Mission Statement

The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witness of Christ.

History

On June 15, 2010 the Niagara Catholic District School Board approved a new Mission Statement for Niagara Catholic.

Niagara Catholic’s first Mission Statement was introduced shortly after the amalgamation of the former Welland and Lincoln County Roman Catholic Separate School Boards in 1998. The Mission Statement was the result of a planning process that involved more than 100 representatives of Catholic education who came together to begin the process for the newly established Niagara Catholic District School Board.

In the fall of 2008, Niagara Catholic initiated a two-year Vision 2020 Strategic Planning process. More than 4,700 stakeholders, including students, staff, parents, religious, Catholic School Councils, organizations and members of the Catholic community were invited to participate and provide input through 160 Discovery Sessions. Data from the Discovery Sessions was then analyzed by more than 80 participants at a Strategic Planning Summit. Recommendations from the Discovery Sessions and the Summit included re-writing the Mission Statement, a series of Vision Statements and the Strategic Directions for Niagara Catholic. On May 25th, 2010, the Board approved the Vision Statements, the Strategic Directions and a recommendation to vet a new Mission Statement. The revised Mission Statement was vetted to all stakeholders prior to being submitted to the Board for consideration on June 15, 2010.

Eleven years after introducing its first Mission Statement, on June 15th, 2010, as part of the Board’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, the Niagara Catholic District School Board approved its bold new Mission Statement.

Beliefs

About Learners and Learning

We believe that:

  • Learners are called by God to fulfill their potential
  • All learners are gifted by God and can learn
  • Learning is an interactive process
  • Learning is an enriching experience
  • Learning is for eternity

About Teachers and Teaching

We believe that:

  • Teachers are called by God to serve
  • Jesus Christ is the model for teaching
  • Teachers are role models for living
  • Teaching is shaped by the learner
  • Teaching is for tomorrow

About Catholic Learning Communities

We believe that:

  • Catholic learning communities are called by God to celebrate their gifts
  • Catholic learning communities are Christ-centered
  • Catholic learning communities share the commitment for all learners and learning
  • Catholic learning communities have a global vision
  • Catholic learning communities are transformational

Gospel Values

Our Gospel Values are centred in the teachings of Jesus who gave us the gift of love.
“Faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love”. (1 Cor.13:13)

VALUE: DEMONSTRATED BY:
INTEGRITY People who behave in a manner that is consistent with Gospel values.
FAITHFULNESS People who are nourished by the Word, respect tradition and abide by the Spirit.
PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE People who respond to God’s call to fulfill their highest human potential.
JUSTICE People who are committed to the fair treatment of individuals and the celebration of diversity.
COMPASSION People who practise forgiveness, generosity, kindness and service in their interactions with others.
STEWARDSHIP People who care and act respectfully and responsibly for all God’s creation.
ACCOUNTABILITY People who take ownership for the impact and consequences of actions and decisions.
FIDELITY People who consistently celebrate and trust in friendship; whose relationships are centered in Gospel values.