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Philosophy of Education

Good Samaritan schools commit themselves to a vision of
Catholic education which:

(a) draws on the strength of the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition

We value:

  • the dignity of each person
  • an academic school environment which is at the forefront of modern educational developments
  • a love of learning
  • a holistic view of education and an integrated curriculum which will challenge and foster the creativity, initiative and ability of each student
  • respect for individual differences so that “the strong have something to strive for and the weak nothing to run from" (Rule of Benedict 64:9)
  • the integration of faith and life
  • an appreciation of beauty and the diversity of cultural values
  • wise stewardship which reverences the earth and its resources
  • a balance of prayer and work

(b) is directed to the seeking of God

Life is a journey in search of God, the Creator, Word and Spirit. We reverence the Scriptures as nourishment and guide in the seeking of God. We express our longing for and praise of God in personal, communal and liturgical prayer. Because God has become one with us in Jesus Christ, we believe that our lived experience is the meeting place with the divine. Our plans and endeavours are so arranged “that in all things God may be glorified”.

(c) is centred on Jesus Christ and his mission

Personal commitment to Jesus Christ and his mission is central to our educational ministry. Inspired by the example of the Samaritan of Luke’s gospel and by Polding’s compassionate missionary vision, we commit ourselves to a Gospel way of life, responding with energy and creativity to the challenge of our social reality. We have special concern for, and aim to stand in solidarity with, those on the margins of society.

(d) is committed to partnership and to Christian community

Our educational settings, where we work in a spirit of collaboration, teamwork and partnership, witness to the possibility of Christian community. We aim to foster inclusive communities where all are encouraged to contribute with the “good gifts” given them (cf Rule of Benedict Prologue 21) and so build up the Body of Christ (cf 1 Corinthians 12).

(e) is committed to participative leadership

We acknowledge the key dimensions of educational, spiritual and managerial leadership. We affirm a leadership style which fosters the gifts and leadership potential of all members of the school community. Drawing upon the wisdom both within and beyond the school community, we promote a discernment model of decision-making.

(f) is responsive to its cultural context

The Spirit’s unifying force is what unites us in the midst of our cultural plurality. We recognise, accept and respect the differences among cultures and races in our school communities. We generously contribute to and critique the society in which we live.