2014 Report Summary
The children spoken to by the reviewers at St Benedict’s School were living testament that the school provides a child-centred, nurturing learning environment that focuses on the whole child and the achievement of excellence.
The new Principal is a visible role model who leads his faith community through example. In the short time he has been at the school, he has developed warm, supportive relationships with both the Board of Trustees and the staff. He is well supported by the Director of Religious Studies who works hard to ensure that the Catholic Character is enhanced and strengthened at the school.
Gospel values and the Brigidine charism underpin the interpersonal relationships and interactions of the school community where the sacred dignity of the individual, regardless of their needs, is valued and affirmed.
A strength of the school is its pastoral care of all members of the school community and the individual needs of students are identified and catered for.
Staff work collaboratively and endeavour to foster a student’s relationship with God through upholding Catholic traditions and teachings.
The national Religious Education programme is being implemented and lessons observed by the reviewers were well planned and delivered in a creative, child-centred way.
The Board of Trustees shows a commitment to the Catholic Character of the school and through regular self review ensure that it is maintained and developed.
The school continues to work closely with the local Khandallah/Ngaio Parish where the majority of the students live. Students attend Mass on a regular basis and parishioners enjoy their involvement. The parish priest is a very welcome visitor to the school and staff and students appreciate his input.
Reviewers are confident that St Benedict’s School will continue to provide an authentic Catholic education through consistently translating their mission statement into practice:
‘Developing our Children’s Minds. Guiding our Children’s Hearts.’