Gospel Values

Gospel Values and Virtues

There are 8 values, based on the Beatitudes in Matthew's Gospel and 4 Virtues. They are explored and practised every day in school, in order for every child and adult to be the best person they can be, following the teachings of Jesus. 

  • Humility - seeing life as a gift

  • Compassion - having empathy

  • Kindness - gentleness

  • Justice - working for a fairer world

  • Forgiveness - reconciling with self and others

  • Integrity - do what you say

  • Peace - committed to peace making and non-violence

  • Courage - standing up for the truth

The children have demonstrated huge awareness of the Gospel Values and these can be witnessed in all walks of school life. As part of developing their journey in Faith more deeply,  we have begun looking at virtues and how to become a better Christian, intrinsically and extrinsically. 
  • Prudence - forward thinking and developing positive habits
  • Temperance - showing honesty, compassion and kindness
  • Fortitude - persevering when things get tough.
  • Justice - seeking fairness in a good and just way.

Gospel values are the way in which we demonstrate the values which Jesus teaches us through the Gospels. "How we behave towards others." Virtues allow us not only to perform good acts, but to "give the best of yourself."

Gospel values are things which we display, virtues are what we develop spiritually.


“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Gospel value: Humility, seeing life as a gift


“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

Gospel value: Compassion, empathy


“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”

Gospel value: Kindness, gentleness


“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”

Gospel value: Justice, working for a fairer world


“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”

Gospel value: Forgiveness, reconciliation


“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”

Gospel value: Integrity, do what you say


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”

Gospel value: Peace, committed to peacemaking, non-violence


“Blessed are those who are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Gospel value: Courage, standing up for truth.


At St Joseph's we are not only integrating these values into the liturgical life of the school but we are also trying to incorporate them into the curriculum itself, so that we offer an education to our children ‘in the light of the Gospel’.