Aims of the School
The first aim of our school is to provide a happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment which will surround our children when they first enter school. The general atmosphere in the school is one of informality though this does not lessen the level of discipline and good manners maintained in the school. Respect for every human being within the school including oneself is a must. When children enter school the rudiments of social training must begin immediately. From now onwards they must learn to live, work, eat and play with others for a major part of their day. Good habits of tidiness, cleanliness and polite manners must begin as soon as children are able to appreciate their value.
Spiritual aims of the school
"A Catholic school is a community of faith with common vision, based on Christian values and a knowledge of the world, illuminated by faith". (The Lay Catholic in School)
Community of faith: - comprises all staff, teaching and non-teaching and all of the pupils. It also encompasses a wider section of people who are involved with the school. These include the school governors, parish clergy, the parish itself and the community in which the school is situated. Also actively involved are the parents of the children, for the parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of the faith, for it is under the guidance of family love that children best discover how to be themselves and to grow in 'wisdom and grace'. Home provides the security that enables a child to learn by mistakes, to discover limits, to stretch out to the unknown and so imperceptibly, and in a variety of ways, to grow. In all homes, save perhaps a very few, there is some genuine experience of love, and this is the source of the presence and of the knowledge of God, for "where love is, there is God."
Common Vision: growth towards Christ's kingdom of justice, peace and love.
Based on Christian Values: the life of Christ put into practice by serving each other, both in and out of the community.
Illuminated by faith: working towards the upbuilding of man and growth towards the glory of God.
Each child is a unique individual and has the opportunity during their years within the school to affect and influence for good or ill, those around them, in a multiplicity of ways, through actions as well as words.
Within our school we aim to develop in each individual:
an awareness of self.
an awareness of individual potential.
the opportunity to develop the individual personality as fully as possible.
an appreciation of the place of the individual within the larger confines of class or school.
the opportunity to develop good relationships outside the classroom.
the opportunity to develop good relationships outside the school environment.
The above aims define what a child is intended to gain from his/her education.