Term 2 Value - Perseverance

1st November 2021

Our Value for Term 2 is Perseverance.
Dictionary Definition
Perseverance is the drive that helps you get past the hard stuff to get to what you want. Without perseverance, you won’t get far in life.
Bible verses about Perseverance
Hebrews 12:1-2
Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.
Deuteronomy 13.6
The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you of forsake you. 
Thessalonians 2  3:13 
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
James 1: 4
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Despite opposition and adversity, Jesus did not compromise or lose heart in his determination to accomplish his mission.
We recognise that sometimes we will face difficulties and personal challenges in life but we know that we can pray for God's help because he has promised never to leave us. 
As the life of Jesus exemplifies, standing for justice and doing what we believe to be right, may not always result in change immediately. Sometimes we may feel discouraged.
At St John's Church of England Academy, we teach that perseverance and endurance are important qualities in developing character. 
As a community, we value and celebrate perseverance, encouraging one another to take one step at a time to achieve our goals. We offer a range of opportunities for children to work with others to foster co-operation and collaboration in problem solving. 
We aim to foster a culture that recognises that ‘quick wins’ are not always possible and are often not sustainable. We believe in encouraging children to work to the best of their ability. We actively seek out contemporary as well as historical role models who have achieved their goals through persevering, even in the toughest of circumstances.

The Story of the Widow Who Would Not Give Up

Jesus told his disciples a story. He wanted to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said, “In a certain town there was a judge. He didn’t have any respect for God or care about what people thought. A widow lived in that town. She came to the judge again and again. She kept begging him, ‘Make things right for me. Someone is treating me badly.’

“For some time the judge refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t have any respect for God. I don’t care about what people think. But this widow keeps bothering me. So I will see that things are made right for her. If I don’t, she will someday come and attack me!’ ”

The Lord said, “Listen to what the unfair judge says. God’s chosen people cry out to him day and night. Won’t he make things right for them? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, God will see that things are made right for them. He will make sure it happens quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find people on earth who have faith?”