They aspire to teach love for wisdom, habituating each student "to desire learning so much that he or she will delight in becoming a self-learner. Teachers, both religious and lay, together with parents and school-board members, are to work as a team for the school's common good. Repeatedly the Holy See's documents emphasize the need for an educational philosophy built on a correct understanding of who the human person is. Archbishop Miller then observed, "Although Redeemer Pacific is only nine years old, it actually stands, and stands firmly, in a tradition that goes back 900 years. Papal interventions and Roman documents repeatedly emphasize that certain characteristics must be present for a school to be considered authentically Catholic. What steps are you taking to improve your effectiveness? Discovery and awareness of truth leads man to the discovery of Truth itself. This conviction about the nature of truth is too important for Catholics to be confused about. Pupil Discipline and Exclusion Policy Updated: 18/06/2020 999 KB. Miller has done all busy Catholic educators a great service. Christ is the Teacher in Catholic schools. Whole School Evaluations (WSEs) are carried out in primary and post-primary schools. Its duty to cultivate human values in their own legitimate right in accordance with its particular mission to serve all men has its origin in the figure of Christ. It is a concept which includes a defense of human rights, but also attributes to the human person the dignity of a child of God. A chapel, classroom crucifixes and statues, liturgical celebrations, and other sacramental reminders of Catholic life, including good art that is not explicitly religious in its subject matter, should be evident. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI: The central figure in the work of educating, and especially in education in the faith, which is the summit of the person's formation and is his or her most appropriate horizon, is specifically the form of witness. They should learn to be critical and evaluative. Such an impoverished vision of education is not Catholic. Every school, and every educator in the school, ought to be striving "to form strong and responsible individuals, who are capable of making free and correct choices," thus preparing young people "to open themselves more and more to reality, and to form in themselves a clear idea of the meaning of life" [The Catholic School, 31]. Ensuring their genuinely Catholic identity is the Church's greatest educational challenge. From there he sets out practical steps for those wishing to start a healing ministry in the local church, together with guidelines for good practice. Sometimes we forget that higher education, at least in the west, is a heritage of the Catholic Church. Closely following papal teaching, the Holy See's documents on schools insist that education is about truth – in both its natural and its supernatural dimensions: The school considers human knowledge as a truth to be discovered. Central to the Catholic school is its mission of holiness, of saint-making. Trust is fostered by listening to one another, by respecting the different gifts of each, and by recognizing one another's specific responsibilities. First, the bishop must integrate schools into his diocese's pastoral program; and, second, he must oversee the teaching within them. "The nobility of the task to which teachers are called demands that, in imitation of Christ, the only Teacher, they reveal the Christian message not only by word but also by every gesture of their behavior.". A third mark of catholicity is the emphasis on the school as a community – a community of persons and, even more to the point, "a genuine community of faith." BRAINTREE — The Archbishop Williams High boys soccer team did something on Saturday that no other team in school history might … Such a "Catholic" accreditation process would involve an internal review of the five benchmark indicators – as well as others that could be developed. Thomas Cranmer (2 July 1489 – 21 March 1556) was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I.He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See. . The same can be said about a failure to give clear witness to the Church's teaching on the sanctity of marriage and the inviolability of human life. Archbishop Miller said the archdiocese has “scrupulously observed” health mandates to help stop the pandemic. . Although Vatican documents on education do not cover lesson planning, the order of teaching various subjects, or the relative merit of different pedagogical methods, the Holy See does provide guidelines meant to inspire the content of the curriculum. All this says nothing more than the words from the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, so frequently quoted by Pope John Paul II: "It is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear. How do they describe such an anthropological vision? It is he who, through his Incarnation, is united with each student. Such collaboration is not only an ideal but also a time-honored ecclesial practice in the United States. It was one of the best days we have had and we will undoubtedly be getting Shaun back again to inspire future generations of tomorrows Scientists. John Wardle, former Rector of Bridlington Priory, has long experience in this area and is a wise guide. "We must always remember that, while faith is not to be identified with any one culture and is independent of all cultures, it must inspire every culture.". P. H Log In Log in. She hopes in his fidelity.” Archbishop Miller speaking to students and staff at St. Mark's College March 27. Like the marks of the Church proclaimed in the Creed – one, holy, catholic, and apostolic – so, too, does the Holy See identify the principal features of a school as Catholic: a Catholic school should be inspired by a supernatural vision, founded on Christian anthropology, animated by communion and community, imbued