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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

 Our philosophy at Roseville is founded on a Catholic vision of the human person. We understand education as a process that enables the student to gradually take responsibility for personal improvement and helps her strengthen her will in such a way that she is able to forge a strong character.
We want to help to form persons who are free and are conscious of importance of striving to develop their talents maximally by acquiring human virtues. 


We want to form women  who are sincere, loyal, cheerful, optimistic, generous, with a spirit of service within the family and in society; principled persons with capacity for commitment, responsible, with initiative in their personal lives, zeal to win through in life struggles and the capacity to sustain such struggles. Such persons steadily acquire the sensitivity to appreciate order and beauty and thus grow in happiness, which they help to spread around them.  


 The four major human virtues that support good character are:
 

  •  Personal Responsibility
    Each person has certain duties to perform at home, at school and in the wider community. Young people begin to hold their destiny and that of others in their hands.  Action or inaction has consequences.
  •  Good Judgement
    The ability to make wise choices and judge what is right in each situation based on personal values.
  •  Resilience
    Development of personal strength which enables one to persevere in things that are worthwhile.
  •  Self-Control
    The ability to exercise self-discipline in many ways. Our programme of character development and training in virtues are given through instructions, guided practice and above all the good examples of teachers who never lose sight of the their place as role models for the girls


 The formal means for training in virtues and character include:
 

  • Character Development Lesson: The Class Teacher and pupils discuss and reflect upon the virtue under study. A range of materials and resources are used to illustrate and explore each theme.
  • Advisory Chats: This one-to-one discussion with pupils provides another opportunity to discuss virtues on a personal level.
     
  • Parent Teacher Meetings: Material of particular relevance or interest can be exchanged. Parents have a wealth of personal experience and knowledge that can lead to new ideas and topics.
     

SCHOOL RULES

 NORMS OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS
The standards of behavior enumerated below serve a guide and a help to students to always act in a way that reflects the education they receive at home and in school. As is expected, these rules are observed by students in a natural and spontaneous way as they go about their normal activities. 


Roseville School is not so much interested in a meticulous observance of rules, as in the students’ possession of clear principles and criteria to guide them in their personal conduct and in their relationship with other persons.

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ADVISORY SYSTEM

Advisory System


Advisory is the mainstay of a student’s education at Roseville. It offers guidance, support and encouragement to each student in the individual development of her character and personality.  It is a one-on-one meeting, during which a girl and her advisor discuss her current activities and review both accomplishments and opportunities for further improvement. This means of personal growth brings together all the other aspects of education offered in the school with a view to helping the student apply them to herself and as it were, internalize them. It is carried out in collaboration with parents.

 Consequently, the advisor meets at least once ever term with the parents of her respective advisees to discuss way of helping her forge ahead in her academics and personal development. The advisor is specially trained to work both with parents and the girls in such a way that she renders this support with the utmost respect, delicacy and professionalism. It is only the context of understanding, confidence and friendship that the advisory system flourishes. 


Some of the characteristics that Roseville  expects to see in every advisors include:

  • Ability to work very closely with parents; to form friendships with a wide variety of people.
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the advisory system.
  • Concern to improve herself as a role-model of virtue.
  • Ability to relate to children and teenagers at their own level of interests and problems.
  • Ability to listen and understand without being obtrusive or meddlesome.
  • A preference to motivate and encourage rather than correct and lecture.
  • Awareness that her words and actions greatly influence the girls.
  • Effort to be a living example of the advice she gives.
  • Prudence to know what to say and when to say it.
  • A cheerful even temperament.
  • Ability to challenge and demand from the girls she advises without the slightest coercion.
  • Patience especially when she has to guide a girl to root out a deep-seated defect such as laziness, disorder, etc.
  • Optimism and the firm belief that all problems have solutions.
  • Ability to act and diligently follow up realistic goals in advisory. This will usually be in the form of one or two very specific points for the girl to take to heart.
  • Concern for the Christian development of the girls.


Topics for advisory chats with students include:

  • Application to study
  • Generosity and Service
  • Friendship, relationship with others
  • Laziness and how to fight it
  • Entertainment Issues
  • Use of Time
  • Use of Money
  • Social Life
  • Moral Issues
  •  Beliefs and Values

The Spiritual Dimension of Life

  An essential key to full personal development lies in having personalized goals. 

These goals need to be appropriate, easy to remember, specific, achievable and able to be evaluated. 


And the advisor can help parents:

  • See situations objectively
  • View crises positively
  • Focus on the big issues
  • Plan ahead
  • Talk more with one’s spouse
  • Talk more with one’s daughter/son
  • Reflect on the importance of example
  • Grow in one’s own virtue

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SPIRITUAL FORMATION

ROSEVILLE School stresses the primary role that parents play in their children’s spiritual development 


 An aspect of the holistic or integral education given at Roseville is the attention to the transcendental dimension of the person. The spiritual development of the pupils is carried out with the understanding and consent of their parents and in collaboration with them.
Spiritual formation in Roseville  is given in full fidelity to the Magisterium of Catholic Church. Nevertheless, every pupil, regardless of her particular religious faith, is encouraged to foster a relationship with God and to develop her spiritual life with a genuine spirit of freedom and commitment. This enriches us  as a human beings and enables us  become an excellent person in every sense of the word.
The Religious Education Programme which is offered gives pupils the opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of the Catholic Faith and its practice. Intrinsic to this is the greatest respect for the freedom of consciences. 

