Gospel Virtues

At St. Gabriel's school, we have 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 and Collective Worship - all active elements of Catholic Life. As we are part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we have embraced the 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 which is rooted in the teachings of St Ignatius. They have created a Pupil Profile in which 8 pairs of complementary words have been placed together. They are in keeping with St Ignatius Loyola’s own vision that we can show…"improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good."

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

Each classroom has a Virtues Display as well as beautiful signs in and around school. The virtues are linked to the school’s house point reward system and each child records the times they have clearly demonstrated a virtue or are working towards developing that aspect of themselves on their class charts. The children experience intrinsic spiritual development as they mature and learn who God is calling them to be through the understanding of the virtues.

Compassionate and Loving

This half term, we are growing to be Compassionate and Loving.

Pupils are growing to be compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

St. Gabriel’s help our pupils to grow 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.

Compassionate: We are compassionate when we feel sympathy and concern for other people who are in difficulty, whether they are near to us or far away.

Loving: We are loving when we show our sympathy and concern for other people by our actions and by our words.

How do we show compassion and concern for the rest of our class?

We can notice when someone is upset instead of ignoring them. We can try to understand what the problem is by listening to them. We can be a good friend just by being there. Write a prayer asking God to help us to be compassionate towards our friends and family, every day of our lives.

How can we be loving?

Being loving to people around us doesn’t always seem like an easy choice. Why is it sometimes hard for us to be loving in our words and actions? Sometimes we might feel tired or upset. God still wants us to love those around us. This might mean forgiving someone if they have hurt us. Or we might not know people around us very well. We still need to be loving to them.

How could you use your gifts to be loving to others?

Forgive someone who hurt you; be nice to someone who is feeling sad; give time or money to charity.


A Prayer for Compassion                                                                                                             

Lord God,                                                                                                                                           

You are full of compassion and love for us, your children.                                                      

Help us to be compassionate to our classmates at school and our family at home, so that we can reflect God’s love in our lives.