Gospel and British Values


A display on the Gospel Values.

The values which guide and inspire us in our Christian lives are those given to us in the Gospels. They are our Gospel values.

The core Gospel values based on the Beatitudes may be summarized as follows:

  • "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven"
    Values: Faithfulness and Integrity
  • "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted"
    Values: Dignity and Compassion
  • "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth"
    Values: Humility and Gentleness
  • "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied"
    Values: Truth and Justice
  • "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
    Values: Forgiveness and Mercy
  • "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God"
    Values: Purity and Holiness
  • "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God"
    Values: Tolerance and Peace
  • "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice for your reward is great in heaven; they persecuted the prophets before you in the very same way"
    Values: Service and Sacrifice

Gospel values "...are a guarantee of peace and of collaboration among all citizens in the shared commitment to serving the common good".

British Values

British values have evolved from these and have been most recently defined by Ofsted under four headings:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths and Beliefs.

Jesuit Virtues

We have just launched a focus on the Jesuit Virtues, following in the example of Pope Francis. The Jesuit Virtues are the terms we use to promote character building with our pupils. They are as follows:

Gospel Virtues

Each half term, the children develop their understanding of two new virtues and strive to apply these to their everyday lives.

The children have the opportunity to write how they have applied these virtues onto a leaf and display it on our Virtues Tree. At the end of the half term, the leaves are placed onto our larger tree, so that as the year moves on, the children’s demonstrations of the Jesuit virtues will fill its branches.

Also, each half term, a new display is put up which depicts a bible story that ties in with the virtues the children are focusing on.

 
 

Pupils at Holy Family Catholic Primary School are growing to be:

Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
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.