“Being Catholic” means that, as a district, our Catholic faith is a foundation and embedded in everything we do. Our Catholic faith permeates all aspects of a child’s educational experience—in what we learn and how we live. All district schools have an established Catholic Community of Caring based on the values of faith, caring, respect, responsibility, trust and family.
We are all called to live out our faith every day at school, at home and in our community. The Bible and Church teachings help us make right choices that are for the good of us all. At school, we read and listen to Bible stories to hear the word of God, which provides direction on how we should live and work with those around us.
When we care for others we treat them with love and kindness. Jesus showed us many examples of what it means to be caring. He was kind to Zacchaeus even though no one else liked him or wanted to be his friend. He reached out to the lepers and cured them. He did not ignore them when they asked for assistance. Like Jesus, we need to be caring and look for opportunities to follow His example.
We are called to respect ourselves and respect others. God has created each one of us uniquely and has given us special gifts and talents. We are called to use our gifts to help others and make this world a better place. Being respectful means listening to others when they speak, remembering our manners, speaking politely and following home and school rules.
We have responsibilities at home, school and in our community. At home we might be given chores to complete. At school we are asked to be responsible students by completing our work and using our class time effectively. In our communities we are expected to be good citizens. One way to demonstrate good citizenship is by not littering and being good stewards of creation.
When we trust others it means that we can depend on them to be honest and always do their best. We trust our parents to love, support and take good care of us. At school, we trust our teachers and other adults to help us to learn and become the best version of ourselves. We trust our friends to be respectful and honest, looking out for our best interests.
Jesus’ family was called the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary and Jesus). We use them as our model on how to show love, respect and caring for all family members. Our parents are our first teachers and will continue to be part of our education journey throughout life. Parents and teachers work together to help us learn and grow, to become contributing members of society.
Within our schools, we continue to build inclusive communities where respect for one another, our community and our diversity are celebrated. Using the Catholic Community of Caring values as building blocks, each school creates a positive school community and one way we are doing this is through the Champions of Students initiative. Every student has a champion at their school that advocates for them, believes in them and sees them for what they truly are--a child of God. This whole community approach creates a caring and respectful environment, while enhancing student learning.
Resilience is the ability to adapt to these challenges that may include stress, tragedy, trauma, threats, setbacks and loss. By developing resilience, we can better manage stress or feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. The ability to work together, navigate resources and thrive despite these challenges arises from skills of resilience.
Resilience: Adapting to life's challenges
Collaboration among administration, staff, students and parents is key in helping achieve our goal of working to eradicate bullying from the school environment.
Everyone belongs: Preventing & responding to bullying
Hazing is an issue the Calgary Catholic School District takes very seriously and does not tolerate. To successfully address the issue of hazing, the entire school community needs to be involved and share responsibility.
Creating safe & resilient school communities: Addressing the issue of hazing