Our Patron Saint
St. Henry’s Schools are proud to share their namesake with St. Henry’s Church. St. Henry is best known as a Restoration Saint. His importance stems from his fidelity to the duties of our state in life. Genuine holiness can blossom anywhere. He was one of the great rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and triumphed as a Christian statesman and soldier. As soon as he was elected Emperor in 1002, he brought the disorganized and divided empire to stability and proper structure as well as restoring and advancing religion. To this end, he ensured religious leaders were worthy of that office, erected numerous cathedrals, restored churches damaged by heretics, established dioceses and promoted reform. He established foundations to support a wide variety of charitable works. He believed that monasteries were indispensable as centers of prayer and focal points for the civilization of the people. St. Henry took ill and was miraculously cured by St. Benedict. He was also married to Kunigunde of Luxembourg who is also a Saint. They are one of the rare husband-and-wife Saints in history. St. Henry brought structure and religion back to a civilization that was in disarray. We can look upon St. Henry as a man who shows us “That if our heart is in the right place, then holiness can blossom anywhere.”
Teaching of Gospel Virtues
Christian virtues is a quality of good behavior based on faith. When our thoughts and values are lived out through good actions, we are practicing the virtues. Generally speaking, all of the human virtues are attributes of God Himself. They are the characteristics of Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God in human flesh. They are the divine properties, which should be in all human persons by the gift of God in creation and salvation through Christ. In our Christian tradition, some virtues are prized highly. We feature a different one each month whereby different virtues will be featured to illustrate their practice. By reflecting on the virtues through the school year, students are invited to reflect on the type of person they want to become. We become who we are by the choices we make. If we are guided by the virtues, then it is more likely that we will become a person that not only reflects the message of Jesus, but also will enjoy a happier and more fulfilled life. The time is always right to do what is right. Reflection on these virtues as we go through the year will help us make this school year a good one, in many different ways.
A prayer for the St. Henry’s student
Our Instructional Belief
The staff of St. Henry’s is committed to making our school the best that it can possibly be. We are continually striving to reach that goal and this is the roadmap with which we believe will get us there:
Daily Teachings of the Gospel Virtues
We believe in the importance of integrating faith into learning. We expect our students to be discerning believers who have and continue to grow within the Catholic faith community and we strive to make the Gospel virtues become a habit in them. Our philosophy is to assist our students on a daily basis in their journey to form their moral intelligence and Christian identity.
We recognize the importance of a quality education. To provide that, we maintain to deliver excellent service in programming that meets your needs as a student and as a maturing human being.
Climate of High Expectations We are guided by the firm belief that all students can learn. We firmly believe and demonstrate that all students can attain mastery of the essential curriculum and that we will help all students do so. It is the responsibility of the school to ensure students do learn.
Safe and Orderly Environment
We believe that a safe and orderly environment is critical if you are to be able to maximize learning and achieve your potential. It is the responsibility of the school to provide an environment most conducive to your learning.
Frequent Monitoring of Student Progress
We believe that if we are to ensure your learning is maximized, we have to know what you have mastered and what you continue to have difficulty with. Frequent monitoring of your progress – in a variety of ways – is critical if the school is to provide timely and effective intervention to support your learning.
Vision of the St. Henry’s student
* A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith.
* An effective communicator, who speaks, writes and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of the gospel virtues.
*A reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good.
*A self-directed, responsible learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.
*A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work, which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.
*A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish and the wider community.
*A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.