Cerdon College is a Marist School. We aim to lead our 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 underpin the structure of the school curriculum.
By giving life to her son, Jesus, 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. It provides, as far as possible, the best possible conditions for their growth 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:
Students in Years 11 and 12 have the option of studying Catholic Religious Studies or the Board Developed Studies of Religion Course.The school follows the ‘Sharing Our Story’ program of the Parramatta Diocese and completes all units of work outlined in it.
The Religious Education program is the core of the school’s curriculum.
The Marist Charism is integrated into all RE teaching programs.
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 Annunciation
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
Religious education is not confined to Religious Education classes. Homeroom classes begin the day with prayer, we gather as a community at assembly to pray together, and values education is an integral feature of all KLA programs.
Many religious experiences are provided to students that involve religious and parish staff to providing the 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.
In all things Christ
Aspire to great heights
As a school, we believe in and strive for:
- a Christ-centred community, with special regard for Mary and her life as an example for young women
- a quality education to prepare women to make their place in an ever-changing world
- effective teaching and learning which respects the talents and needs of individuals, and challenges them to reach their full potential
- a dynamic and diverse curriculum which extends beyond the classroom and encourages students to be responsible for their own learning
- shared leadership and collaborative decision-making within the school community
- the fostering of positive relationships in an atmosphere of care and respect for all people
- the creation of, and active concern for, an appealing environment which is safe and conducive to learning
- a community enriched through a sense of pride and belonging.