St Mary's Primary School, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Journeying in the light of Christ, together we live and learn

Search Search
Translate Translate

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. 

Our current Virtue to Live By is: Respect and Courtesy - I am respectful. I treat others as I would like to be treated. I show courtesy to everyone as we are all made in God's image and likeness. 

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." (Matthew 7:12)


I am respectful and courteous when: respect myself and know I deserve respect from others. I treat everyone how I would like to be treated. I use good manners. I respect and follow school and classroom rules. I speak politely to everyone. I listen to others. I praise others for their good conduct. I respect and look after my own and other people's belongings. 

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.