Fundamental to integration is the Special Character of the school. This is defined in the Integration Agreement as follows:
”The school is a Roman Catholic school in which the whole school community, through the general school programme and in its religious instructions and observances exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ. These values are as expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Bishop of the diocese.”
In a Catholic school the Special Character is also known as the Catholic Character. This is not something simply “added on” to what would otherwise be a secular State school. Nor does it merely refer to Religious Education, ceremonies and observances. The Catholic Character actually provides the framework within which the whole school curriculum is delivered; it is, in fact, integral to everything that takes place in the school, or on behalf of the school, and its community.
Properly observed and practised it also provides a climate of hope, inspiration and service for all members of the school community.
We are a Brigidine School because a group of Brigidine Sisters started the school in 1953 and were here until 1970 when the Josephites took over. Our Charism statement is particularly simple and very beautiful:
“Strength with Gentleness” and we feel this is appropriate for our school because we value strength of mind and gentleness of heart.
St Joseph’s Parish
Our school belongs to the St Joseph’s Parish. Monsignor Pat Ward is our Parish Priest. For further details on our parish please visit their website http://www.orakeicatholic.org.nz
Religious Education is an integral part of the curriculum at St Joseph’s Catholic School.
Children participate in Religious Education lessons for between two to three hours a week and will frequently have a home task from the day’s lesson. This is often a good opportunity for families to discuss the day’s learning and share with your child in this vital learning.