A key goal of our school is to help build children of character.
At SJIIES, we adopt a holistic approach that integrates character development into every aspect of school life. Underpinning the character education programme is the practice of the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project at every level of our community.
The Virtues Project is a globally recognised programme that provides empowering strategies to inspire the practice and cultivation of character virtues in everyday life. Moreover, this includes qualities such as integrity, kindness, responsibility, diligence and other elements of good character that exist within each child in potential.
What are the virtues?
Virtues are the building blocks of character. Love. Kindness. Justice. Service. Virtues are the very meaning and purpose of our lives, the content of our character and the most genuine expression of our souls. For people of all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs, they are the essence of authentic success.
Virtue means power, strength, and inner quality. Virtues are the content of our character, the elements of the human spirit. They grow stronger whenever we use them. As a six-year-old once said, “Virtues are what is good about us.”
Each of us has both Strength Virtues we can rely on and Growth Virtues that are the challenges of our character. A lifelong learner never gives up hope that we can awaken a virtue at any moment by choosing to live it. The Virtues Project™ is all about bringing virtues to life.
Whilst the language of the Virtues Project underpins all our activities; we also have a structured programme to promote The Virtues Project. The programme includes:
- A Virtue of the Week launched at our Monday Assemblies
- Virtues Ceremonies are held in every class to reflect on and acknowledge core virtues that we witness in one another
- Using the Five Strategies to embed Virtues across all aspects of school life
- Speak the Language of the Virtues
- Recognise Teachable Moments
- Set goals for the coming week
- Honour the Spirit
- Art of Companioning
Throughout the week, we acknowledge, guide and correct using the language of the virtues in our interactions with the students. We can acknowledge with WOW cards, prepare students for a virtue needed in a particular situation, or correct to restore the child to the community.
- Monday - we introduce the virtue of the week in our Morning Meeting and Assembly. Read the card, and talk about what virtue means. Discuss what that would look like. The children could set personal goals for the week, with that virtue in mind or one they want to work on.
- Wednesday - During a Morning Meeting, check in to see how it is going with the Virtue of the Week.
- Friday - Virtues Ceremony - a place to celebrate and acknowledge everyone for their virtues used throughout the week.