The Chaplain of the School is a priest of Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. Mass is celebrated in the school’s Chapel and pupils are encouraged, but not compelled to attend. The priest also administers the sacrament of confession to those who wish to receive it. 

He also give a class on morals to the pupils every two weeks, with a focus on the acquisition and practice of human and Christian virtues.

OPUS DEI

About Opus Dei

Opus Dei oversees the religious education and spiritual formation offered to the school’s parents, teachers and pupils.


Opus Dei s a personal prelature of the Catholic Church founded in 1928 by St. Josemaría Escrivá, who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Its mission is to help people turn their work and daily activities into occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.

Many of the special strengths of Roseville that reflect the spirit of Opus Dei include:

  • Academic excellence by striving for personal holiness in ordinary work
  •  Individual character formation through a one-to-one tutorial system
  •  Outstanding teachers who exemplify Christian principles
  •  Practical classes on parenting skills and character development
  • An atmosphere imbued with optimism, cheerfulness, and friendliness


At the centre of life at Roseville  is an effort to help each person involved with the school to take their faith seriously by living it in their own particular circumstances. To achieve this, Opus Dei offers:

  • Individual spiritual attention
  • Mass and Confession
  • Classes on the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Evenings of recollection and retreats

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CHAPLAINCY

  The religious education and spiritual formation offered to the parents, teachers and pupils of Roseville school is entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church founded in 1928 by St. Josemaría Escrivá.

Its mission is to help people seek holiness by turning their work and daily activities into occasions for getting closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society. It is at the request of the founders that these aspects of the formation given in the school are entrusted to Opus Dei. Nevertheless, it is carried out within a framework of refined respect for all religious beliefs, since the school is open to pupils and students of backgrounds.
It is indeed noteworthy that many aspects of the philosophy of Roseville  School reflect the spirit of Opus Dei. Hard work and academic excellence become easier to pursue and achieve in the context of striving for personal holiness with a desire to please God, which is the hallmark of Opus Dei. Other areas of intersection include love for freedom, character formation which leads to the acquisition of human virtues, which forms the basis of the supernatural virtues of children of God; attention to little things in school life; upholding the dignity of everyone and respect for persons; etc. 

One specific way in which Opus Dei supports the education at the school is by appointing a chaplain or spiritual director to attend to the spiritual needs of parents, teachers and students. 

The activities of the chaplaincy include Holy Mass, confession, days of recollection and individual spiritual guidance.

VIRTUES OF THE MONTH

  The virtues of the month envisions excellent and happy human beings which every member of the Roseville  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 excluded since the school is not in session) along with their their subordinate or related virtues and values.


  • January: Cheerfulness and optimism joy, serenity, surrender to Divine Providence, acceptance of failure, smiling asceticism, sporting spirit.
  • February: Holy purity, chastity 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, 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 neighbor, caring, kindness, benevolence, tolerance, sensitivity to neighbor’s needs, love for family members, patriotism
  • June: Good manners respect for others, considerateness, courtesy, politeness, fairness, etiquette, refinement, 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 of the school will make every effort to inculcate the VOM in the exercise of his work. Specifically the teachers will include comments on the VOM in his lesson plan. During general assembly the principal will make a commentary on the virtue. Students are encouraged by their advisors to make effort to acquire and live the VOM. Additionally the sessions on morals taken by the school chaplain dwell on aspects of the VOM and the various TICs urge their students to practice them
  • August: Honesty, courage, truthfulness, royalty, reliable are the virtues of the month of August. The good and safety of others, respect for privacy, and the common good are sufficient reasons for being silent about what ought not be known or for making use of a discreet language…. No one is bound to reveal the truth to someone who does not have the right to know it…Everyone should observe an appropriate reserve concerning persons’ private lives.
  • September: Study and work love for knowledge, planning, foresight, hindsight, circumspection, common sense, industriousness, productivity, professionalism, 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, passion for excellence.
  • November: Peace making, justice, Conscience…is the voice of God within us. A developed conscience helps us make decisions that support truly loving relationships.
  • December: Generosity and service hospitality, magnanimity, preferential love for the poor, strong desire for holiness, care for details, love for the common good.

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SCHOOL RULES

NORMS OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS
The standards of behavior enumerated below serve a guide and a help to students to always act in a way that reflects the education they receive at home and in school. As is expected, these rules are observed by students in a natural and spontaneous way as they go about their normal activities. 

Roseville School is not so much interested in a meticulous observance of rules, as in the students’ possession of clear principles and criteria to guide them in their personal conduct and in their relationship with other persons.


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