Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen by accident! Growth in virtue and relationship with God takes commitment and practice. As young people grow up, discover their interests, develop habits, and get busier and busier, it becomes increasingly important to make time for Christ everyday. We encourage this at Immaculata in hope that our students’ faith will be an integral aspect of their daily lives during their high school years and throughout their lives. Here are some of the ways we strive to achieve this:
Teaching and encouraging faith in young people is one of our most important jobs at Immaculata.
Immaculata High School is all about teaching our students to put their best effort forward in all they do. Usually, in a school setting, people mainly think of this in terms of academics and perhaps sports. These are indeed integral to Immaculata but certainly not the end of it. We see our students beyond the textbooks and the gym floor. We see them as valuable individuals with a host of gifts and talents. It is our hope that these gifts and talents can be brought out in all our students so that they grow into the knowledge that they can individually make an impact on the world in all that they do. This ultimately creates young people who see themselves as leaders and instills in them the desire to use their skills and talents to give back to the community that has nurtured them.
Our students are required to commit to a minimum of 30 hours of general community service each academic year. (Most far exceed this commitment by following their own hearts and giving many more hours than expected.)
Regular participation in the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Our students work for social justice through the Global Opportunities Club and the Legacy Project for Inn from the Cold.
Our students support their local parishes by volunteering at church functions and serving in youth ministries.
Immaculata is blessed to have a very supportive parent community that is quick to volunteer their own time and energies to support our school wherever and whenever they are most needed, providing an example that is truly hard to beat.
Many compliments come our school’s way each year as our students, through their many activities, proudly display their Immaculata colours, whether it’s through their uniforms, dress-up clothes or simply from the way that they carry themselves as they participate in the community. Students from Immaculata High are hard to miss.
Most importantly of all, our young people carry these attitudes and skills learned with them long after graduation. We know this by the sheer number of alumni who frequently drop in to visit or from those that publicly acknowledge Immaculata High as contributing to the successes they experienced in their lives. Without a doubt, choosing a Catholic Education at Immaculata High School makes a difference.
Do Catholic schools matter? How can a Catholic school compete?
By most standards, the kids that enter the public school system eventually leave it quite satisfied. And when you add in the many non-religious or private academies available you have to admit that there are many different choices when it comes to education.
And don’t forget home-schooling. It may be time consuming but what other alternative gives a parent total control over their child’s educational development from within the safety of their own home?
Just beyond the doors of our churches and our homes, the world waits. The popular culture of today is more dismissive and hostile towards Catholic teaching than ever. And as much as we would like to wish otherwise we can’t escape the reality that exists: It’s tough out there for Catholics and if we’re going to preserve and strengthen our faith we’re going to need all the help we can get. We’ll need our families, we’ll need our churches and we will most definitely need our schools.
No other educational choice offered can duplicate the communal academic environment rooted in Catholic theology and belief that Catholic schools can. Every day, our students attend classes under a “cloak of Christ,” simultaneously living in the world but remaining protected from the harsh storms of its failings. The sort of spiritual “safe habour” this provides will only increase their chances at leading happy, moral and peaceful lives in love and service to God.
Does it cost more? Yes, public funding is minimal, but its absence allows our schools the freedom to ensure that Catholic morals infuse the school curriculum. It’s a small price to pay to have God in our classrooms.
Our diocesan schools adhere to, and often exceed, all provincially-mandated educational standards. Together, they offer an experience in academics, the arts and athletics that is second to none. Our teachers and administrators are caring and talented professionals who work hard to model Catholic principles and teaching in their own lives each and every day.
Our community is only as strong as those inside it, and the more of us that unite together in Catholic education, the better our schools will become. If you have children or grandchildren that do not currently attend one of our BC Catholic schools please consider doing so.
Do Catholic schools matter? Only if our Faith does, and when you really think about it, that kind of says it all.
We are blessed in Kelowna to have the support of many wonderful churches and parishes. Their tireless efforts on our behalf are sincerely appreciated.
They work hard to support Catholic education within our city each and every day.
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