A New Board Theological Theme Identified
The Halton Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the launch of our new theological theme,
Who Do You Say That I Am? (Mark 8:29).
The purpose of a theological theme is to provide a focus for students and staff that will guide what they learn through the curriculum, how they worship in community, and how they give witness to their faith.
The new theological theme, Who Do You Say That I Am?, will be implemented throughout our Board’s curriculum, and in our liturgical celebrations over the next three years (2013-2014; 2014-2015; 2015-2016).
An Image to Support Our Focus on Faith Theological Theme was created
The artwork showcased below, created by students and staff in Halton Catholic schools, is the culmination of many months of creative collaboration, coordinated by John Driscoll, Grade 4 teacher at Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School in Oakville. Mr. Driscoll initiated the creation of the design with his students, asking them to interpret, through their own creative expression, the meaning behind the words, ‘Who do you say that I am’. This activity was also undertaken by students from St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, St. Mark Catholic Elementary School, and St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School. The students worked together to come up with a ‘puzzle piece’ design, which would serve as the basis of the image. Each puzzle piece throughout the image features student artwork. Several puzzle pieces have been left blank throughout the image, offering an opportunity for further interpretation, and further exploration of the theme.
A Board Prayer to Support Our Theological Theme
The following prayer was written by staff to support of the new theological theme, Who Do You Say That I Am?:
Jesus, Friend and Teacher,
You ask us,
“Who do you say that I am?”
Thank you for inviting us
To know you more each day.
Quiet our minds
To hear your Word;
Open our hearts
To love you more;
For the more we know you,
The more brightly we reflect you.
You meet us in our every need,
Your love, new each day!
Guide us as we build your kingdom,
And find our home in you;
For you are the Lord,
The face of God,
And the breath of the Holy Spirit.
Unifying Catholic Themes for Each Grade, Kindergarten to Grade 12 were adopted
The Halton Catholic District School Board is rooted in, and envisions education based on the true model of moral character, Jesus Christ. By inculcating gospel values into all of our pursuits, we work for the highest ideal of human character.
- Christ-centered character formation in our schools is guided and supported by the Unifying Catholic Themes identified for each grade, Kindergarten to Grade 12.
- These Themes are drawn from the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church, and find their source in the Kindergarten to Grade 8 Religious Education and Family Life Education programs, and in the Grades 9 to 12 Revised Ontario Catholic Secondary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education.
- Catholic Curriculum Core Maps have been developed to support the Catholic Theme for each grade level and to assist the teachers in integrating our faith in every subject taught.
A Multi-Faceted Approach to Support Our Focus on Faith was adopted:
The Halton Catholic District School Board's School Improvement Framework is used to provide a systematic, multi-faceted approach to respond as a Catholic system to Ministry and Board initiatives.
To support ongoing implementation, resources were prepared to support Elementary Pastoral Animators, Secondary Chaplaincy Leaders and Principals in leading their communities.
Building on Success: Focus on Faith 2009-2011
Over the last two years, much time, energy and resources have ensured that curriculum is infused with gospel values, and presents a Catholic world view. The Catholic Social Justice themes and the essential questions that have been developed to support the themes through the curriculum maps, bring experiences of our faith in every subject taught in our schools.
The next phase of the Focus on Faith foundation will ensure that our Catholic world view permeates not only our content, but also our processes. The infusion and integration of Gospel values into the language, structures, and processes we create to develop school improvement plans, curriculum development, staff development, special education programs and instructional practices is essential in creating distinctive Catholic learning communities.
The intention is that our Focus on Faith initiatives provide an element of system coordination and support to many school-based activities, ensuring a greater level of consistency and support, while also enhancing the profile and importance of Faith-based initiatives within our schools.
Family Advent Activities 2014.pdf