Our school motto, Misericordia, means mercy. Mercy is God’s compassion; God’s loving kindness reaching out to all. Mercy is love in action. Misericordia highlights our historical connection to the spirit of the Mercy Sisters, founded by Catherine McAuley. Catherine, whose qualities included compassion, humility, friendliness, prayerfulness, a strong sense of giving, courage, sympathy, peacefulness, gentleness and love, was a strong advocate for women in her day. Above all, Catherine encouraged and lived a life of charity.
We recognise St. Vincent de Paul, a priest, after whom our school is named. Vincent lived a life of service. He revolutionised religion by returning to the basics Jesus taught; feeding the hungry, comforting the afflicted, nursing the sick, caring for children and the elderly. There was no human suffering that he did not seek to relieve. Vincent also founded the Sisters of Charity.
We acknowledge that our school covenant guides our daily actions. Together our community is called to contribute to the shared stories and vibrant memories of St. Vincent’s School. Our covenant, together with the attributes of our religious patrons, Vincent and Catherine provides us with our Mercy Qualities:
At St. Vincent’s we strive to live our everyday lives according to the Mercy Qualities. Together, staff, children and parents endeavour to build and maintain a community which values quality relationships and where we each strive to be more like Jesus.
The Mercy Qualities Program seeks to further develop our children as well rounded community members who are value based in their decision making and imbued with a sense of God.
Our qualities are the positive personal traits that we show through our every day actions and decisions.
I value quality relationships. I have good relationships when I:
I use my initiative to make the right choices. I am responsible when I:
I nurture and care for myself and others. I show care and compassion when I:
I recognise God in myself in others and in the world around me. I live my faith by:
I am honest in my words and actions. I show honesty, integrity and trustworthiness when I:
I know and do what is needed to live harmoniously. I show Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion when I:
I recognise injustices in our community and our world. I show dignity and justice when I:
I serve others and the environment. I show stewardship when I:
I make the most of every opportunity. I embrace life when I: