self-respect means being able to celebrate our gifts and talents, looking after ourselves and the bodies that God has given us. Having self-respect also means nurturing our talents so that we the best we can be, honouring how God has made us and being confident about who we are.
Treating others, especially those we don’t agree with, with respect is fundamental to living in a school or any other community.
Respect - to get it you must give it.
'So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you' Matthew 7:12
Respect for God extends to respect for all creation, including all people, animals and our environment. In school children and adults are expected to show respect for each other, their belongings and their environment.
Our prayer for Respect is:
Please teach me to speak the right words at the right time with the right voice so I might be a good friend to those around me.