The ultimate outcome for the graduate of
Notre Dame Catholic High School is that he or she will
have gained a sense that they exist as a thriving expression of the life of God within them.
In order to see this outcome realized all programs at Notre Dame Catholic High School are infused with the Gospel values of Jesus Christ. These values are taught as we collectively practise the virtues of faith, love, hope, justice, temperance, fortitude, and prudence.
Faith … believing in God’s love for us.
Love … God reaching out to us and our reaching out to others.
Hope … acting out of the belief that God’s love transforms the world.
Justice … acting out of the love for the good of all.
Temperance … living a balanced life through simplicity and moderation.
Fortitude … living with strength and courage to do what is right in the face of difficulty.
Prudence … using faith, hope, love, justice, fortitude and temperance when making choices.
These seven virtues that symbolize Christ living through us and our actions in the world are brought to life each day through a variety of programs at the school. Each day begins with prayer as a reminder that we are not alone; that we are indeed, supported by a power greater than us that guides, heals and restores. Our weekly celebration of Mass in the school Chapel is an opportunity for each staff and student to enter into a mystagogical and personal relationship with Christ, by whose example of love and commitment, will transform our lives. Major liturgical seasons, including Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas are highlighted with school wide celebrations. These experiences build a sense of Christian community; thus all students and staff are required to participate fully. Social action programs are an integral part of the school and students are encouraged to dedicate some of their time to enhancing outreach programs to the disenfranchised people of our local communities and the global world. In all aspects of the Christian life, our hope is that we all strive to become the best version of ourselves so we may individually and collectively transform our world.
Our visiting Priests and Chaplaincy Leader are an integral part of our school community to assist in this journey. They assist in the development of school liturgical celebrations, retreats, outreach programs, religious education programs, restorative practices and peer ministry. The Chapel is available to students and staff for quiet prayer and reflection.
We invite students, their families and members of the greater faith community to bring their energy, enthusiasm and hope to the collective journey of becoming the best version of ourselves, as God has intended for us.
“Let all that you do be done in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:14
New Board Theme 2015-2017
Our new board theme for September 2015 to September 2017 is
Ignite the Light – Wake up the World
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 Blessed Mother Teresa 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!”
Our theme will bring to life our Board’s vision: Inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, we transform the world with justice and peace through Catholic education. Our theme is a personal call 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 respond to the call to let Jesus inspire and transform others, through us.
We are all called to answer a big question – How real is God? Through our lives – how we live each and every moment – 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.
Our sub-themes include: Gratitude, Belief, Love and Peace. Each sub-theme, in addition to the focus in September and June on the theme title itself, will be supported by rich mentor text that have been carefully chosen to build on the idea of personal inspiration and transformation, and at the same time designed to motivate everyone to mission – to move beyond self to help others.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis reminds us, “We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.” At Notre Dame Catholic High School we are all extremely excited to witness how our new theme will ignite the light of Christ within each of us, and wake us all up to a new world within ourselves, our neighbour, and creation.