with a Catholic worldview throughout its curriculum, and sustained by gospel witness. It is Catholic because it prepares for a fully human life at the service of others and for the life of the world to come. The educational philosophy that guides Catholic schools also seeks to ensure that they are places where "faith, culture, and life are brought into harmony." This concern ensures that the student is seen as a person whose intellectual growth is harmonized with spiritual, religious, emotional, and social growth. Should not Catholic schools, precisely insofar as they claim to be specified by their catholicity, do something along the same lines? ", Intrinsically related to the search for wisdom is another idea frequently repeated in Vatican teaching: the confidence that the human mind, however limited its powers, can come to a knowledge of truth. Home Page. Home; About Us. With the threat of the secret police having bugged the room, the play provides a thrilling study of the effects of surveillance and political pressure on an individual's actions. Pope John Paul II reminded a group of American bishops during their 2004 ad limina visit: It is of utmost importance, therefore, that the Church's institutions be genuinely Catholic: Catholic in their self-understanding and Catholic in their identity. Nor is it for "clients" and "consumers" in a competitive marketplace that values academic achievement. In measured terms, the Congregation's document Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith describes the student-teaching relationship: A personal relationship is always a dialogue rather than a monologue, and the teacher must be convinced that the enrichment in the relationship is mutual. He often leads our Friday mass and Whole-School mass throughout the year. Their communion fosters appreciation of the various charisms and vocations that build up a genuine school community and strengthen scholastic solidarity. ", A Catholic school, therefore, cannot be a factory for the learning of various skills and competencies designed to fill the echelons of business and industry. They foster the proper friendship between them, since "an authentic formative process can only be initiated through a personal relationship.". Michael Guerra, former president of the National Catholic Educational Association put the challenge succinctly: "The first and most important task for Catholic schools is to maintain and continually strengthen their Catholic identity.". More than a master who teaches, a Catholic educator is a person who gives testimony by his or her life. UK, You can contact us at: The Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianist Order, had a vision for education that encompassed five principle characteristics of educating the whole person. Catholic News Agency World … The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, "Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools." [and] the ability to make judgments about what is true and what is false." Christ is "fitted in" rather than being the school's vital principle. Catholic educators do not want their students to say, "We had the experience but missed the meaning. Those responsible for these schools will, therefore, do everything they can to promote a common spirit of trust and spontaneity." A learning atmosphere that encourages the befriending of students is far removed from the caricature of the remote disciplinarian cherished by the media. It is not a question of convenience, but a partnership based on faith. John 8:28]. Indeed, "it depends chiefly on them whether the Catholic school achieves its purpose." The contemporary world urgently needs the service of educational institutions that uphold and teach that truth is "that fundamental value without which freedom, justice, and human dignity are extinguished" [Veritatis Splendor, 4]. the pressing challenge of clearly identifying the aims of Catholic education, and applying proper methods in Catholic elementary and secondary education. See why Moeller is leader in educating young men. Gen. 1:26-27). . If Catholic educators, parents, and others who dedicate themselves to this apostolate fail to keep in mind a high supernatural vision, all their talk about Catholic schools will be no more than "a gong booming or a cymbal clashing" (1 Cor. Mass should be celebrated regularly, with the students and teachers participating appropriately. The pupil council and staff have agreed that we are going to have one ceremony for this so that the whole school can celebrate ... School Show - 11/06/2019 16:22:11 We are really looking forward to welcoming you to our school show Red Riding Hood which will be taking place on Tuesday 18 th of June at 1:30 and Wednesday 19 th of June at 3:30. It is important that the bishop be involved in Catholic schools not only by exercising veto power – whether over texts, curricula, or teachers – but also by taking an active role in fostering the specifically Catholic ethos of schools under his jurisdiction. Now, more than in the past, teachers and administrators must often encourage parental participation in the school's mission and life. Rather, the Catholic school must embody its genuine catholicity even apart from such programs and projects. Complementing the primary role of parents in educating their children, such schools, which should be accessible, affordable, and available to all, build up the community of believers, evangelize the culture, and serve the common good of society. Let us now look at each of the marks that give a school a Catholic identity. Provider Access Policy Updated: 18/06/2020 532 KB. . What educators do and how they act are more significant than what they say – inside and outside the classroom. Last year he was sponsored by Canterbury House and this year he is being sponsored by Durham House, through a variety of charitable fundraising endeavours. Theirs is a supernatural calling and not simply the exercise of a