The particular features of our School have always been a great pedagogical concern, a solid teaching structure and a constant action for renovation. Our Project is based on basic pillars which reflect the thinking defined by our founders in 1958. These foundations have remained firm throughout the years, because their values and their objectives, their spirit and their philosophy, are the model which guides our day-to-day. Thus, Virolai is a lively school, aware that nowadays society is subject to continual changes. For this reason, we also evolve constantly in our way to transmit these values and these objectives, so as to adapt ourselves to new realities, helping our students be upright people, men and women of their time.
Since the beginning, Virolai School is present in Catalan society offering an educational model. This model has developed and enriched over the years, searching for the all-round education of the young in the sense of co-education, linguistic richness, respect and tolerance towards ideas, democratic values, concern for pedagogical renovation and a personalised education.
Our responsibility is to guarantee the best outcome of the mutual compromise between families and us when we are chosen as their collaborators in part of the educational process of their children. We establish with the families as many instruments and opportunities as necessary to ease Family-School communication. This communication must be a source of confidence and, after all, the appropriate context for mutual support.
Together families, professionals of the School, and, according to their maturity, students – will work as a team to achieve our common objective: "Help the student educate".
Virolai’s Christian sense of life can be summarised as living according to the values of Christian humanism, expressing freely their own religious option and respecting with an open and generous spirit other’s personal options. Thus, we will achieve the construction of the basis of a compromised and responsible collaboration to reach a better world.
A personalised and an all-round education will help developing all the aspects which form personality, and coherently with our conception of person as a transcendental being, we help our students, appropriately, in each of the stages of their educational process, to consider the sense of transcendence with freedom and responsibility.
We understand our task in education as helping in a process of continual improvement in which students develop their aptitudes ideally; they learn to manage these skills appropriately and thus, they are prepared for their adult life within society.
For us, educating satisfactorily means reaching in all the educational areas the optimal achievement of each of our students according to their personal aptitudes and interests.
We believe that one of our main objectives as educators, Families and School, is helping students to be educated in effort, understood as a tool to be able to obtain a full development. This effort must be the result of doing things well, in the classroom, at home, in society. Effort must be the result of a reasonable exigency applied to each of these areas and it must be fruit of learning by doing and especially of the recognition of the goals achieved with a positive reinforcement. We intend to provide our students a solid intellectual education and we want them to act in all situations with the necessary effort to get their work well done.
An essential feature of our School is the affectionate atmosphere among all its members. We believe in human relations based on respect and confidence, tolerance, authority and esteem; affection and courtesy have a preponderant role.
Personal communication and affection in human relations, as a life experience based of reflection, must be the essential element in the education of our students. They must be helped to put into practice the concept of friendship in its deepest sense as the fundamental path for their personal development.
It is necessary that students learn about the sense of collaboration, the social commitment and solidarity, being aware they "must dedicate their energies and aptitudes in the service of others", as the Bill of Children's Rights says.
According to this basic Principle, Virolai School is part of the Schools Associated to UNESCO, which has as an aim to educate, at a school level, in the values defended by this international organisation.
Thus, the School must become a setting for living together, learning from this cohabitation, stimulating team work, participation, taking appropriate and responsible decisions, and helping establishing a concept of solidarity that goes beyond the mere social exchange.
The understanding of freedom as the inherent element to the dynamic of life, implies the ability to face new problems and to make decisions being able to develop different plans of action.
School must create, through each and every of its activities, an atmosphere which encourages students to have their own opinions, to exercise freedom responsibly and to be themselves through self-control and effort.
Responsibility, as the ability to respond successfully to acquired commitments, is a fundamental part in the exercise of freedom in the human behaviour.
All-round education is understood and its applied in Virolai School as the process to reach optimum results from each of our students, in all the areas that form the unity of a person, through effort and with the support and collaboration of Families and School. We see education as it is developed in Delors report, that is education based on four pillars:
This is the context in which we believe the all-round education of our students must take place; a whole which contributes to the education of upright men and women.