A life is more than merely the acquisition of skills, and education is nothing short of the passing of culture between generations. Therefore, classical learning is emphasized at our school because:
- Truth and beauty are desirable for their own sake.
- All students should read well, speak well, and think well.
- We seek to incorporate our students into the two thousand year old wisdom of Catholic thought, history, culture and art.
True education has always rested on two presuppositions. The first is that truth is desirable for its own sake. It is good not for what it does, but for what it is. The second is that knowledge consists not in bending the truth to ourselves, but in conforming ourselves to truth. We can only conform ourselves to truth by freely embracing and loving it, and we can only love truth if we are enticed by its beauty.
Love of beauty has therefore always been integral to the discovery of truth and true education has always sought to form the heart and mind, reason and will, desire and knowledge. In short, education forms the whole person in light of truth, beauty and goodness.
The Vision Statement seeks to root a comprehensive understanding of education in a compelling and beautiful vision of reality worthy of students' love. This vision is intended to govern every facet of the school's life. Its aim is twofold: first, to communicate a certain body of knowledge; and second, to cultivate a certain kind of person, to develop as far as possible what is uniquely human in him, and so to equip him with the skills, habits and aptitudes necessary to embrace truth, and to become the person he was truly created to be. Immediately it becomes clear that no aspect of a school's life is truly 'extra-curricular' or falls outside of its core mission of education, because every aspect of its life—from the way the school prays, to the dress code of students and staff, the arrangement of furniture in the classroom, the paint and posters on the wall, the activities during recess, the way technology is used, and the songs the children sing—reflects the school's judgments and priorities about the meaning of its educational mission.
Everything a school does teaches something. Everything a school doesn't do teaches something. Everything a school does is education of some sort. The important thing is to be sure that it is good and coherent education, and that policies, procedures, pedagogical methods and the culture of the school are not at cross purposes with the vision.