SJV Values

What our values learning looks like at SJV:

Across our school, it's part of our culture to discuss and model different values with the children. At school, a lesson is given on the value of the fortnight. We focus on a particular value to reflect on, discuss and consciously practise. This is naturally different depending on the age of the children, however broadly speaking the lesson structure is as follows:

  • What is the meaning of (the value)?
  • Why practise (the value)?
  • How did Jesus/SJV/Nano practise this value?
  • How do we practise this value?
  • Signs of success

Parents are encouraged to be involved at home too.  For example:

  •  What are three ways your family already practise (value)?
  •  How do we feel when people treat us with (value)?

It is important for us as adults to do some self-reflection on our own embodiment of the values. It is further important that we share with our children that we may not always get these things right in the first instance.

Service is giving to others, making a difference in their lives. You consider their needs as important as your own. Be helpful without waiting to be asked. Do every job with excellence. When you act with a spirit of service , you can change the world.

We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honour the rules of our family, school and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

Compassion is understanding and caring when someone is hurt or troubled, even if you don’t know them. It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen and say kind words. You forgive mistakes. You are a friend when someone needs a friend.

​You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is using your willpower to do something when it isn't easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is hard or you are being tested. With determination we make our dreams come true.

Practising justice is being fair. It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don’t prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don’t accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.

The charism of  St John Vianney/Nano Nagle

. . . give us a story to enter into
. . . a way to know, love and live the story of Christ Jesus