Values & Virtues
At Holy Name our children are growing to be:
Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day;
and generous with their gifts, now and in the future... 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 examination of conscience, 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
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.