We are very fortunate to be citizens of Britain. We often take for granted our rights and freedoms that many in our world do not have. As a Catholic school, we base all we do on the virtues and their foundation in Jesus’ teaching of selfless love. The virtues help us to understand and live out the British Values, which encourage our pupils to go out and change the world
The British Values are:
We all have a duty to vote, and to protect and care for others in society. We need to use Justice and Prudence to help us to make wise decisions when exercising our right to vote.
Laws are there to protect us, especially the weak and vulnerable in society. We need to practise Fortitude to encourage us to do what is right.
We have freedom of speech in Britain, we are taught by the Church to speak out against injustice. However, we need to practice Temperance and Prudence to speak with compassion and wisdom, and listen to other opinions. Practising Fortitude is essential if we are to speak up and do what is right, even when it is hard or makes us unpopular.
We are all made in the image and likeness of God. No matter what our personal views, beliefs, where we are from, or what language we speak, we deserve to be treated with dignity. Justice and Prudence help us to remember this truth.
We live in a multi-faith society. Tolerance is saying “we are different, but we are going to work together and learn from each other” Practising the virtues of Justice and Prudence helps us to work with others who have different beliefs and views to us.