profession. As we have seen, the Catholic school would betray its purpose if it failed to found itself on the person of Christ and his teaching: "It derives all the energy necessary for its educational work from him.". The ible Society Award for the most influential theologian. Catholic schools, then, safeguard the priority of the person, both student and teacher. Here, after a preliminary statistical look at the state of Catholic education in America, Archbishop Miller explains the Church's position on parental and governmental rights and obligations in education. The archbishop chairs the Catholic Education Service (CES), which oversees the church’s 2,230 schools in England and Wales, of which 2,101, educating 811,917 … The gospel of Jesus Christ and his very person are to inspire and guide the Catholic school in every dimension of its life and activity – its philosophy of education, its curriculum, its community life, its selection of teachers, and even its physical environment. Traditional Catholic devotions should also have their place: praying the Rosary, decorating May altars, singing hymns, reading from the Bible, recounting the lives of the saints, and celebrating the Church's liturgical year. The very fact of the Incarnation tells us that the created world is the means God chose to communicate his life to us. Website Menu. chap. Here are some examples of the charitable work that we do. In an age of information overload, Catholic schools must be especially attentive in their instruction to strike the delicate balance between human experience and understanding. Bishop Milner is an 11-18 Catholic College and part of the St John Bosco Catholic Academy. The sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation in particular should mark the rhythm of a Catholic school's life. As John Paul II straightforwardly affirmed, "Bishops need to support and enhance the work of Catholic schools.". The gospel spirit should be evident in a Christian way of thought and life which permeates all facets of the educational climate. Authentic Catholic educators recognize Christ and his understanding of the human person as the measure of a school's catholicity. Pupils write to Elvis, an 11 year old child from Mexico. Website design by Appletree Design Solutions Ltd. York Courses Limited is registered in Cardiff – Company Registration Number 6158569. The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools, ch. Since the school is rightly considered an extension of the home, it ought to have "some of the amenities which can create a pleasant and family atmosphere." Without this spiritual path, all external structures of cooperation serve very little purpose; they would be mere mechanisms without a soul. THE ARCHBISHOP’S SCHOOL Canterbury LEA area: Kent Unique reference number: 118898 Headteacher: Mr A. Hogarth Reporting inspector: Gulshan Kayembe 2901 Dates of inspection: 24 th – 28 January 2000 Inspection number: 187685 Inspection carried out under section 10 of the School Inspections Act 1996. Our Curriculum . Menu. Archbishop’s School of … Healing and Wholeness. Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" We provide high quality teaching and learning in a modern environment where the traditional Christian values of love, care and respect are always in evidence. What is human and visible can bear the divine. The inquiry focuses on the diocese of Chichester in West Sussex. It is the Catholic faith that provides young people with the essential principles for critique and evaluation. All too many Catholic schools fall into the trap of a secular academic success culture, putting their Christological focus and its accompanying understanding of the human person in second place. Written by the Revd John Wardle. The school community is smaller than most secondary schools enabling us to provide a personalised approach to education. A final indicator of a school's authentic catholicity is the vital witness of its teachers and administrators. Such a position would foster the misunderstanding that faith and life can be divorced, that religion is a merely private affair without doctrinal content or moral obligations. Sustained by Gospel Witness. The Congregation's Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School sums up this new emphasis: The declaration Gravissimum Educationis notes an important advance in the way a Catholic school is thought of: the transition from the school as an institution to the school as a community. If boys and girls are to experience the splendor of the Church, the Christian example of teachers and others responsible for their formation is indispensable, and no effort should be spared in guaranteeing the presence of such witness in every Catholic school. While Catholic schools conform to government-mandated curricula, they implement their programs with an overall religious orientation. Archbishop Miller greets Catholics after Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Powell River. In its document The Catholic School, the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education states: The Catholic school is committed thus to the development of the whole man, since in Christ, the perfect man, all human values find their fulfillment and unity. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke at a child sexual abuse inquiry on Wednesday in London. 