Catholic Regional College Sydenham values self-discipline, care and hospitality. These are all values we look to see in one another through our daily interactions. Each Cluster Patron demonstrated particular values in their lives. These values are not isolated to only those students and staff who are a part of the Cluster to whom the Patron’s name is used, but rather the Cluster values together with our whole of school values form the basis of a well-rounded person who lives out the Catholic faith following in the example that Jesus gave us.
As a community in Christ we commit ourselves to the values of self-disciple, care, hospitality, endeavour, dignity, compassion, integrity, excellence, leadership, courage, commitment, forgiveness, respect, creativity, stewardship, faith, service, responsibility, justice, reconciliation and empowerment. These are all important pillars of our students’ education journey in partnering with families and friends of the College.
Hospitality is about opening our home and hearts to those who need a place to belong. We do this through our invitation and welcome, even to those we may not know as well as those who we may have been already acquainted. We come to appreciate that in offering hospitality we might recognise that stranger as we break bread with one another and with those who seek refuge.
Heb 13:2 In the story of Abraham and Sarah’s exceptional hospitality in relation to three strangers who turn out to be God’s messengers. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it
Self-discipline means we manage our own behaviour so that others don’t have to. When we practise self-discipline, we take charge of ourselves and make positive choices about how we will respond in any circumstance.
2 Peter 1:5-6 – For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
Care means we treat people with the love, respect and concern they deserve as an image-bearer of God. When we practise care, we value the whole person, and show that the person really matters to us and our community.
Philippians 2:1 - Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit, and you have kindness and compassion for one another.
These are our three core whole of College values that combine with each of our Clusters’ Values. The Clusters’ Values while owned by various Clusters are not exclusive to the Cluster. The Patrons of our Clusters embodied the values that each Cluster has adopted but the reality is that we all demonstrate the range of values throughout our lives. Ultimately we aspire to live up to and live out all of the Gospel Values in our lives so as to follow in the teachings of Christ.