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Gospel Virtues

Gospel Virtues

As Catholics we wish to follow the teachings of the Gospel and use these as a guide for how we should live - after all, this source contains the word of the Lord.


Schools across the Archdiocese of Birmingham follow the Catholic School’s Pupil Profile which derives and has been developed from the Jesuit Pupil Profile. The Profile helps schools in their pursuit to form children in the way that God intended and make them men and women for others.


All schools across the Archdiocese focus on a particular virtue pair at the same time. At Christ the King children are exposed to the Gospel Virtues in every area of the school and at all times of the school day:

Each class also has its own Gospel Virtues; display containing quotes from scripture, inspirational people from history and literature.

We have Gospel Virtues trees in classes and staff, parents and pupils can write the name of a child on a leaf to hang on the tree when they see them living out the Gospel Virtue focus for that half term.

At the end of each half term, one child from each class is awarded a Gospel Virtue certificate, which is presented to them at Mass where they can have a photograph with their parent if they wish.


The Gospel Virtue focus is given on the newsletter each week and a card goes home in the prayer bag to make families aware of the current focus. Workshops were held on the Gospel Virtues to help parents to understand how to promote these at home. 


Below are the definitions of the eight virtue pairs:


Pupils at Christ the King school 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, becoming men and women for others.


Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.


Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.


Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.


Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.


Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.


Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.


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.