"What can we say the kingdom of God is like? It is like a mustard seed which, at the time of its sowing in the soil, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown, it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade."Gospel of Mark 4:30-32
The aims of Jesuit education is ‘improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good’. Forming intellectually competent, good and virtuous young people through education has been the work of Jesuit schools since 1548. It is desired by parents for their children and an enterprise in which all teachers can share.
At Donhead we strive to ensure that the children are growing to be ...
- Grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
- Attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
- Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
- Faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
- Eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
- Learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
- Curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
- Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
We help them to do this by ...
- Encouraging them to know and be grateful for all their gifts, developing them to the full so that they can be generous in the service of others.
- Promoting the practice of attentive reflection and discerning decision-making: in teaching, in the examen, prayer and retreats; and through the practice and example of school leaders and staff.
- Being compassionate and loving in the way pupils are treated, especially when a pupil is in trouble; and by opening pupils’ eyes to those who suffer poverty, injustice or violence.
- Passing on the living and faith-filled tradition of Jesus Christ; by having persevering faith in the pupils, and by encouraging them, in turn, to have faith and hope in others.
- Developing an eloquent language which pupils can use to understand and articulate their emotions, beliefs, and questions, encouraged by the example of their teachers to be truthful in the way they represent themselves and speak about the world.
- The breadth and depth of curriculum; by excellence of teaching, and the creation of opportunities to become more learned and wise.
- Leading pupils to be curious about the universe and all human activity, and to take increasing responsibility for their own learning, and by providing opportunities for them to be active in the life of the school, the Church, and the wider community.
- Being a school community which is intentional in its way of proceeding to build-up quality of life; and which is prophetic in the way it offers an alternative vision of education and the human person rooted in the gospel.