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Gospel Virtues

Pupils at St John Bosco 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.

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 class Virtues Trees. At the end of the half term, the leaves of children who we believe have been exemplary in showing these values 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.


We focus on two virtues every half term. Children who have shown these virtues in a special way are shown on our corridor virtues tree.
 
In every class we think about living by our focus virtues. We reflect on our thoughts, words and actions and gather these on our prayer tables.

On entering our school, you can instantly see how important our faith is to us.
 
We try to live out the commandment of 'Love one another as I have loved you' by reaching out to communities at a local, national and international level.

Visit the Catholic Education Service website (external link) to find out more.

Current Virtues

Our virtues for Spring Term 1 are 'Generous and Grateful'.

 
 
 

Corridor Displays

Our faith is important in all aspects of our school life. When you enter our school you can see how Jesus is at the centre of all that we do. We have corridor displays, which are updated regularly, that focus on key scripture and morals for each year group.


Nursery: Noah's Ark.
 
Reception: Creation.

Year 1: The Garden of Eden.
 
Year 2: The Old Testament.

Year 3: The Ten Commandments.
 
Year 4: Abraham and Isaac.

Year 5: The Creation Story.
 
Year 6: The Ten Commandments.

British Values

Promoting British Values at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School

The DfE has recently reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'

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 St John Bosco 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.

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 International Studies and this is also part of the RE scheme of work. This is supported by visits to places of Worship.

Easter Celebrations

As part of our Easter celebrations we focus on the Miracles of Jesus.

In 2016, Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 presented special assemblies about different miracle stories. Reception and Year 6 were responsible for our Mass.

Below, you can explore our assembly presentations to gain a flavour of what our assemblies looked at during the week.

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