Nurturing Spiritual Growth

Schools exist to educate. In theory, academics and students’ academic success should come easily for any school.

If we take the above statements one step further, should schools also exist to help students strive to reach their full potential? If so, can academics alone be the barometer by which full potential is measured?

Catholic schools educate by focusing on the whole student because a student is more than the grade he or she receives on a test or report card. A student is more than just an intellectual being. He or she is an emotional, social, and, most importantly, spiritual being.

At St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, we do expect a lot from our students academically. We expect them to do their homework, be prepared for class, pay attention and participate in class, study for quizzes and tests, and do their best. We also expect that our students will listen to their teachers, treat others with respect, and be kind to all. As adults, we are mindful to model the behavior that we expect from our students. How can we expect our students to be respectful and kind to others if we do not do the same?

Our focus on the whole student is woven throughout our school day. It begins with morning prayers where we include prayer intentions on behalf of others because praying for others helps us grow as spiritual beings. As the school day continues, students learn and grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually because their day is spent in a supportive and caring environment whether they are in math class, religion class, or on the playground.

Focusing on the whole student helps them strive to reach their full potential in school and in life. It’s what we do at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School. All Day. Every Day.