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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.

Intentional and Prophetic

This half term, we are growing to be Intentional and Prophetic

Pupils are growing to be 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.

Jesus Christ was a person who lived intentionally and is a model of a good human life. His words, actions and example reflect his values.

Intentional living is about the choices I make and the ethical code I live by.  But this can have a positive impact on others if I share it.

Being prophetic is about being seen to do good and about speaking out for what is right.  Good news is only good news if it is announced. Being prophetic isn’t about telling the future; it is about living out God’s future for me today.

Intentional: planning our actions and choosing to live how God wants us to. Every action we make has an impact on other people and the world around us. If we live intentionally, we listen to our conscience and deliberately decide that the actions we take will have a positive impact. We use the earth’s resources wisely, think about the choices we make, and care for God’s creation.

Prophetic: spreading the word of God through how we live our lives. As we choose to act intentionally and make good decisions, we encourage others to do the same. We set a good example through our words and deeds and inspire other people to act in a positive and wise way. We help people to make the right decisions themselves and think about how God wants them to live their lives.

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (James 2:14-16)

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us and letting us make our own choices.

Help us to remember that our choices have consequences.

Please help us, when we have difficult choices, to make decisions that are helpful to us and to others

Amen