Since September 2016 we at St. Brigid's have been putting a whole-school focus on ‘Human Values’. This school-wide focus on human values complements our ethos as a Catholic school. Each week within every classroom the children and teachers focus on a different value such as kindness, honesty, showing love, loyalty etc. The children are encouraged to think about a time when they showed the weekly value and they write about it in their values copies. This simple process has proven to boost children’s self-esteem, confidence and good behaviour, along with having many positive effects within their social and academic lives.
Along with the focus on a weekly value, we have monthly ‘Values Assemblies’ focusing on one of five main over-riding values. The five over-riding values are Truth, Right Action, Peace, Love and Non-Violence. Within these assemblies we sing songs relating to the values and also practise quiet reflection through silent ‘Heartfulness’ meditation/reflection time.
* If you are a teacher interested in learning more about integrating values into your classroom, or if you are a principal interested in implementing this model of values education into your school, you are welcome to contact us here in St. Brigid's on (01) 8376653 for more information.
The following Values Plan shows which values we are focusing on each week for the current year 2017 - 2018.
Below you will find five of our short monthly values slideshows, one to represent each of the five main human values of Love, Right Action, Truth, Non-Violence and Peace. If you would like to keep up with the various values activities going on around St. Brigid's all of the time, you can always find each month's latest values slideshow posted on the Values Blog , on the News Blog and on our Twitter account at the beginning of each month. :o)
We captured some of the values-related activities going on around the school in this photo slideshow for 'Love' in October.
And here's a little look at some of November's 'Right Action' activities...
December was the month for focusing on 'Truth'. Have a look..! :o)
In January we focused on the value of Non-Violence. Here's a look at some of what went on around the school during January... :o)
For February we focused on 'Peace'.. Take a look at some of the peace-related activities that took place during February...