Our School Vision
Our School Vision and Aims
“ Inspiring us all to create a better world”
Matthew 5:13-15 “ You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world.”
Our overarching School Vision is achieved through four aims:
Generosity of Spirit
Luke 10 vs 34:35 “He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said”
This is shown through the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is at great cost to the Samaritan stopping in a dangerous place to help where he could have been set upon. His compassion and love extend to someone who is seen as his enemy. His generosity continued in the way he paid the Inn for the Samaritan to stay and recover.
Generosity of spirit is also shown in the way we treat other people. Generosity is about a willingness to give or to share to others. We think about how we treat other people, we notice the needs of others and show compassion. We try to show forgiveness when we have been hurt. We respect ourselves and other people and learn from people whose opinion, faith or culture are different from our own. We show thankfulness for all the goodness in our lives and the opportunities we have.
Service to Others
Jesus said: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Through learning from the parable of The Sheep and the Goats, we learn about the importance of actively responding to help those in need, regardless of circumstances. By showing service to others, we are showing that we truly belong to Jesus; we will show love for others as Jesus shows love for us. The parable reminds us that we can show our love for God by loving one another.
Service to others is also shown through the way we act and behave. We treat people fairly, showing justice and have the courage to make the right decisions even when this is difficult. In offering service, we show friendship to everyone within our school, our community and in the wider world. Through our trust in God, we believe in ourselves and each other in our thoughts, words and actions.
Commitment to Excellence
“You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” Matthew 25 vs21
Through the parable of the Talents, we learn that our talents are not our own and that we have done nothing to deserve them. As such, we a responsibility to use the talents we have been given. We also learn that, just like the third servant, we do not all have equal talents and that this is ok. It does not necessitate jealousy, self-pity or giving up.
In our commitment to excellence in work and play we try to always try to do our very best. We show perseverance when we find things difficult and always try to show honesty. We show service by using the talents that we have to serve others or brighten up their day. We set high aspirations and expect everyone to work hard to the best of their ability using and nurturing the special gifts that God has given them.
Exploring Jesus - the light of the world
'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' Luke 15:6-7
Through the parable of the Lost sheep we learn how a shepherd knows all of his sheep and is concerned about the condition of every one of them. He decides to go after that sheep and save it, because it went astray!
God loves everyone. This gives a powerful picture of the human state and our relationship with God. We use this parable to reflect on our need of God’s love and God’s love and care for us.
Through exploring Jesus, the Light of the World, we provide opportunities to develop spirituality, understanding that this journey will be different for everyone as we are all unique. As we better understand the light of the world, we are better able to see how we can be “children of the light.”
Children of the Light by Fr Eugine O’Reilly
We are children,
children of the Light
We are shining
in the darkness of the night
Hope for this world,
joy throughout the land.
Touch the hearts of everyone,
take everybody’s hand.
Come and gather round the flame,
share the light in his name
We the children of the light
As the wind blows where it will,
spread the news to everyone
There’s still plenty of time,
for we have just begun.
Join the song of all the earth,
We’’ve a dream a dream to share
And a promise of re-birth
Let the earth feel the warmth
of his love here in our hearts
We’ve still many a dream and promises to keep