Mission / Vision & Theme
Our Board Vision:
Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ,
we transform the world with justice and peace
through Catholic education.
Our Board Mission Statement:
We proclaim our Catholic faith by:
Nurturing and celebrating the hearts, minds,
bodies and souls of our students.
Learning through faith, living with hope,
loving in Christ.
Teaching wisdom, teaching love…
creating a world in God’s Image.
Learning and Growing Together in Christ
Our Board Theme
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year.
I am very pleased to announce that our Board Theme, “Ignite the Light – Wake up the world” will continue to be explored throughout this school year and next, concluding in the spring of 2018.
Our theme draws its inspiration from three Scripture passages. Two are found in the Gospel of John: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12); “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5) The final scripture reference can be found in Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, “For once you were in darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8-11, 13-14)
The theme is also inspired by Saint Teresa of Kolkata who was called through a personal encounter with Christ to, ‘Come Be My Light’ and finally, by our Holy Father Pope Francis who reminds us, “The church must be attractive. Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of action, of living! It is possible to live differently in this world…It is this witness I expect from you!”
This new theme provides us all with the opportunity to be inspired and transformed within our intimate relationship with Jesus, and at the same time to move outside of ourselves to acts of mission where we will respond to the call to let Jesus inspire and transform others, through us.
Through the sub-themes of Gratitude, Belief, Love and Peace we will bring Christ’s light into the world. The light of our fully human lives will show others how real God is to us personally; how real God is in our homes; and, how real God is in our schools. By being inspired and transformed personally, we will ignite the light of others and wake up the world to a new way of living in Christ. This year the sub-themes will be explored through a focus on creation. An entirely new set of lessons have been created for the binder and new mentor texts have been provided to our schools.
I am extremely excited to witness how our theme will continue to ignite the light of Christ within each of us, and wake us all up to a new world within ourselves, our neighbour, and creation.
Yours in Catholic education,
Wm. J. Gartland
Director of Education