WISDOM • HOPE • COMMUNITY • DIGNITY • EQUALITY
At St Hilda’s we are a family and we make decisions together. We looked carefully at the values we had already; of which there were 8. We then reflected on them and wanted to see if they represented who we are. The Church of England had also looked at their values for education and educating our young people. We adopted the Church of England’s values of education for Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity as they fulfilled our own values as a school. First of all we had a PSHE session with all of our students across all year groups where they discussed the suggestion we should adopt the 4 values, but they were asked to think of a 5th value too. Overwhelmingly our students suggested the value of Equality to add to the 4 values. This sums up the students of St Hilda’s. Their acceptance of diversity and valuing individuality reflects the calibre of students and the family in which we live day to day.
Educating the whole person – the bedrock of our success
St Hilda’s helps young people to develop intellectually and physically, and to identify and develop the skills they need for life. Crucially, we provide a social and spiritual community in which the whole person can be educated.
Modern western education still stands on the foundations laid by ancient monasteries. Our school motto laborare est orare recalls St Benedict’s statement: “work is prayer, and prayer is work”. It sums up the foundation of our school – hard work and prayer. Every school day begins with an act of worship, often led by pupils themselves. Communion services attended by the whole school are held three times a term. One of the highlights of the school year is the annual Carol Service for all pupils and open to families and friends which takes place in Liverpool Cathedral.
Many St Hilda’s pupils already worship in a church when they come to school. Some pupils come from other world faiths, or a non-faith background. St Hilda’s insists that questions of faith have to be treated seriously, and with respect. The school provides a good environment for pupils to explore such matters thoughtfully and come to their own mature personal conviction. Religious Education is taught not simply as an academic subject but in the recognition that for many in school the Christian faith is a personal life commitment. Many girls choose to contribute to a weekly school collection for a good cause of the pupils’ choice.
For the school’s approach to combating extremism and radicalism please readextremism_and_radicalism