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.
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.
Renewing the Promise – A Pastoral Letter for Catholic Education
The Institute for Catholic Education has released Renewing the Promise, a pastoral letter which provides us with a very positive and affirming message. The letter uses the scriptural account of the Road to Emmaus as the basis for their reflection on the mission and vision of Catholic education, celebrating that a true encounter with Jesus can and does take place, each and every day within our Catholic schools. The Bishops encourage all who share responsibility for Catholic education to continue to nurture and strengthen Catholic schools as communities that exemplify, in word and in deed, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
“Every member of the Catholic school community should read the challenges laid before them in “Renewing the Promise.”
It is a strong letter of support for Catholic education in the same strong tradition as previous documents. It establishes a renewed direction for all parties by making calls for a new evangelization and for communities that accompany students by listening and teaching and by sharing the Eucharist.
By affirming the value of Catholic education and the good work being done in our schools, the bishops have laid out a clear direction for the Catholic school community as it moves into the next 20 years.”
Developing the whole child