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September Focus: A Discerning Believer

As we return to school in September, the faith focus for our students and staff members is the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectation of being A Discerning Believer.

As a Catholic Community, we are called to learn about and live out our faith.  Together in partnership with the home and church, our focus at St. Francis of Assisi School is on developing the whole child – mind, body and spirit – as we strive to promote experiences that infuse our faith and help students encounter God in every aspect of their daily lives.  Young people are taught that each person is special because they reflect the image and mystery of God, who is at the heart of every person and the world we inhabit.  The expectations of Catholic graduates are measured not only in knowledge skills, but also in attitude, values and actions.

Our students exemplify this expectation when they:

  • Illustrate a basic understanding of the saving story of our Christian faith;
  • Participate in the sacramental life of the church;
  • Actively reflect on God’s Word as communicated through the scriptures;
  • Develop attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good;
  • Seek intimacy with God through prayer and worship;
  • Understand that one’s purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life’s journey;
  • Respect the faith traditions, world religions and the life-journeys of all people of good will;
  • Recognize that “sin, human weakness, conflict and forgiveness are part of the human journey” and that the cross, the ultimate sign of forgiveness is at the heart of redemption;

The Halton Catholic District School Board is rooted in, and envisions education based on the true model of moral character, Jesus Christ. By incorporating gospel values into all of our pursuits, we work for the highest ideal of human character. Christ-centered character formation in our schools is guided and supported by the unifying Catholic themes identified for each grade, and are drawn from the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church.

Elementary PrincipalSeptember Focus: A Discerning Believer