As a Catholic school our Special Character is at the heart of all that we do. Student nurturing and a sense of community are the priorities in the early years, allowing children to feel comfortable at school and enjoy learning.
We value our Christian Faith. We deliver morals based education; our children should clearly understand the difference between right and wrong. We respect each child’s uniqueness and the special attributes they bring to the school.
We are a Brigidine School because a group of Brigidine Sisters started the school in 1953 and were here until 1970 when the Josephites took over.
Our Brigidine Motto is particularly simple and very beautiful: “Strength with Gentleness” and we feel this is appropriate for our school because we value strength of mind and gentleness of heart.
School liturgies are celebrated regularly on important feast days. Parents are most welcome to join us for these celebrations. Dates and times will be advised in the school newsletter and calendar.
We are part of the St. Joseph’s Parish and we value the love and support given to the school by our Parish Priest, Parish Council and parishioners. The school celebrates Mass with the parish on Sunday once a term and all families of St. Joseph’s are expected to attend this Mass as a sign of commitment to the Catholic Character of our school.
Each class also attends Mass throughout the year. These are held Wednesdays at 9.15am.
Mass is where we proclaim the mystery of our faith. At Mass we act out and we participate in the belief that there is purpose and therefore hope for this life and perhaps even for another to come. The purpose of Mass is to say ‘yes’ to God’s purpose for us.
Vatican II spoke of the Mass as the source and summit of Christian life. If we want to form students in the Catholic faith, what can be more practical than frequent attendance at the source and summit of the Christian life? If what we want to do is educate our children so that they can influence the structures of society, how can we do that without exposing them to the source and summit of Christian life?
Prayer is an essential part of daily school life. Each classroom has a prayer centre as a focus. Classes begin each day in prayer so it is important that all children arrive at school on time so as not to miss or interrupt this important start to the day. If arriving late, we request that children and parents wait outside the classroom until prayers are completed. Parents are welcome to join the class for Morning Prayer.
Each class has a Prayer Kete: your child will have an opportunity to bring this home during the year. This can become part of your family prayer time.
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