Virtues and Values Statement (known by the children as our Be Attitudes)

‘What we are called to respect in each person is first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices. We are therefore called to think, speak and write respectfully of the other, not only in his presence, but always and everywhere, avoiding unfair criticism or defamation.’ (Pope Francis)

As Catholics we desire to follow the teachings of the Gospel revealed through the Church. We look to scripture for revelation from God which will guide us in the way he wants us to live. In the Gospels and our Church tradition we find the person of Jesus, through his teachings and interactions with people, showing us the way to live our lives. The Beatitudes (Matthew 5) encapsulate the values we want to live by and that we would want to nurture and develop in the children in our care:

Pupils understand this as our Be-attitudes and our school attributes, which are:

I will follow Jesus by …

The Be- Attitudes

  • Be generous with your things- let people share them
  • Be helpful to those who need a friend
  • Be caring to those who are sad and lonely
  • Be gentle, patient and kind
  • Be respectful to others and stand up for what is right
  • Be forgiving- don’t hold grudges
  • Be good, polite and helpful
  • Be a peacemaker- help others to make friends or be the first to say sorry
  • Be close to God in prayer and song
  • Be happy and positive
  • You will be blessed and God will be very close to you.

 

 Self-   Discipline Children’s ability to control their impulses appears to lead to better health,  wealth and mental happiness in later life. In school, self-discipline is  central. Great learners need to listen, absorb and think. They need to keep going through difficult patches, stick at hard tasks, manage their time well and keep mental focus.
 Acceptance Regarding different types of people and ways of life with tolerance and acceptance.
 Courage Children need moral courage to turn away from distractions and to be  willing to be seen as “a geek” if they want to study. Learning anything is  about approaching the unknown, and stepping up to new challenges.  Great learners are just as frightened of this as others, but can overcome  their fear and find focus. They are able to try, fail, and try again.
 Resilience Resilient children give things a try. They understand that learning has  plenty of setbacks and that they can overcome them.
 Empathy The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
 Determination The quality of being determined to seeing something through to the end  and being determined to succeed.
 Honesty Honesty grows confidence, attracts goodwill, and gives children an  infallible compass with which to steer their learning.
 Empowerment Feeling empowered makes you more confident and makes you feel that  you are in control of your life
 Ambition Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed.
 Respect Having due regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of others.
 Team Work The willingness of a group of people to work together to achieve a  common aim.