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Virtues to Live By

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Thankfulness liturgy

This afternoon, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all gathered together for a virtues liturgy. Our current virtue is thankfulness. We listened to scripture from Matthew's Gospel that talked about us sharing our talents. We thought about what our talents were and stood up to show others around us what we thought we were good at. We have now been given a mission to share our gifts and talents with those around us. Well done to all the children for being so respectful during our liturgy and for joining in with the responses and singing. A special well done to Reception for their first assembly. 


Our second Virtue to live by is the virtue of 'Thankfulness'. During our class liturgies we will be listening to scripture from Matthew's Gospel. "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We will be thinking about what gifts and talents God has given us. We will also be trying to share them with others whilst thanking God for giving them to us. 

Click on the link to see the liturgy that will be happening in all classes for the next three weeks. 

Our first Virtue to live by this year is 'Respect and Courtesy'

As we start our new academic year our first virtue to live by is respect and courtesy. We are thinking about how this relates to our school rules. We have also listened to scripture from Matthew's Gospel that tells us to "Do to others what you would have them do to you." 

Click below to see our Class Liturgy powerpoint for this virtue. 

Our current virtue is...service

Click on the powerpoint link to have find out more about the virtue of service. It will guide you through a liturgy that we are doing in each of the classes weekly. 

How can you show service over the next few weeks? 

You might want to read about Jesus serving others at the Last Supper when he washed the Disciples feet. 

Virtues to live by

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)  


Jesus’ words are a reminder to us that God wants us to thrive and flourish as his creations. At St. Marie’s we support each child to develop as a whole person. Our virtues to live by allow us to focus on a different virtue every three weeks. During this time, we will talk about the virtue and what it means, where this virtue is shown within the Bible and how we can show the virtue. 


Guiding Principles of Virtues to live by: 

To ensure children are given opportunities to:

-Experience a positive and purposeful ethos providing a sense of belonging to their school community.

-Grow in their knowledge and understanding of the virtues.

-Practise the virtues to further the call to live life to the full.

-Appreciate the connection between biblical and practical wisdom and living.

-Hear the Christian story and encounter it in practice.

-Understand their uniqueness and dignity as made in the image and likeness of God.

-Know that our limitations are also opportunities for growth.

-To notice, to reflect, to pray and to play

-To exercise the cognitive, affective and behavioural components of character: know it in your head, feel it in your heart and show it with your hands.

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