“The Catholic school differs from all others which limit themselves to forming men and women. Its task is to form Christian men and women, and, by its teaching and witness, to show non-Christians something of the mystery of Christ…” (“The Catholic School” in J. Holohan, Australian Religious Education – Facing the Challenges, National Catholic Education Commission, 1999, p28.)
Our College provides for the spiritual growth of all; believers, searchers and non-believers. Through our curriculum, in particular our Religious Education Programme, knowledge of the Catholic religious tradition and the charism of the Sisters of Charity is taught to all.
As well, the great existential concerns common to all religions such as: questions about God; life after death; right and wrong; the problem of evil, are explored. The concerns common to all human beings such as: the meaning of life; the secret to relationships; the search for personal meaning, are interwoven into the curriculum and presented from a Christian perspective. The different visions of life found in the culture in which students are living; secularism, materialism and individualism are examined against the Christian message. Major moral questions confronting humanity today; social justice, family and human freedom are addressed. Involvement in outreach projects is encouraged.
Where students are searching, our spiritual emphasis is on helping them to understand exactly what faith in Jesus Christ is, to understand the response that the Church makes to their questions and to examine more deeply their choices.
Our College celebrates its Christian faith through classroom prayer, weekly prayer services, liturgies based around seasonal events in the life of the Catholic Church and significant events in our school year. Gathering as a whole school for the celebration of Eucharist is a vital part of our Catholic story and our spiritual journey. Christian Living Camps and Reflection Days allow us to step out of the routine of our daily lives to reflect on our relationships with each other, ourselves and our God.
It is our belief that we are partners with parents and guardians in the faith development of our young people. We can only build on the foundations established at home and with the positive assistance of family, lead each student towards the knowledge and love of God through Jesus Christ.
Where students are genuinely non-believers it is our hope that they may come to appreciate the importance of making a decision about the spiritual dimension of their lives through raising awareness of religion, Christian messages and Gospel values.