Mission Statement and Ethos
At St Bernard’s School, students are educated in a nurturing community where each person is loved and valued.
We aim to follow the example of the Bernardine Sisters in having prayer and worship at the centre of our lives.
With God as our shelter, we strive to be of service to others and uphold the Christian values of love, forgiveness and compassion that
Jesus taught us.
The distinctive charism of our school is based on strong foundations through established traditions of the Catholic Church and the specific legacy of the Bernardine Sisters who founded the school. This is best lived out by the strong prayer life and the positive relationships within the community that enable all that we do.
The mission and vision of St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School is to create an environment in which all our members will experience a deeply held faith and a commitment to Catholic values used to shape our sense of belonging.
It is in this climate that we make it our purpose to enable all pupils to achieve excellent academic results and fulfil their God given potential so that they are equipped to go out into the world to be of service to others.
The Charism of the school looks to the needs of all students so that the whole person is educated and enabled to grow so that they develop and exhibit the virtues that allow them to live as unique and created individuals who care for their place in our Common Home, and to understand how they contribute to the Common Good locally, nationally and globally.
Our Mission Statement captures the essence of what we believe in and encourages us in all that we do. We constantly remind pupils of the values and principles that we share as a community; love, prayer, work and service.
- To promote the spiritual life of the School Community by giving primacy to worship and prayer together.
- To develop the potential of all students by encouraging them to learn for themselves in a search for knowledge and truth and to strive for academic excellence.
- Provide students with the means to take an active part in the field of their choice, with a full and responsible understanding of the rapidly developing world in which they live.
- To provide an opportunity for the balanced development of the student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, personal, and physical qualities.
- To foster an appreciation of those things which add quality to life, by developing creative and artistic gifts and skills.
- To be a place of Christian service where all are sensitive to the needs of others; where there is a determination to promote human rights and a recognition of the corresponding duties; where a sense of justice is fostered and an awareness that all people have an equal value.
- Most importantly, in partnership with the home and parish, to help all members of the School Community to live the Gospel values of reconciliation and forgiveness and to respond in a Christian way to the challenges of life with its joys and sorrows.
- To support all students in being able to achieve a loving relationship with God and all creation; to make the appropriate moral decisions; and to grow towards a mature faith.