What is a charism?
Charisms are genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ and the perfection of charity. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #800). As baptised members of the Church, the Holy Spirit can work through the fiat of each one of us for the good of all of us so that as one body Christ lives in us and works through us as we journey to the Father. In other words, our school charism is the gift of four Gospel values that we try to live by at all times, so that we and others can journey towards eternal life with God our Father.
Once again, every member of our community needs to know and understand our charism and what our values look like in action. The charism underpins all we do at school, it is woven into daily life and talked about with the children regularly.
At the beginning of each year the children and teachers unpack it and identify what it might look like, sound like and feel like. Each year level goes a little deeper so as to gain a better understanding. We hope it becomes a part of our students’ lives and that they take it with them when they leave our school.
Our School charism has been developed through our association with the Sisters of Mercy and the Dominican nuns who were the first to teach in our school. The charism of Respect – Manaakitanga, Unity – Kotahitanga and Compassion – Atawhaitanga are a part of the Mercy values and truth is a part of the Dominican values.