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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.