The first goal of Sacred Heart education is a personal and active faith in God. It comes first because it is the fundamental purpose of our educational efforts. It asks us the big questions. This graphic draws some of them out.
The following criteria are used to assess the success with which a Sacred Heart school has promoted personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom: The School fosters genuine respect, concern and support for each member of the school community. The School enables all of its members to grow towards wholeness through realization of their individual potential. The School encourages self-discipline, guiding students to take responsibility for their own lives and actions. The School provides opportunities and training for the development of leadership.
These criteria are used to assess the success with which a Sacred Heart school has promoted building community as a Christian value: The School invites all its members: students, parents, staff, alumnae and members of associated groups, into active participation as a community. The School community welcomes students from varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. It provides students with opportunities to understand and appreciate differences of race, religion and culture. The School offers students a positive experience of community and a preparation for responsible citizenship. The School aims to prepare students to live cooperatively in a global and technological
The following criteria are used to assess the success with which a Sacred Heart schools has promoted a social awareness that impels to action: The School curricula, policies and practices offer students opportunities for reflection on, and evaluation of, society and its diverse values. The School encourages students to be involved in social justice programs. Students are encouraged to value and protect the natural environment through an awareness of ecological issues. Christian values form the basis of the Schools’ structures, curricula, policies and practice.
The following criteria are used to assess the success with which a Sacred Heart school has instilled a deep respect for intellectual values: The School encourages a love of learning. The School encourages staff and students to aspire to personal excellence. The School offers curriculum that is pertinent and challenging – promoting the creative use of the imagination, ethical and aesthetic values as well as reflection, analysis and synthesis. The School nurtures and celebrates the diverse gifts of the students and caters for different learning styles.
The following criteria are used to assess the success with which a Sacred Heart school has addressed the goal of promoting a personal and active faith in God. The School recognizes its life force in the love of Jesus Christ. The School provides students with meaning and hope by exploring the relationship between God, the human person and the world in the light of Catholic teaching and tradition, particularly in the Religious Education program. The School teaches respect for the various religious traditions of the world. The School celebrates its life in the Eucharist, the other Sacraments and in a variety of religious rituals.