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 Monday 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 – Charity - Loving God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.
October – Friendship - Sharing a mutual love that seeks the good of the other
November – Courtesy - Being thoughtful of others
December – Purity - Keeping your soul free of sin
January – Fortitude - Being brave and strong in the face of trials
February – Prudence - Making good decisions in specific circumstances
March – Respect - Recognizing the dignity of all people
April – Forgiveness - Pardoning those who offend you
May – Responsibility - Being reliable in your duties and accountable for your actions
For additional information for parents, please visit the following website: Virtues in Practice Parent Guide