Our faith is central to all that we do at St Bernadette’s.
Historically, Catholic schools were created to provide centres of education to develop literate, numerate, moral, confident, independent young children who could contribute and mould the future of our world, in line with the teachings of Christ. We work really hard to do just that. At St Bernadette’s our mission statement is:
“We follow Jesus”
We use many opportunities to fulfil our mission in our interaction with one another. Our comprehensive programme of religious education coupled with the importance of Spiritual, moral, social and emotional development, progressively builds on children's understanding of their place in God's family. We celebrate our Catholic faith whilst embracing the differing cultures within our school community. We work hard to instil values of kindness, self-control, patience and trust. We strive to ensure that all children achieve to the best of their ability because we recognise our God given talents and the need to share those with others and for the good of others.
Our school is named after one of the most well known, yet most humble, saints in Church history, who has inspired many people by her simple faith and incredible life-story.
Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes, France, into a very poor family and she herself was in poor health.
One Thursday, February 11th 1858, when she was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood, a very beautiful lady appeared to her above a rosebush in a grotto called Massabielle. The lovely Lady was dressed in blue and white. She smiled at Bernadette and then made the sign of the cross with a rosary of ivory and gold. Bernadette fell on her knees, took out her rosary and began to say it.
The beautiful lady was God's mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. She appeared to Bernadette seventeen other times and spoke to her. She told Bernadette that she should pray for sinners, do penance and have a chapel built there in her honour. Many people found it hard to believe Bernadette until miracles began to happen when people used the water from the spring Bernadette had dug.
Bernadette became a nun when she was older. Although she was favoured by the Blessed Mother, she remained very humble. More than anything else she desired not to be praised, saying, "The Blessed Virgin only chose me because I was the most ignorant."
As a school we are guided in our lives by Bernadette's humility and her consideration for, and love of others, before herself.