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. and include 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 truest expression of our souls. For people of all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs, they are the essence of authentic success.
Virtue means power, strength, 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’s good about us.”
Each one 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 at any moment, we can awaken a virtue by choosing to live it. The Virtues Project™ is all about bringing virtues to life.
Whilst the language of the Virtues Project under spins all our activities we also have a structured programme to promote virtues Education. 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
- Using the Five Strategies to embed Virtues across all aspects of school life
- Speak the Language of the Virtues
- Recognise Teachable Moments
- Set clear boundaries
- Honour the Spirit
- Art of Companioning
Throughout the week, acknowledge, guide and correct using the language of the virtues in your interaction with the students. You can acknowledge with wow cards or prepare students for a virtue needed in a particular situation or correct with the purpose of restoring the child to the community.
- Monday - Introduce the virtue of the week in the Morning Meeting. Read the card, talk about what virtue means. Discuss what that would look like. For elementary years, the children could act it out to show that virtue. For middle years & upper years, the children could set personal goals for the week with that virtue in mind or one that they really want to work on.
- Wednesday - During a Morning Meeting, check-in to see how it's going so far with the virtue of the week.
- Friday - Virtue Ceremony - a place to celebrate and acknowledge everyone for their virtues used throughout the week.