Our school motto, “Virtute Scientiam Complete” is an explanation of what we try to achieve as a faith community: ‘to round off knowledge with manliness’.
The virtues of Edmund Rice Education are also wonderful ways to be fully alive: Engaged, Hopeful, Compassionate, Spiritual, Conscientised and Ethical.
These words summarise our best interactions with both our loving Creator God and with each other.
We have chosen two of these values as our College theme for Term 3: Hope and Engaged.
The difference between hope and wishful thinking is twofold.
1. Hope is not passive: we work passionately to create hopeful situations and outcomes.
2. Hope is about trust. God has plans for us and although times can seem dark we know that we are loved.
In Catholicism, Hope is often linked to love and charity… and again we can see that these words are actions that require relationship.
God’s relationship with us is the greatest example of hope. Jeremiah (he lived about 2600 years ago) is one of the best teachers on Hope. He is referenced by Jesus many times on Matthew’s Gospel.
Jeremiah summed up Hope like this: “I know well the plans I have in mind for you says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe so as to give you a future of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Jesus gave people hope by restoring their dignity.
Here at STC we know families are struggling with the ongoing socio-economic fallout of COVID-19. We do not simply wish everyone is okay. Mentor teachers and classroom teachers are actively following up on student information regarding wellbeing for you. Please let us know if we can help, offer assistance and provide kind support in any way.
We want the staff, students and wider community to find their passion through STC. God calls us to greatness and is often only through fear that we do not become as great as we can be. We work with your wonderful sons both inside and outside the classroom, and we want to grow the whole person to be fully alive, fully participating and fully recognised for their unique gifts.
Traditionally Term 3 is called the “Academic term” where we knuckle down and set up the rest of the year… like the start of the second half of a sports game or production we need to be present with passion and energy.
Is school just happening to your son, or with your son, or is he becoming a leader of his learning?
A key competency of the New Zealand Curriculum is labelled “Managing Self” and this means your son is ready to work, managing his behaviour and being his best self. We are here to help and please consider using the upcoming parent-teacher interview and Mentoring interviews to discuss this.
Jesus is a wonderful example of being engaged with a mission. He was always present as a servant leader, with time for others and a clear understanding of his purpose.
Hope and Engagement are not just pretty ideas. They are evidence of hard work. Here at STC we believe that everyone is designed by God to be great and that we can “do all things through Him who strengthens us.” (cf: Philippians 4:13)
Send me your thoughts, or pop in for a chat anytime.
Yours in Christ,
Director of Religious Studies