Catholic Graduate Expectations
1. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic community who:
- Illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story of Christian faith.
- Participates in the sacramental life of the church and demonstrates an understanding of the centrality of the Eucharist to Catholic Life.
- Actively reflects on God’s Word as communicated through the Bible.
- Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good.
- Speaks the language of life (i.e. recognizes that life is an unearned gift and that a person entrusted with life does not own it but that one is called to protect and cherish it).
- Seeks intimacy with God and celebrates communion with God, others and creation through prayer and worship.
- Understands that one’s purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life’s journey and recognizes that life’s journey includes moments of brokenness and sin and that Jesus, the risen Christ and human face of God, is at the heart of redemption.
- Respects the faith traditions and spiritual journey of other world religions.
2. An effective communicator who:
- Listens actively to understand and learn.
- Listens critically in light of gospel values.
- Reads, understands and uses written materials effectively.
- Presents information and ideas clearly and honestly and with sensitivity to others.
- Writes and speaks fluently one or both of Canada’s official languages, uses and integrates the Catholic faith tradition in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life.
3. A reflective and creative thinker who:
- Recognizes that the world is more blessed than broken and that how is essential ingredient in meeting life’s challenges.
- Innovates, creates, evaluates new ideas in light of the common good.
- Thinks reflectively and creatively to evaluate situations and solve problems.
- Makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral conscience.
- Adopts a holistic approach to life by integrating the learning from various subject areas and experience.
4. A self-directed, life long learner who:
- Demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self and respect for the dignity and welfare of others.
- Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability.
- Takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership.
- Sets appropriate goals and priorities in school, work and personal life.
- Applies effective communication, decision-making, problem-solving, time and resource management skills.
- Examines and reflects one’s personal values, abilities and aspirations influencing life’s choices and opportunities.
- Participates in leisure and fitness activities for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
5. A collaborative contributor who:
- Works effectively as an interdependent team member.
- Thinks critically about the meaning and purpose of work.
- Develops one’s God-given potential and makes a meaningful contribution to society.
- Finds meaning, dignity, fulfillment and vocation in work which contributes to the common good.
- Respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others.
- Exercises Christian leadership in the achievements of individuals and group goals.
- Achieves excellence, originality , and integrity in one’s own work and supports these qualities in the work of others.
- Applies skills for employability, self-employment and entrepreneurship relative to Christian vocation.
6. A caring family member:
- Relates to family members in a loving, compassionate and respectful manner.
- Recognizes human intimacy and sexuality as God-given gifts.
- Values and honours the important role of the family in society.
- Demonstrates respect for life.
- Ministers to the family, school, parish, and wider community through service.
7. A responsible citizen who:
- Acts morally, ethically and legally as a person formed in the tenets of the Catholic faith.
- Accepts accountability for one’s own action.
- Seeks for and grants forgiveness.
- Promotes the sacredness of life.
- Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting issues of justice and peace.
- Respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures.
- Exercises the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.