In Catholic schools with increasingly diverse religious populations among students and staff, it is vital that Catholic educators at all levels examine the relevance of our schools to the needs of their stakeholders and to the needs of the wider society, including the Church.
A Catholic education was historically prized among many families as invaluable to the academic, spiritual and social growth and development of the child. It was seen to be in line with values necessary for the functioning of a healthy, progressive and wholesome society.
The present ongoing thrust towards strengthening the Catholic ethos in Catholic schools focuses, first and foremost, on promoting, nurturing and strengthening the bond between Almighty God and His people. The ravages of recent hurricanes, wild fires, earthquakes and the destructiveness of civil and international conflict expose the stark truth that material wealth is fleeting and insubstantial.