St Mary's Primary School, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

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Virtues to Live By

Virtues to Live By


Each child in school has a Virtues to Live By passport to show that they have lived each virtue during their time at St Mary's. When a child has shown that they have lived each virtue, they receive a virtues badge in special recognition. 


Well done to these children who have received their Virtues Bronze Award: Annabelle, Elizabeth B, Lidia, Eleanor, Joshua B, Rebecca, Dominic, Kayla, Lexie, Isobel, Adel, Violet M, Jasmine, Sophia G, Heidi, Joshua H, Phoebe, Molly, Emily M, Nancy Ha, Merryn, Sienna, Maisie, Alfie

Our current Virtue to Live By is: Honesty


"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body" Ephesians 4:25


I show Honesty when: I tell the truth; I can be trusted; I am honest about my words and actions; I make promises I can keep; my actions match my words; I am true to myself and follow what I know to be right. 

Guiding Principles

To ensure children  are given opportunities to:

Experience a positive and purposeful ethos providing a sense of belonging to their school community.

Grow in their knowledge and understanding of the virtues.

Practise the virtues to further the call to live life to the full.

Appreciate the connection between biblical and practical wisdom and living.

Hear the Christian story and encounter it in practice.

Understand their uniqueness and dignity as made in the image and likeness of God.

Know that our limitations are also opportunities for growth.

To notice, to reflect, to pray and to play

To exercise the cognitive, affective and behavioural components of character: know it in your head, feel it in your heart and show it with your hands.