Our Lady's School is a caring family where, with Jesus in our hearts,
we value everyone and encourage them to be the best that they can be.
Let no one ever come to us without leaving feeling better and happier.
(Inspired by Saint Teresa)
Our aim is for our children to leave us with a strong set of values. Values help children understand right from wrong. Strong values help to shape the mindsets and behaviour of future adults and enable us all to make a positive contribution in society.
We want our children to leave us understanding and having experienced the following values:
Children have experienced the value of friendship and knowing how friendships can enrich their life in many ways. Knowing that good friends teach you about yourself and challenge you to be better. Friends encourage you to keep going when times get tough and celebrate your successes with you.
Children know that honesty is telling the truth. They know that integrity is part of honesty, it means doing what is right. It means being fair. They know that it means being true to yourself and about yourself.
Children understand what kindness is and have experienced the positive mental and physical changes that happen when they carry out good deeds and show kindness to others.
Children understand that forgiving allows us to mend relationships, develop empathy, overcome disagreement and results in strong emotional health.
Children have the knowledge and strength to know what is right and wrong and that this will enable them to make informed decisions about their own lives and other people’s choices.
For our children to be thankful for their skills and qualities and to know that people who are grateful tend to spend less time comparing themselves with others and feeling envious. To know that being grateful can improve our self-esteem and support good mental health.
Children who understand the value of hope will be less likely to lose faith or give up. When obstacles are placed in front of them they won't allow themselves to be discouraged. Hope breeds resilience. Children who have hope are happier and more satisfied with life.
Understanding and having experience of fairness will stretch children’s ability to be patient as they will not always get what they want. Fairness lays the foundation for developing empathy and sensitivity towards others.
Resilience is important for children's mental health. Children with greater resilience are better able to manage stress, which is a common response to difficult events. Resilience is the ability to bounce back after challenges and tough times.