Making Jesus Real
At St Joseph’s we use the values education resource Make Jesus Real (MJR) because it is founded
on the understanding that we are all God’s children and, through our friendship with God, called
to be like Jesus in the way we live. It is aligned with WA Religion Curriculum documents and
include respect, honesty and trustworthiness, understanding, tolerance and inclusion.
the Gospel values of compassion, justice, humility and forgiveness. These values encourage
students to do their best, treat others fairly, be responsible for their actions and stand up
against bullying. We look at positive attitudes towards people – Jesus’ message is summed up by
GTS (the way we Greet, Treat and Speak with people) and WEST (the way we Welcome, Encourage, say
Sorry and give Thanks).
We remind students to treat themselves and life with respect as they are
encouraged to participate in many healthy activities and to BIY (Believe in yourself). Other
topics include self-discipline, good decision-making, friendship, positive behavior management,
having a sense of humour, handling problems, resilience, being a giver rather than a taker and
being a team player at home and school.
MJR stresses that Jesus’ Spirit lives in our hearts and the main aim is to get us “switched on to
God’s presence” by spotting the Holy Spirit in the actions and words of others. The focus is not to
leave Jesus as a person in history, but to recognise that Jesus is a mystery with us now.
emphasis on simple and easy to remember prompts such as WEST (Welcoming, Encouraging, saying Sorry
and Thanks), MJR inspires optimism and gratitude. Welcoming, Encouraging, saying Sorry and Thanks
(WEST) also make reference to the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and the
Through feedback and celebration, MJR directly supports the culture of our classes and school. Its
explicit naming of “the Spirit of Jesus” and “God moments” reminds all learners (students and
teachers alike) to live gratefully and compassionately with a particular focus on care and concern
for one another.