Character Development

Our philosophy at The Cedars is founded on a Catholic vision of the human person: we are all open to improvement and by doing the right thing we will become happier in our daily lives.

Although the word virtue took on a rather narrow meaning in Victorian Britain the Latin roots of the word suggest manliness, moral excellence and power. Virtues are empowering and are the key to fulfilling potential which is why we believe an education in virtue is an essential part of a first class education.

Virtues are essentially good habits that help us to become better people. To acquire them, we need guidance and practice. These virtues are taught within the context of a Catholic ethos by following closely the teaching of the Catholic Church. At The Cedars the development of the four core human virtues is pivotal to our ethos. All other virtues flow from these four and by working with parents, we aim to empower pupils to become competent, responsible and considerate young men. Many of these virtues are seen in academic and sporting life, they underpin the desire we have for our pupils to become the best young men they can be.

Four Core Human Qualities

1. Personal Responsibility
Each person has certain duties to perform at home, at school and in the wider community. By adolescence, young people begin to hold their destiny and that of others in their hands. Action, or inaction, has consequences and an understanding of personal responsibility is crucial.

2. Good Judgement
The ability to make wise choices and judge what is right in each situation based on personal values.

3. Resilience
Development of personal strength which enables one to persevere in things that are worthwhile.

4. Self-Control
The ability to exercise self-discipline in many ways.