Virtues of the Month

The virtues of the month envision excellent and happy human beings, which every member of the Whitesands family strives to become. They are taken from the Decalogue (Ten Commandments from the Old Testament), the Beatitudes (from the New Testament), and natural philosophy (the cardinal virtues).

Below is a list of the virtues of the month for eleven months (August is excluded since the school is not in session) and their subordinate or related virtues and values.

  • September: Study and work love for knowledge, planning, foresight, hindsight, circumspection, common sense, industriousness, productivity, professionalism, and diligence
  • October: Order efficiency, sense of priority, being methodical and systematic, serenity, composure
  • November: Responsibility dependability, reliability, being proactive, social responsibility, respect for others, reliability, and passion for excellence
  • December: Generosity and service hospitality, magnanimity, preferential love for the poor, strong desire for holiness, care for details, and love for the common good
  • January: Cheerfulness and optimism joy, serenity, surrender to Divine Providence, acceptance of failure, smiling asceticism, sporting spirit
  • February: Holy purity, chastity and modesty, temperance, respect for the opposite sex, respect for other people’s privacy and intimacy, clean mind
  • March: Sincerity, humility truthfulness, honesty, integrity, simplicity, unity of life, self-knowledge, selflessness, meekness, transparency, and veracity
  • April: Spirit of sacrifice, mortification, penance demanding on oneself, heroism, courage, fortitude, persistence, patience, endurance, working against the current
  • May: Loyalty, friendship, understanding, refinement, love of neighbour, caring, kindness, benevolence, tolerance, sensitivity to neighbour’s needs, love for family members, patriotism
  • June: Good manners respect for others, considerateness, courtesy, politeness, fairness, etiquette, refinement, and elegance
  • July: Good use of time, leisure sense of priority with activities, doing important things first, creativity, care for one’s health, wholesome rest, diligence at work, sporting spirit

Every staff member of the school is to make every effort to inculcate the virtue of the month in the exercise of his work. Specifically, each teacher is to include comments on the virtue of the month in his own lesson plan. During the general assembly, the principal makes a commentary on the virtue. Students are encouraged to make an effort to acquire and live the virtue of the month. The school organises various activities and initiatives to foster awareness of these virtues.



Other Means of Character Formation

Every student is given an opportunity to carry out tasks other than those required by the Nigerian curriculum. Job assignments are meant to develop a sense of responsibility, to eliminate the bourgeoisie (aje-butter) attitude common among children these days, to live a spirit of service, and to break the routine of regular school work.

Classroom job assignments can take the form of being in charge of any of the following: time keeping, door, waste-basket, chalkboard, lost and found, etc. The teacher-in-charge (TIC), together with the class council, may appoint students to the respective assignments.

There are also assignments at the reception (the sentinel) and in the chapel (e.g. Mass server for the day).

In addition, the students organise charity projects yearly.