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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.

Eloquent and Truthful

 

This half term, we are growing to be Eloquent and Truthful.

Pupils are growing to be eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.

St. Gabriel’s help our pupils to grow by developing an eloquent language which pupils can use to understand and articulate their emotions, beliefs, and questions, encouraged by the example of their teachers to be truthful in the way they represent themselves and speak about the world.

Eloquent: To be eloquent is to have the ability to speak or write fluently, persuasively and appropriately. We are eloquent when we use language to express our ideas or opinions clearly and with conviction. When we choose our words, we should do so carefully so they are kind and compassionate, and don’t hurt others. Eloquence isn’t limited to speaking and writing. We can express ourselves in other ways like music, drama, painting or dance. We should use our creative gifts to say things in a way that is interesting, truthful, memorable and faithful.

Truthful: God wants us to be truthful in all we do. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’, so being honest and truthful means we are following in his footsteps and living life the way God wants us to. Being truthful is being faithful to ourselves and to Jesus. We should stand up for the truth. As Jesus tells us, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Biblical inspiration:

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Lord, help me to use my words to encourage others and build them up far more than critiquing or criticizing them.

Colossians 3:17 - 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.

Faith in action:

Can you find out what ‘hello’ or ‘welcome’ is in five other languages? Draw a welcome poster using the different words.

Can you write a prayer asking God to help us stand up for the truth?