In 1953 the Newcastle Dominican Sisters laid the foundation for our School, and established its proud ethos. In the last half of the twentieth century, lay people have increasingly taken important roles in the running of Church institutions. In our school too, lay people have taken over governing, managing and teaching roles. They are coworkers in the Church’s evangelizing mission.
Catholic schools do not provide education for society as it is, but for society as it should be, as envisioned in Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God. We have something that society needs, not that society wants. It follows that a Catholic school cannot be anything but an agent of transformation. We are oriented toward what may be, rather than toward what is. This is the great adventure of Catholic education.
As a Catholic school we are pilgrims on a journey. We are conscious of our present human condition and are aware always of our failures, imperfections and contradictions; even so, we see the vision beyond our present reality and strive to offer an experience of things as they can and ought to be. We strive to be an outward-looking community permeated by the Gospel spirit of love and freedom.
Our school was founded for the glory of God and this must remain the cornerstone of all our academic, cultural and sporting endeavours. Religious Education therefore, holds a prime position among our teaching subjects throughout the school and every girl is expected to attend these classes. The aim of our religious education programme is to help our learners discern, respond to, and be transformed by the presence of God in their lives and to work for transformation of the world in the light of this perception of our ever-present God.
It is primarily Catholic Christian and thus focuses on Jesus Christ as the great sacrament of God's presence in human history. On the other hand it is ecumenical and inclusive, recognizing the dignity and worth of all the world religions.
Our Catholic Christian ethos finds expression in our daily school life through assemblies, the celebration of Masses and Para-liturgies, Assemblies, daily prayers, outreach and Spiritual formation for the staff.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church is situated beside the school. Our Priest, Fr. Desmond Nair, is our Chaplain. He is a member of the School Board, presides over our Masses, takes some Religious Education lessons and is invited to conduct staff formation afternoons and occasional morning assemblies. We appreciate his support.
Retreats are part of our yearly programme. We hold annual staff and Senior Primary retreats as well as bi-annual high school retreats. This contributes to the Spiritual growth and development of all.
Throughout the school we follow recognized local syllabi e.g. CORD and Life Bound, which have been developed by the Catholic Institute of Education. The local Catholic Schools' Office is a great support to us. They help to form our Religious Educators and are always willing to run workshops.
Our Motto “VERITAS” embraces the pursuit of TRUTH in all its forms. Within our nurturing Catholic environment we work to engender an awareness of the needs of all, and extend mutual respect to the faiths and philosophies of the community we serve. We strive to offer holistic development through quality education and the recognition of individual talents, encouraging personal growth, responsibility and critical awareness in our learners. We are committed to ensuring that each girl’s sense of confidence, self-esteem and worth is valued and affirmed in our Christ-centred family atmosphere.
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At the core of our endeavour is the belief that each child is a unique creation of God, endowed with her own special gifts and talents. A proud tradition of family values provides the fabric within which we work to ensure that learners experience happy, successful, and empowering school careers. While providing a sound academic education, our school gives learners opportunities to explore the answers which faith provides for the questions of life, and for them to encounter the love and mercy of God. It suggests a way to live life in friendship with God and in harmony with others. Faced with the pressures of our consumerist, competitive and materialist society, and bombarded with messages about what counts as success, they will go through life empowered by Gospel values of sharing, simplicity, service, littleness, magnanimity and solidarity, and with a sense of purpose: to open the way for the kingdom of God.