Over the past ten years, much has moved forward at Donhead; major building development, advancements in technology and outstanding success at senior school entrance examinations, including scholarship success. However, despite this period of change and development, one constant has remained; namely, the core mission and identity of the school.
It is written just inside the main entrance that Jesuit schools are places where children are honoured, cared for and believed in. Every child in this school must be cherished for who they are, a child of God. This school seeks to take care of the person, first and foremost. 'Cura Personalis' in action.
This school has a clear mission. 1% of the world’s population receives a college education. The 99% are looking to the 1% to make a difference. This school exists to make a contribution to that mission. It seeks to educate young men and women of competence, conscience and compassion, who can ultimately make a real difference in the world. Within the stresses and strains of their busy daily lives, we hope they will understand the importance of making a difference to those who need their help most. We hope our alumni will serve the cause of social justice in the best way they can.
The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellentISI inspection, June 2017
We seek to do our very best for every child here regardless of their character, regardless of their ability, regardless of the amount of attention they may demand from us, and we do this out of respect for the difference they will make.
Finally, we live in a part of the world where education of the mind can tend to predominate. While understanding the importance of this, of course, we believe strongly that you must educate the mind, the heart and the soul together and that no one part is of more importance than the others. We want every child in this school to be the very best that they can be, in all aspects of their personal development, so that, ultimately, they will make the biggest difference they can make.
If what you have read so far inspires you, please do arrange a visit and come and visit our wonderful school. We firmly believe that the happiest children make the best progress. Children at Donhead are educated in an environment which allows them to grow and develop in a community, where they feel valued and which offers them great support as well as challenge. Our students leave the school equipped for senior school, for the world beyond and having made friends for life.
Mrs A Thackray