As a Roman Catholic faith community Notre Dame High School seeks to provide conditions and experiences that will promote the spiritual, moral, physical, social and intellectual development of both staff and students. We strive to ensure that all of our young people have the opportunity to develop their God-given talents to their fullest potential. The ethos of our school reflects our core Christian values and our respect for the rights outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). As a school community, we respect all of these rights but, in particular, the following articles as outlines in our school charter: Articles 12, 19, 23, 24, 29 and 31.
Our daily interactions with everyone in our faith community are an opportunity to demonstrate that we live our lives true to the values and virtues demonstrated by Our Lord Jesus Christ. We respect the views and of every individual and their right to be treated with dignity at all times and act with compassion to those in our community who are vulnerable and in need of our support.
1. Curriculum – The school will offer a curriculum that will provide breadth, balance and choice for all in a planned, progressive and structured way allowing our students to progress and develop their God-given talents and to become confident, resilient individuals.
2. Attainment – The school will provide opportunities for the intellectual and personal development of all students, enabling them to become successful learners and achieve their full potential by building on their prior learning, their strengths and identified areas of personal development.
3. Teaching and learning – The school seeks to provide the highest quality teaching that meets the needs of all learners and promotes effective learning by providing our teachers and support staff with opportunities for personal and professional development.
4. Support for pupils – The school will provide personal, curricular and vocational support for pupils through teaching, guidance and close links with parents and the community and provide opportunities for them to develop as responsible citizens and to contribute effectively their local community and the wider Scottish society.
5. Ethos – The school seeks to foster an effective partnership between home, school and parish, which promotes a Catholic ethos within the school and a positive image of the school within the community.