It is not enough to have values, so we must live the values with the children.
We know that the people we surround ourselves with has a direct impact on our well-being, our outlook and our positivity. This is why our values are so important. They not just a list of words, they are the lived and breathed experience of our community at Cheam. The love, the fun, and the energy at Cheam are tangible and represent our values in action.
Values are both ‘caught and taught’ – our team are not only teachers they are role models and they model behaviour that will help children to be kind, open, self-confident, resilient, respectful, to love learning, to be team players and to be charitable.
How else do we help children on the path to living these values?
Our rules are positive, and our weekly rewards assembly reflects the importance that we give to both being part of a team and academic work. Kindness is a big theme at Cheam. Our ‘Helping Hand Award’, ‘Independent Owl’ and ‘Mick the Manners Monkey’ are simple examples to the children about how important these qualities are, as well as being the awards we give out.
Our values provide a road map for how to behave and give children a sense of purpose as well as security.