Gospel Virtues

St. Mary's School has a rich and diverse Catholic Life programme; we believe our faith permeates all we do for, and with, our children.

In other sections of this website we have discussed Prayer, Sacramental Preparation, Saints and Collective Worship - all active elements of Catholic Life. From the academic year 2015/16 we have adopted the Archdiocese of Birmingham's Catholic Schools’ Pupil Profile. This means we will be working together across all phases of the school to look at those values and virtues that come from the Gospel and teachings of Jesus.

These values and virtues are taken from the Jesuit Institute, rooted in the teachings of St Ignatius. A Pupil Profile has been created in which 8 pairs of complementary virtues have been placed together. The Archdiocese of Birmingham is using these Jesuit materials and have renamed them as the Catholic Schools’ Pupil Profile.

Each half term our school will focus on one pair of virtues; we will spend time reflecting on the meaning of these virtues; how we see them in action in our lives and in the lives of others and how we can work to encapsulate these values in our lives.

All classes will discuss the meanings of the Virtues; during assemblies and Masses, as well as during RE lessons, we will take time to consider and reflect upon them. We will reflect quietly and peacefully together so that we can listen carefully and try to hear the inner callings of our hearts.

The pairs of Virtues are:

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Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, now and in the future. By encouraging them to know and be grateful for all their gifts, developing them to the full so that they can be generous in the service of others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices. By promoting the practice of attentive reflection and discerning decision making: in teaching, in the examen, prayer and retreats; and through the practice and example of school leaders and staff.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words. By being compassionate and loving in the way pupils are treated, especially when a pupil is in trouble; and by opening pupils’ eyes to those who suffer poverty, injustice or violence.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future. By passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them in turn, to have faith and hope in themselves and others.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world. By developing an eloquent language which pupils can use to understand and articulate their emotions, beliefs, and questions, encouraged by the example of their teachers to be truthful in the way they represent themselves and speak about the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good. By the breadth and depth of the curriculum; by excellence of teaching, and the creation of opportunities to become more learned and wise.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better. By leading pupils to be curious about the universe and all human activity, and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, and by providing opportunities for them to be active in the life of the school, the Church, and the wider community.
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others. By being a school community which is intentional in its way of proceeding to build-up quality of life; and which is prophetic in the way it offers an alternative vision of education and the human person rooted in the gospel.

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