What we mean by Jesuit Ethos

Finding God in All Things:  

  • A religious and ethical context that is apparent across the curriculum, and a sense of awe and wonder at God's goodness which is evident in all the features of school life.
  • An acknowledgement that all aspects of learning and teaching are relevant ways of encountering and responding to God. 
  • Staff and pupils respect all persons, reflecting the belief that God is present in the life of each individual.  Providing opportunities for theological reflection, days of recollection, short retreats, or adaptations of the Spiritual Exercises which are readily available to the school community.

Caring for the Individual:  

  • An ethos of care for all members of the school community. 
  • A curriculum which responds to the personal development needs of each individual, including extra=curricular activities, reflected in the allocation of resources. 
  • Admission and disciplinary procedures which embody this sense of care for individual development within the common good.

Showing Love in Deeds:  

  • Relationships within the school are characterized by selfless generosity, evident in concern for those in need, and attention to issues of social justice.
  • Adult members of the school community demonstrate this by their professionalism and generosity in support of pupils, of the school, and of one another.

Building Christian Community:  

  • The school proclaims its Catholic identity by striving to develop a faith commitment of Christ, and an understanding and practice of personal and public prayer appropriate to the age of the pupils
  • The school staff includes a chaplain who provides for the pastoral and spiritual needs of staff an pupils.
  • Religious education is seen as a subject with comparable academic rigor to other areas of the curriculum, and is resourced accordingly.
  • The school clearly and honestly presents  the fundamental beliefs of the Church in cooperation with the local diocese and the Jesuit province.
  • Concern is also shown for the spiritual and religious development of non-Catholic Christians and members of other faiths at the school.

Engaging with the Wider World:  

  • The school encourages pupils to contribute to wider society, providing opportunities to develop a commitment to the common good.  This is done through community links and service projects, work experience, and career guidance.
  • Not only does the school teach justice, but it also acts justly, for example in recruiting, supporting and retaining pupils from families of limited means, or who require additional learning or other support.
  • While the school affirms the basic goodness of human society, it also helps pupils to critically analyse injustice in modern culture, and encourages them to witness to Christ's message of love, justice and peace n that society.

Encouraging Excellence: 

  • All pupils are encouraged to develop their talents as fully as possible, and to use those gifts for others in the spirit of 'What more can i do? What more can I give?
  • Staff and pupils witness to excellence by their generosity in time, in energy, in compassion and care of others, in addition to their diligence at academic work. 

Cooperating in Jesuit Mission:  

  • The school has a clear Mission Statement consistent with the apostolic and educational mission entrusted to it by the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe.  This Mission Statement is regularly monitored and evaluated within the school.
  • The school participates in the apostolic works of the Society of Jesus through its adherence to the 'Characteristics of Jesuit Education' and the principles of Ignatian Pedagogy, as well as through active links with the Jesuit Education Delegate and other Jesuit schools and works.  
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