The wider goals of education
“A true education aims at the formation of the human person with respect to his ultimate goal, and simultaneously with respect to the good of society to which he belongs and in the duties of which as an adult he will have a share." Vatican II
“The proper and immediate aim of Christian education is to cooperate with Divine grace in forming the true and perfect Christian, that is to form Christ Himself in those regenerated by Baptism.....
For precisely this reason, Christian education takes in the whole of human life, physical and spiritual, intellectual and moral, individual, domestic and social, ... in order to elevate, regulate and perfect it, in accordance with the example and teaching of Christ.
Hence the true Christian, product of Christian education, is the supernatural man who thinks, judges and acts constantly and consistently in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ; in other words, to use the current term, the true and finished man of character”. Pius XI, 1929
A consequence of the fundamental conviction in the need for integral development is the concept of balance in the school curriculum. An appropriate mix of subjects offered leads to the well rounded development of each and every student. We are educating the whole boy not a specialist in a particular area.
Two fundamental characteristics which the Wollemi curriculum seeks to develop in each student are a critical mind and a universal outlook. A critical mind is developed through a philosophically sound curriculum, teaching which helps the student form his own reasoned opinions on issues, and formation in the virtues of sincerity and intellectual integrity. A universal outlook is largely a consequence of broad cultural exposure and the capacity to see the same human nature at work in all forms of genuine cultural expression.
PARED requests that we observe the following guidelines. Students are to:
(i.) meet the formal requirements specified by the Board of Studies in the Key Learning Areas:
|Science and Technology||Science|
|Human Society and its Environment||Human Society and its Environment|
|Creative and Practical Arts||Languages other than English|
|Technological and Applied Studies|
Teachers are required, from Years 3-12, to integrate computing skills into the various subject areas.
|Personal Development||Personal Development|
|Health and Physical||Health and Physical|
The Tutorial system, the mottoes and class councils all complement the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus.
(ii.) be encouraged to develop spiritual depth through systematic religious studies in the Catholic faith
Although these classes are optional for students who are not Catholic, it is one of the basic educational axioms of the College that formation of the complete person requires development of the spiritual dimension.
(iii.) be encouraged to grow in their character and values through the Human Virtues Program, the integrated encouragement of virtues in all facets of school life, and through training and participation in sport where the emphasis is on teamwork and sportsmanship;
Sport, and team sport in particular, is seen as an area which plays a fundamental role in the development of character. On the sporting field, boys readily learn virtues such as fortitude, courage, endurance, optimism, resilience, and cooperation with others.
(iv.) receive the opportunity to develop a cultural depth in their character by means of:
a) broad overview studies of civilization and culture;b) awakening of aesthetic taste through study and experience of art, music, literature, and drama;c) cultivation of a universal outlook through competence in a modern language and cultural exchange programmes;d) a thorough understanding of the foundations of western culture through study of a classical culture and its language, and cultural studies focussed on the development of western civilization; Artistic and cultural development is seen as important in building up the complete person. An appreciation of the Christian cultural roots of our own society and of the achievements of the civilizations around us is an important antidote to the materialism, superficiality and intolerance we can encounter in the world today.e) studies in philosophy as a basis of love for truth, the formation of a critical mind, and pursuit of one's Christian convictions;f) historical studies directed to an understanding of our times, and an appreciation of the capacity and consequences of man's free actions in the world.