Cerdon College is a Marist School which aims to lead its students to an awareness of what it means to be a Christian in the tradition of the Catholic community. The religious teaching and liturgical life of the school form the underpinning structure of the school curriculum.
“I came that they may have life.” (John 10.10)
By giving life to her Son, Mary associated herself with Christ’s mission which is continued by the Church. As we are committed to Christ with Mary, we carry on this mission in our own time. Education, which is part of that mission, has as its basis collaboration with God in the recreation of the mind and heart of the young.
A Marist Education is therefore essentially personal and is directed towards the good of each individual. It is ‘child-centred’ and is based on a deep concern for each of our students, not in isolation but in the total context of their growth to maturity, providing as far as possible the best possible conditions for their self-affirmation within an environment characterised by a family atmosphere and the Spirit of Mary.
Unless parents fully support our Educational Policy it would be most unwise for them to choose this Marist Catholic School for their daughter. For as the Vatican Document ‘The Catholic School ’ reminds us:
“It is obvious that in such a demanding educational policy all participants must be committed to it freely. It cannot be imposed, but is offered as a possibility, as good news, and as such can be refused. However, in order to bring it into being and to maintain it, the School must be able to count on the unity of purpose and conviction of all its members.”
This is achieved in the following:
Presence of Mary
To Think, Judge, Feel and Act as Mary
Prayer – Mary’s Pondering Heart
Openness to the action and will of God, like Mary of the Annunication
In the world, but alert to opportunities for God’s action (Cana)
Concern for justice – personal, community and global (Magnificat)
Respect for each other
Sense of belonging
Welcoming cultural diversity
Willingness to do the unpopular tasks
Particular concern for the powerless and those on the margin
Sensitivity and gentleness
Generosity of Spirit, big-hearted
Transparency and genuineness in relationships
No to Greed, Power and Prestige
Willingness to work hard without fuss
Many religious experiences are provided to students that involve religious and parish staff to provide and opportunity for students to participate in the sacraments as well as having links with their local parish. Some of these experiences include:
Year 7 – House Induction Liturgy
Year 8 – Pilgrimage and Mass at Penrose Park, Retreat Day with Parish Youth Minister
Year 9 – Excursion to the Museum of Saint Mary MacKillop, Year Group Mass
Year 10 – Social Justice Day
Year 11 – Sr Kate McPhee sm leads Retreat Day
Year 12 – Retreat Day and Mass, Graduation Liturgy
Each Year group also participates in an Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Easter Liturgy and Advent Liturgy. The school community gathers for whole school masses three times a year for the Opening Mass, Chavoin Day Mass and Year 12 Farewell Mass.