Mission Statement of Education
We Notre Dame Educators of Our Lady of the Assumption Province dedicate ourselves in the charismatic spirit of St. Julie and Sister Mary Aloysia, to lead others in
· The Transformation of Society
· Our Respect for all Creation
· Our Trust in the Goodness of God
So that ALL MIGHT EXPERIENCE LIFE In its FULNESS.
PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES
By the end of his/her education in Notre Dame School, each student will have developed those values that not only enrich his/her personality but which will bring about a change in the present order of things in society where there will be equality and justice for all. Therefore, the following values are considered to be of prime importance:
PRINCIPLE 1: The Centrality of a Good and Provident God.
Objective: To develop a deep faith in God
a) Personal and group prayer to God whom she/he considers to be her/his loving, provident Father.
b) A deep inter-relationship with God that permeates her/his daily life and contact with others.
c) Acceptance of and respect for all religions through dialogue, reading and assimilating values from different scriptures, and participating in and celebrating others’ festivals.
d) Deepening and broadening of her/his religious convictions through catechism / moral science classes, skits, the use of audio-visual aids, panels, and group discussions, etc.
PRINCIPLE 2: The Human Dignity of Each Person as an Image of God.
Objective: To develop the full potential of each student
a) Inclusion and respect for all ethnic and religious differences: caste, creed, culture, language, gender, socio-economic status, and intellectual abilities.
b) Instilling of values counter–cultural to the world’s values of materialism, consumerism, pollution, wastage, etc.
c) Creating a culture of respect without distinction in all relationships.
d) Giving opportunities for students to express themselves through speaking, writing, acting, debating, dramatics, elocution, extemporaneous speeches, dance, music, and artistic activities.
e) Encouraging students in their ongoing quest for knowledge through research, reference work, field trips, and intensive study.
f) Inculcation of social virtues such as courtesy, refinement, responsibility, honesty, punctuality, obedience, loyalty, diligence, generosity, and modesty.
g) Physical development through athletic exercises, sports and yoga.
h) Affirmation of each child as being acceptable, good and lovable.
I) Fostering of individual differences that enrich and strengthen others.
PRINCIPLE 3: The Notre Dame Educator as a Gospel Witness.
Objectives for Teachers: To be effective, charismatic instructors / conveyers of knowledge and Gospel values
a) Living out of their vocation joyfully and vibrantly.
b) Relating to God in personal and communal prayer, drawing strength to meet all challenges
c) Sharing the ND heritage through faculty/staff meeting, celebrations, and programmes.
d) Preparing conscientiously for every class and activity assigned to them.
e) Treating one another with care and compassion without compromising discipline and development of moral character.
f) Stressing the importance of witnessing to God’s goodness and provident care in their lives.
g) Cultivating an awareness of nature and the environment and enjoying God’s creation in all its aspects.
h) Taking time to make their teaching environment as beautiful, orderly, and clean as possible.
PRINCIPLE 4: An integrated Education for Transformation.
Objective: To make students aware of the complex realities of the world and their response to them
a) Offering opportunities to experience solidarity with the poor and needy and an ecological consciousness on local and global levels.
b) Incorporating justice, peace and environmental issues within the curriculum.
c) Creating awareness of the inter-connectedness of the human family.
d) Teaching critical thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
e) Solving conflicts through the use of mediation, counselling, and special programmes.
f) Caring for Mother Earth by re-cycling and making wise choices about the use of energy, water, and the earth’s resources.
g) Acquiring of the following thinking skills: observing, recording quoting, illustrating, demonstrating, analyzing, outlining, summarizing, integrating, and evaluation.
h) Developing pride in the cultural and national heritage of India.