Values Statement based on the Spirituality of Catherine McAuley
We too ponder all that mercy implies: fidelity, compassion, forgiveness, loving kindness. Mercy regards simply the need of the other; it lifts up and supports; it gives without measure; it is always gracious and tender.
At St Joseph's School, we recognise and value the dignity of each person, parent, staff member and student. We encourage all to recognise and use their gifts for the benefit of all.
Be ever ready to praise, to encourage, but slow to censure and still slower to condemn.
We seek to work together with all members of the school community to provide a safe and nurturing environment where all are welcomed and appreciated. Through our Peacebuilders Program, we work to provide a school where all students feel safe and all members care and support each other.
We reach out to those in need in our community ever mindful to be continually thankful for all that we have. Try to meet all with peace and love.
We celebrate as a community the efforts and successes of all our members. As a community of believers we gather to celebrate in Liturgies, Assemblies and Rites of Passage the presence of God in our lives as we journey.
As a school community, we work to the best of our ability to open the minds of our students to new ideas and possibilities. We continue to develop our knowledge and understanding through on-going formation and professional development.
We recognise the brokenness in ourselves and reach out in compassion to those who seek acceptance, forgiveness and healing.
The gentle compassionate look
The kind word.
The patient hearing of sorrows.
- Catherine McAuley