The vision for our school is based on the life and ideas of our Founder, St. John Henry Newman. Newman wanted to create a school that helped children develop the moral, intellectual and social skills to help them prosper in the world and stand up for truth. Today we stay loyal to that vision. We also draw strength and inspiration from the amazing life of Newman himself.
Newman’s life was one of personal growth and transformation, as he responded to his vocation and became a personal guide to others on matters of faith and morals, but also an influence on the world around him. His life and example spanned the Victorian era and left a legacy that influenced art, music, literature and church life. We want our children to develop a similar range of interests and, through their own growth and development, become agents for positive change in the world.
More than anything else, we live the motto Newman bequeathed the school, ‘Cor Ad Cor Loquitur’ [Heart Speaks to Heart] with an emphasis on being courteous and respectful, showing kindness, consideration and compassion with a willingness to forgive and be open to change. This is reflected in the relationships between the children and their teachers. It underpins the strength and spirit of our school community in which our children grow and begin to realise their potential and their contribution to society.
Five key aims are central to our mission:
- To respect each child as an individual and to give each child the confidence and self-esteem to develop his or her talents to the full.
- To develop the whole child: intellectually, morally, socially, spiritually, and physically.
- As a Catholic school, to offer the experience of living in a Christian community and to encourage a personal relationship with God through prayer and participation in worship.
- To challenge and engage all children through the activities of school life and through the teaching and learning process.
- To promote creativity, collaboration and critical thinking through the activities of school life.