Virtues Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD)
Our school has implemented Virtues Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) which is a character-based virtue system. It supports our mission beautifully and is designed to help us to see our actions and behaviors through the lens of virtues. Virtue is defined as a holy habit that imitates God. Each student’s conduct contributes to creating an environment conducive for moral, spiritual, social, and intellectual growth.
Our goal at St. Patrick is to encourage the student to move from externally imposed discipline to self-discipline and responsibility.
By practicing virtues such as compassion, humility, gentleness, thankfulness, and kindness, we are preparing our students to become servant-leaders who make decisions guided by character and backed with conviction.
The Guiding Principles of VBRD are:
• We will commit to living virtue.
• We will support others in living virtue.
• We will commit to constructive thoughts, words, and deeds.
• When we face conflict, we will further cultivate virtue as part of the solution.
When harm is caused by misbehavior of any kind, we will address it within the context of faith identity to make amends. We will repair and restore relationships first because we want to live a virtuous life, loving God and neighbor, and because we want to “Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”
VBRD Weekly Circles:
Every Wednesday morning homeroom teachers lead the students in a VBRD circle. These circles are designed to help focus on the following virtues of the month, to build community, and to strengthen quality relationships at every level.
September – Faith - Believing in God and all He has revealed
October – Reverence - Showing your deepest respect for things of God
November – Stewardship - Returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent, and treasure
December – Generosity - Giving without counting the cost
January – Gratitude - Seeing everything as a gift and being thankful
February – Honesty - Being trustworthy and true
March – Mercy - Caring for those who suffer
April – Justice - Being fair and giving each his due
May – Zeal - Being driven by an intense love for God
For additional information for parents, please visit the following website: Virtues in Practice Parent Guide