St Bede’s College, Christchurch, is an integrated Catholic school for boys of years 9-13 providing secondary education for day and boarding students. A Marist school with a current roll of around 800 students, the College celebrated its centennary in May 2012.
The essential purpose of the College is to work with parents in order to help our students live a fully integrated life – a life in which they each achieve academically and develop their own talents while living, working and praying in a Catholic faith community which takes its values and goals from the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. As members of such a community we must all not only take responsibility for our own development but also help each other to grow as individuals.
When the College was founded in 1911, the purpose was to help Catholic families educate their sons in leadership. There was a focus on helping to bring up adults, not keeping boys as children. Consequently, the College places great emphasis on each student striving for subjective excellence. This means that every boy is expected to do his best in every area of school life.
While visiting other Marist colleges overseas during a recent sabbatical the Rector, Mr Boyle, noted a sign at the gateway to a school in which has resonated with the aims of our own College community: on the way in it read, “Enter to learn”; and on the way out, “Exit to serve”.