“What makes the Catholic school distinctive is its attempt to generate a community climate in the school that is permeated by the gospel spirit of freedom and love. It tries to guide the adolescents in such a way that personality development goes hand in hand with the development of the ‘new’ creature that each one has become through Baptism. It tries to relate all of human culture to the good news of salvation so that the light of faith will illumine everything that the students will gradually come to learn about the world, about life, and about the human person.’ ”
(Taken from The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: Guidelines for Reflection and Renewal.)
Celebrating the presence of God in our lives is at the heart of the school’s mission and the spiritual life of the student is of paramount importance. The daily religion curriculum presents an exploration of our Catholic faith and brings each student to a personal experience of faith. At all grade levels, students develop knowledge of Sacred Scripture, Sacraments, Catholic doctrine, Catholic social teachings, liturgy and worship. The curriculum is designed to offer students deeper knowledge of the love of Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us through the Sacred Scriptures and the people around us.
The religion program also provides students with opportunities to experience the fullness of God’s love and grace through the Sacramental life of the Church. Students participate in sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. They take an active role in planning and participating in Friday morning school-wide Masses and have opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. OLV students are inspired to develop a deeper personal relationship with God through prayer, Living Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross during Lent, and special observances of the Church Year.
At Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School Jesus Christ is the ever-present teacher in all aspects of the school. Faith development serves as the cornerstone of curriculum planning and every classroom is alive with faith! In our classrooms students openly discuss their faith and how it enlightens their view of literature, science, history, and the arts. Gospel values permeate all aspects of our school and students develop a personal value system based upon the Gospel message of Jesus. OLV students enjoy a faith-filled school community where they live their faith as they pray and learn together.