Leopold Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7 4AW

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Holy Rosary And St Anne's Catholic Primary School

Excellence & Enjoyment Together in God's Love

Virtues to live by


“Virtues to Live By” is a resource created by the Diocese of Leeds which we follow at Holy Rosary and St Anne’s. This resource seeks to support children’s virtue literacy and growth in particular virtues or excellences of character.


“Virtues to Live By” enables us all to explore each virtue over a three-week period (two per half term) to improve the school community’s virtue literacy and to deepen understanding and appreciation of the essential role that virtues play in the education of the whole person towards human flourishing. The virtues chosen are common across cultures and faiths but are sourced from the Christian tradition. They are linked directly to work in the Diocese of Leeds on virtues and character education (see companion documents here dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/re-catholic-life/character-education).

These are shown in the table below:

 Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

 Respect and Courtesy




 Perseverance & Resilience









The school focuses on a virtue every three weeks. The children think about what the virtue means, how we can see it in others and how we can manifest it in ourselves.

We incorporate the virtues into our school life by:

  • displaying the monthly 'Virtue to live by' in the Hall, staff room and all classrooms
  • displaying the Signs of living the virtue for each monthly 'Virtue to live by'
  • awarding certificates each week in Celebration Assembly celebrating those who have shown the monthly 'Virtue to live by'
  • enjoying Circle Times linked to the monthly 'Virtue to live by'
  • taking part in a weekly class worship based on the monthly 'Virtue to live by'
  • integrating the virtues into weekly RE planning where possible


Our virtues have been chosen to reflect the time of year for our children. So for example, we have 'respect and courtesy' at the beginning of the year when we are setting out our expectations, charity and forgiveness during the season of Lent, resilience and perseverance during SATs preparation!

Click on each 'virtue' to find out a little more. The signs of living the virtue will explain what kind of things we are all trying to see in each other.  

Respect/Courtesy          Signs of living the virtue

Thankfulness                  Signs of living the virtue

Hope                               Signs of living the virtue

Patience                          Signs of living the virtue

Faith                                Signs of living the virtue

Simplicity                        Signs of living the virtue 

Love                                Signs of living the virtue

Forgiveness                    Signs of living the virtue

Perseverance & Resilience          Signs of living the virtue

Kindness                         Signs of living the virtue

Honesty                          Signs of living the virtue

Service                           Signs of living the virtue