What should characterise an ideal Anglican school? Many of its qualities of course will be shared with good schools everywhere, whether run by the state or by denominational churches. An ideal school would evidence a commitment to learning, to justice, to individual achievement and to wholeness. Anglican schools will naturally value these qualities.
As an Anglican School in the Diocese of Brisbane, St John’s upholds the following characteristics:
Appreciation of diversity
The Anglican Church in its long history has come to value diversity as a positive good and a distinguishing feature of a civilised community. Anglican schools should enliven such appreciation of diversity and acceptance and the care ethic implicit in this respect for others.
High respect for intellectual endeavour
The teaching / learning ethic will show itself in hard work, intellectual rigour and openness to ideas and debate.
Commitment to tradition and dignity within school worship
The Anglican tradition of renewing ancient forms and sacraments to meet modern needs will be evident in the way the school community worships.
Anglican schools will use the richness of symbol, story and ceremony to promote their values and order their lives.
Sense of social responsibility
The service ethic and a commitment to social justice will be seen in the willingness of Anglican school communities to offer themselves to serve God and God’s people in the wider community as critical participants.
St John’s motto, “Faith, Service and Future,” underpins the Anglican Ethos in a variety of way. The crest which is worn by all students has a rich story. The colours and shape of the bishop’s
mitre represents our Anglican Ethos. The cross is symbolic of faith in Jesus Christ. The hands symbolise our commitment to social justice and serving God and the community.
Religious and Values Education
As part of the intellectual rigour and openness to ideas our student participate in Religious and Values Education. Youth need a solid moral foundation that is relevant and interesting. Religious and Values Education (RVE) is relevant to the students and takes seriously the scientific and technological advances. RVE reflects a respect for the history of faith throughout the centuries and the fundamentals of Christian theology.
As St John’s is an Anglican School we are unashamedly Christian. However, our teaching also reflects the reality that we live in a multi-faith environment and that the student is exposed to various aspects of religious beliefs and practices. The College emphasise respect and acceptance of all people, offering a solid foundation for students to make personal informed faith decisions.
The College’s commitment to the rich traditions of the Anglican Church is evident in the weekly worship services at both the Senior and Junior School. The weekly services incorporate symbol, story and ceremony.
Prayer Spaces in Schools
Prayer Spaces offer the opportunities to find a quiet environment for meditation, reflection and prayer.
We started Prayers Spaces in 2014 and the concept had been showcased at the State Anglican Conference. It will also be showcased at the national conference next year.