Promoting Virtues in St Alban’s Catholic Primary School
Formation of our school community takes place within the Catholic life of the school and is not something confined only to RE, liturgies, assemblies and citizenship. St Alban's provides opportunities for formation through the activities and experiences within the Curriculum (all subjects including RE) and beyond through Collective Worship, extra-curricular activities, through community links including the parish, through charitable outreach and so on.
The St Alban's Pupil Profile
Pupils at St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School are growing to be…
Grateful for their own gift, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others. By encouraging them to know and be grateful for all their gifts, developing them to the full so that they can be generous in the service of others.
Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices. By promoting the practice of attentive reflection and discerning decision making: in teaching, in the examen, prayer and retreats; and through the practice and example of school leaders and staff.
Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words. 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.
Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future. By passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them in turn, to have faith and hope in themselves and others.
Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world. 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.
Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good. By the breadth and depth of the curriculum; by excellence of teaching, and the creation of opportunities to become more learned and wise.
Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better. By leading pupils to be curious about the universe and all human activity, and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, and by providing opportunities for them to be active in the life of the school, the Church, and the wider community.
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. By being a school community which is intentional in its way of proceeding to build-up quality of life; and which is prophetic in the way it offers an alternative vision of education and the human person rooted in the gospel.
There are a number of ways in which the profile can be used.
- A starting point is within the prospectus and as part of the home-school agreement, allowing parents to see the ways in which the school intends to develop all the children in their care.
- The Profile also provides a thematic focus for Collective Worship over a specified length of time. Whilst all of the aspects of the profile are being touched upon, our school can really emphasise a particular pair of words throughout a half term. Each half term the focus will change. Across the whole of the Archdiocese schools will focus upon the same pair of virtues at the same time. This enables us to share ideas and resources and strengthen our common bond.