Ethos and Charism
The ethos and charism of the school express the assumptions, beliefs and values that the Catholic Christian community shares.
In a Catholic Christian educational context, ethos refers to the gospel values and Church traditions embedded in the everyday life and culture of the school. The word charism, in the tradition of the Church, refers to spiritual gifts used for the service of the whole community. St Kevin's school draws upon this rich heritage of spiritual gifts to formulate its own unique way of being and giving service to all.
Embedding Ethos and Charism
- St Kevin's school prayer is used throughout the school. Eg assemblies and classroom.
- St Kevin's school behaviour program and our school rules have been developed based on the Gospel values.
- St Kevin's celebrates days of Religious significance including: St Kevin's Feast Day, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day,
Ash Wednesday, Our Lady of the Assumption, Holy Week and Advent and other relevant feast days including St Patrick's Day.
- Every second Wednesday morning a nominated class leads a whole school Prayer Assembly.
Living the Vision and Mission
- In 2014, a new Vision and Mission statement was written by the School Board and staff. Our Vision and Mission statement is displayed in each of the classrooms and is on our school website.
- Throughout the year, St Kevin's school community recognises the contribution of staff and parents. A welcoming mass is held at the beginning of the year to welcome new staff and students. We celebrate School Officers Day, World Teachers Day and conclude our year with a volunteers assembly.
Communicating the Ethos and Charism
- Our school newsletter, parish bulletin and website reflect our Religious Identity to people in the St Kevin's and wider community.
- Religious iconography around the school reflects our history, traditions and our Catholic identity. Eg. The names of our buildings.
- Our Year 6 students when approaching graduation, design and create a piece of art which reflects our charism and history. This is always displayed in the school.