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".

Promoting British Values

As a Catholic school, we follow the Gospel teachings – to love God and love one another.

  • We follow the example set by Jesus.
  • We believe we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
  • We show our love for others through contributing to the common good.
  • We show our love for others through respect for all members of God's family and as such reject all discrimination of any kind.
  • This forms the basis for all that we do at Holy Family and ensures British Values are an integral part of this.

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The children have the chance to elect a representative from each class that they feel will represent their classes views. School council candidates were required to prepare campaign speeches outlining their suitability for the role and their vision for the school. The school council is actively involved in the life of the school and in decision making processes. Every year our school council visits the Houses of Parliament to see democracy in action – they feedback what they find out to the rest of the school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these choices wisely.

Mutual Respect

This is a fundamental part of our faith and school ethos. Pupils have regular discussions and assemblies on what respect means and how it is shown to others.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Each year group completes an in-depth study on different cultures and faiths through their International Culture Week case study and this is also part of the Religious Education scheme of work. This is supported by visits to places of worship.

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.