While the academic success of a child is very important, most would agree that it’s even more important that their child grows up to be a good person. At the OCSB, we provide an education that respects the universal values of all faiths, grounded in Catholic principles. Along with striving to provide the highest quality education, we emphasize the importance of social responsibility. So you can rest assured knowing that your child’s education is grounded in positive values, which will help them develop into active members of the global community.
Providing a well rounded education
It’s about guiding the development of the whole child. We support the whole person’s mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth in a safe, diverse and respectful community. That means that along with encouraging students to achieve academic excellence, we focus on helping students develop into well-rounded adults ready to become the leaders of the future. Children are multi-faceted; they deserve an education that supports all aspects of their development.
Learning about world religions
Our schools provide a distinctive faith-based educational experience that includes religion courses in secondary school. As an educational activity, students will have opportunities for the development of knowledge related to religious literacy, concepts and ideas, not only of Catholicism, but also of the religions of the world and philosophy. The “family life” component of the courses include learning about healthy relationships, anti-bullying, and moral decision-making connected to life issues.
Building character using values
We’ve adopted a model for Catholic character formation, where Gospel values are at the foundation of our religious and family life teachings. Faith, hope, love, community, dignity of persons, excellence, justice, and stewardship for creation — these eight values motivate our students and add spiritual depth to their education. These themes permeate the culture of our schools as they are integrated into our curriculum and school life.
Our Spiritual Theme
To remind our students and staff about the values they are encouraged to behold, we adopt a unique spiritual theme every two years. Our Spiritual Theme or the 2016-2018 school years is “Sent to be the Good News.” This theme enables our staff, students and community to dig deep in the Gospel to make real and meaningful connections with our everyday lives. It is inspired by a passage from the Gospel of Luke which calls for us to bring the Good News to all learners and their families, and to rediscover and deepen our commitment to the gift of faith in our lives. We look forward to showcasing the ways in which our staff and students connect with this spiritual theme.
Meeting the graduate expectations
Students on a journey toward graduation from a Catholic school in Ontario are challenged to meet Catholic Graduate Expectations (CGE). This set of expectations encourages our students to adopt a lifestyle whereby they never give up their spiritual and academic quest for knowledge.
Developing the whole child
Sent to be the Good News