The Joy of the Gospel is a fitting theme for this year's celebration of Catholic Schools Week and a perfect time to look at the "S" in S.P.I.C.E.S. The first "S" stands for Spirituality. Students in Diocesan Schools from Penticton to Cranbrook are provided with opportunities for prayer, worship and celebrating the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. As well, Staff members and Administrators have a strong personal faith and they strive to witness the Christian life and integrate that Catholic view of life into all curricular and co-curricular programs and activities. The involvement of the parish priest helps to build and maintain the connection between the parish and the school.
The Mission Statement for CISND states:
The Catholic Schools of Nelson Diocese, in partnership with the home and Church, strive to educate the whole child with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ as its foundation. By priests, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and parish members all working together, the students of the CISND become life-long learners and fine contributing Christian members of society.
During the week of February 5th through February 11th, a variety of events will take place and I encourage all our stakeholders to be a part of as many as are age appropriate and that fit into their calendars. Along with individually scheduled regular events, such as Open Houses, kick off Sunday Mass, and retreat days, there are opportunities to support Spirit Days, Ready Set Learn, Drama performances and a variety of parent workshops.
The Central Office Staff recognizes the blessings we have in our schools and hope many familiar and new faces take this opportunity to celebrate faith-based education. Thank you to all who have contribute to making Catholic Schools Week 2015 a special time of celebration.
As Catholic schools, we are committed to a bully-free environment in which children can learn, free from fear of harassment or violence.
Our curriculum goes beyond academics to develop the full child - physically, intellectually and spiritually - to set our students up for a well-balanced life.