At St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School we strive to actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils’ character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Catholic Church.
We are confident that our continued focus on the Diocesan Virtues will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a successful future whereby all children fulfil their potential.
Our whole school assemblies, key stage assemblies, prayer services and school Masses continually reiterate this. It is embedded throughout our curriculum themes and daily school experiences.
Through our weekly Collective Worship, RE lessons, PSHE lessons, various creative curriculum projects and promoting The Beatitudes and Diocesan Virtues we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general.
Through our Creative Curriculum we teach our children about democracy, responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and importantly, respect of other world faiths.
|Pupils at St. Mark's Catholic Primary School are growing to be...||Staff at St. Mark's Catholic Primary School help pupils grow...|
|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 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.|
Our Virtues Trees
Each half term, children at St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School develop their understanding of two new virtues and strive to apply these to their everyday lives.
Each class has a Virtues tree whereby children have the opportunity to write how they have applied some of the virtues in their everyday life.