9. They promote solidarity, mutual enhancement, and joint responsibility in the educational plan, and, above all, they give an explicit Christian testimony. It is the call of every Catholic to be a part of the mission of Jesus Christ, he said. Hypocrisy turns off today's students. Even though consecrated men and women are now few in the schools, the witness of their collaboration with the laity enriches the ecclesial value of educational communities. . The catholicity of American schools also depends largely on the bonds of ecclesial communion between bishops and Catholic educators. It is precisely because of its Catholic identity, which is anything but sectarian, that a school derives the originality that enables it to be a genuine instrument of the Church's evangelizing mission. Mary alone held the whole hope of the Church in her heart. In an ad limina address to a group of American bishops in June 2004, Pope John Paul II summed up this point: "The Church's presence in elementary and secondary education must . Still, we must always take special care to avoid the error that a Catholic school's distinctiveness rests solely on the shoulders of its religious-education program. By Jay N. Miller. In particular, pastors should set in place "specific programs of formation" that will enable the laity to take on responsibilities for teaching in Catholic schools. Teachers, administrators, bishops, parents, and school-board members would all take part in the review. The specific purpose of a Catholic education is the formation of boys and girls who will be good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor and enriching society with the leaven of the gospel, and who will also be citizens of the world to come, thus fulfilling their destiny to become saints. John 1:9). Despite the difficulties sometimes involved, those responsible for hiring teachers must see to it that these criteria are met. Vatican documents speak of an education that responds to all the needs of the human person: The integral formation of the human person, which is the purpose of education, includes the development of all the human faculties of the students, together with preparation for professional life, formation of ethical and social awareness, becoming aware of the transcendental, and religious education. . I would like to conclude this essay with a suggestion that might help to strengthen the Catholic identity of America's elementary and secondary schools. "During childhood and adolescence a student needs to experience personal relations with outstanding educators, and what is taught has greater influence on the student's formation when placed in a context of personal involvement, genuine reciprocity, coherence of attitudes, lifestyle, and day-to-day behavior." Translate / Traduire / Übersetzen / Tłumaczyć / Išversti / Tulkot / Traducir . These benchmarks help to answer the critical question: Is this a Catholic school according to the mind of the Church? This collaborative and systematic exercise of assessing a school's catholicity would serve to identify, clarify, and strengthen its effectiveness in its service of Christ and the Church., © York Courses 2017. John lists resources (books and organisations) and the booklet ends with frequently asked questions, including : York Courses, Furthermore, young Catholics, in a way appropriate to their age, must also learn to make judgments based on religious and moral truths. That the Catholic school is an educational community "is one of the most enriching developments for the contemporary school." Such prayer teaches students that they belong to the communion of saints, a community that knows no bounds. An integral education aims to develop gradually every capability of every student: his or her intellectual, physical, psychological, moral, and religious capacities. is specifically the form of witness. A school's physical environment is also an integral element that embodies the genuine community values of the Catholic tradition. This goes beyond the personal relationships of those involved. Follow him @FrMarky for more information. As "experts in communion" because of their experience in community life, religious foster those "human and spiritual bonds that promote the mutual exchange of gifts" with all others involved in the school. During these inspections, we evaluate the quality of the school management and leadership, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the school's own planning and self-review. The more profound foundation for such trust is shared adherence to the person of Jesus Christ. be the object of your special attention as shepherds of the People of God." The Church sees education as a process that, in light of man's transcendent destiny, forms the whole child and seeks to fix his or her eyes on heaven. ", Knowledge and understanding are far more than the accumulation of information. Educators and ecclesial authorities should cooperate closely in fostering a school's catholicity. This witness becomes a proper reference point to the extent that the person can account for the hope that nourishes his life [cf. To be integral or complete, Catholic schooling must be constantly inspired and guided by the gospel. They look at outcomes that can be measured, using a wide variety of means, and ask the schools to show that they use the results of their assessment to improve their mission effectiveness. Finally, it proposes Christ, Incarnate Son of God and perfect Man, as both model and means; to imitate him is, for all men and women, the inexhaustible source of personal and communal perfection. In the United States, various accrediting agencies monitor the institutional effectiveness of schools' educational activities. With trust comes dialogue. This communal dimension is rooted both in the social nature of the human person and in the reality of the Church as "the home and the school of communion." . "The more completely an educator can give concrete witness to the model of the ideal person [Christ] that is being presented to the students, the more this ideal will be believed and imitated.". John Wardle, former Rector of Bridlington Priory, has long experience in this area and is a wise guide. Education is not a commodity, even if Catholic schools equip their graduates with enviable skills. Click to access the login or register cheese. . How does a Catholic school know whether it is achieving its specific mission? A primary way of helping Catholic students become more committed to their faith is by providing solid religious instruction. Miller