Catholic education seeks to give our children a holistic education for life, centred on the Catholic faith.
At St. Stephen’s School, teachers and students believe that the love of Christ binds everyone together as children of God and that the learning of religious truth is fundamental in education. They live their faith as one community, with one heart, mind and spirit, to become the persons that God wants them to be
In this feature, three students from St. Stephen’s School share their experiences of their Catholic education and how it has shaped them.
I enjoy being in a Catholic school because I get to learn more about God.
We have mass in school and I can attend mass with my friends. The prayer room is where we go to for prayer and it is comforting. I have a rosary in my bag all the time, so I can pray the rosary anytime.
God has given me a wonderful family and a beautiful school. I can feel the presence of God all the time. I can see God in the teachers and in the people who come to share with us about our faith and about God.
Living the Values of Christ
I want to be compassionate to others as God is compassionate to us. I want to love my family and share my love with my friends.
One way I do this is by helping my friends when they are struggling in their school work, and guiding them in their problems with their homework. By showing them love in this way, I hope they will experience God’s love through me, and share the love with others.
Another way I show love is by sharing with my friends about God and the parables in the bible. This has helped us strengthen our relationship and we have become good friends.
While I need to focus on my studies and seek God’s help to do well, I believe God is telling me that my family is important to me. I want to have close relationship with family and extended family, and remain close to them.
Now that we are going through the COVID-19 pandemic, there are lessons to be learned, such as not taking things for granted, taking responsibility for our actions and helping each other go through the most unfortunate events. We can all learn from one another and it is a blessing to be able to do so.
I pray that the Church will continue to nurture young people like me; that people will love God, love one another and make a difference in this world.
Being in a Catholic school means being able to learn about God and being guided in the right path.
I trust God, and believe that He is always with me. Stress is present in school work and with our Catholic environment, we learn to trust God in managing our stress. Whenever I have negative thoughts, I will turn to the crucifix in front of me and this gives me comfort and reminds me He is here with us.
I stay connected to my faith by praying regularly, and paying attention during catechism classes. We have 3 catechism teachers who are parent volunteers and they are like Mother Mary. They are very patient, and it is a blessing to learn from them.
Living the Values of Christ
Faith is a key value in my life. I cannot see God but I can feel him. We need to believe that God is always with us, we need to trust in Him to build strong bonds with Him.
Another important value for me is the willingness to repent. When we sin, we are separated from God. We must then repent, and re-establish our relationship with God.
In anything that we do, we cannot assume that we know everything. We need to stay humble as humility is the way to God.
My prayer for the Church – thank you for the churches we can worship in and learn about God; thank you for the online avenues to attend mass even during this COVID-19 period. Thank you God for being kind and close to us all the time; give us the strength and faith to believe and to live your plan.
I am about to leave my primary school and will be going on to the next chapter of my life. I wish to continue my secondary education at St Patrick’s School. Though I am not completely prepared, I am sure God will help me.
I like being in a Catholic school as it allows me to stay connected to my faith and I can contribute to the community.
In school, we can pray anywhere, not just in the prayer room. Before the exams, I had a friend who was very nervous. We sat together to pray and that helped.
At all times, I pray for the health and well-being of everyone. I wish the best for everyone and for them to live the best they can. I pray too they will always turn to God and trust in God to help us.
Living the Values of Christ
Kindness is very important to me. The way we treat others should be the same as the way we treat ourselves.
I strive to bring kindness to others, so the person can pay it forward and share kindness with others. This is because simple act of kindness can spur others to do the same. When one feels the joy and gratitude from an act of kindness, he or she will likely share that same to others.
Forgiveness is important as well; we must not hold grudges, but must move on. Humility is important too and it influences the way we behave and treat other people. If I score well, I should not boast about it but console my friend. I need to think about the feelings of others.
We should all try our best to do good in the community, be kind and let that grow. Sometimes we do not always get positive reaction, and may get rejected. But we need to understand that some people are not ready to receive our kindness. We should pray for them and hope that they get the help they need eventually.
I pray that we will continue to be one strong Catholic community, connected and at peace; and that we can continue to attend mass and be connected to God.