led a one day in-service in Radville, SK for the teachers of the Holy Family Roman Catholic School Division. Both bishops and educators, whether singly or in associations, should avail themselves of open, sincere, and regular dialogue in their joint efforts on behalf of Catholic schools. While their demands are high, perhaps sometimes even unreasonably so, if teachers fail to model fidelity to the truth and virtuous behavior, then even the best of curricula cannot successfully embody a Catholic school's distinctive ethos. Indeed, "only the bishop can set the tone, ensure the priority, and effectively present the importance of the cause to the Catholic people." It strives to develop virtue "by the integration of culture with faith and of faith with living." The bishop's particular responsibilities include ensuring that teachers are sound in their doctrine and outstanding in their integrity of life. It is Catholic because it undertakes to educate the whole child, addressing the requirements of his or her natural and supernatural perfection. He lists resources (books and organisations) and the booklet ends with frequently asked questions. Children will pick up far more by the example of their educators than by masterful pedagogical techniques, especially in the practice of Christian virtues. The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, was born in Ottawa, Canada, on July 9, 1946. Christ is not an afterthought or an add-on to Catholic educational philosophy; he is the center and fulcrum of the entire enterprise, the light enlightening every boy and girl who comes into a Catholic school (cf. Star Ratings Stars - 2019 Stars - 2018 Stars - 2017; Attainment: 1: 1: 2: Progress: 1: 1: 1: Attendance: 1: 1: 2: Outcomes: 3: 4: 1: What Ofsted says about this school. . In the Council texts, the community dimension is primarily a theological concept rather than a sociological category. If Catholic schools are to be true to their identity, they will suffuse their environment with a delight in the sacramental. The prophetic words of Pope Paul VI ring as true today as they did more than thirty years ago: "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." A spirituality of communion should be the guiding principle of Catholic education. Welcome; Contact Details; Visions and Values. The Holy See's documents insist that, in order to be worthy of its name, a Catholic school must be founded on Jesus Christ, the Redeemer. He asks: ‘What is Christian healing?’ and goes on to consider healing in the New Testament and in today’s Church and world. Reprinted with permission of Sophia Press and the author, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB of Vancouver, B.C. Familiarity will make a personal relationship easier, but a certain distance is also needed. In Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith, the Vatican proposes a response: In today's pluralistic world, the Catholic educator must consciously inspire his or her activity with the Christian concept of the person, in communion with the Magisterium of the Church. The Incarnation, which emphasizes the bodily coming of God's Son into the world, leaves its seal on every aspect of Christian life. The syllabi for the teaching lessons have been designed to be a framework for the achievement of this aim, and to ensure that every student leaving this school has a firm knowledge and understanding of our faith. 1999 A Bible school was opened in St Michael's and all Angels' Church in Kemmendine. Rather, "the Catholic school sets out to be a school for the human person and of human persons.". Spiritual Life. The Kleenex Award for personal tragedy goes to Archbishop Tate. Because of this complementarity of the natural and the supernatural, Catholic educators should have a sound understanding of the human person that addresses the requirements of both the natural and the supernatural perfection of the children entrusted to their care. Elementary schools "should try to create a community school climate that reproduces, as far as possible, the warm and intimate atmosphere of family life. A primary way to foster a school's catholicity is by carefully hiring men and women who enthusiastically endorse its distinctive ethos, for Catholic education is strengthened by witnesses to the gospel. This community dimension is, perhaps, one result of the new awareness of the Church's nature as developed by the Council. Catholic schools do far more than convey information to passive students. To fulfill their responsibility of speaking about the Father, educators in Catholic schools, with very few exceptions, should be practicing Catholics who are committed to the Church and living her sacramental life. A second principle that derives from communicating a Catholic worldview to children is the notion that they should learn to transform culture in light of the gospel. As the Code of Canon Law states, "Pastors of souls have the duty of making all possible arrangements so that all the faithful may avail themselves of a Catholic education. This includes an adequate physical plant and adequate equipment. Nothing is further from the position of the Holy See. Mindful of redemption in Christ, the Catholic school aims to form in its pupils those particular virtues that will enable them to live a new life in Christ and help them to play their part in serving society and the Church. What steps is it taking to foster its catholicity? A very sad little award this. Catholic teachers are to cultivate in themselves and develop in others a passion for truth that defeats moral and cultural relativism. Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career with the Indiana Pacers. Thus, every educator and witness finds an unequaled model in Jesus Christ, the Father's great witness, who said nothing about himself but spoke as the Father had taught him [cf. TRANSLATE M; Aspire; Google Services Google Translate. 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