What My Catholic Education Means To Me
St. Romuald School is very important to me, and always will be. As I’ve grown older I have come to realize what a special place St. Romuald really is. Now as I get ready to go to high school and leave St. Romuald behind, I have come to appreciate my time here, and how blessed I am to have been able to attend this school.
St. Romuald is more than just a school, or a room full of students; we are like a family. My classmates and I have been together ever since we were little, although we’ve lost or gained a few along the way. We have grown up together, and we all know each other really well. This is personally one of my favorite parts about St. Romuald. I honestly feel like if I ever needed help with anything at all, I would be able to count on any of my classmates for help, and I know I would do the same for them.
Going to St. Romuald has also made me feel important. Everyday when I walk into the gym in the morning, I am surrounded by people I know, care about, and who care about me. The teachers aren’t there just because it is a job; they’re there because they truly care about the school, and the people in it. Our teachers want to see us succeed. They genuinely want us to do our absolute best, and they go the extra mile to see that we accomplish our goals.
St. Romuald has also given me endless opportunities to expand my faith. When I began attending St. Romuald, my Preschool class attended Mass every Friday. As we got older, we learned prayer together, and we prepared to make our sacraments. We were able to receive reconciliation after school Masses, and pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. We have been encouraged to read the Bible, and we practiced looking up verses many times. My classmates and I have also been able to go to the Rainbow Mass to celebrate the Catholic Schools in our diocese, and we’ve been visited by Bishop Medley several times to have Mass with him and to talk about our faith. Throughout middle school, we have been able to meet the NET Team, and as 8th graders, we will go to Gasper River as a class for a spiritual retreat. With each one of these new experiences, we have been able to really see the blessings of being a child of God.
Attending St. Romuald has also taught me a lot about giving back, and helping others in need. In addition, I have learned a lot about respect, humility, and sportsmanship. Being a student at St. Romuald has helped me become more comfortable doing service for others, and has taught me many values I will always take with me.
I know I am definitely going to miss St. Romuald next year, because it has always been like a second home to me. Being able to go to St. Romuald has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and it will always have a special place in my heart.
So now as I conclude my final year at St. Romuald, I will answer the question, “What does my Catholic education mean to me?” one last time. To be simply put, my Catholic education means the world to me. It has made me the person I am today, and who I am to become tomorrow. My Catholic education has prepared me for the road ahead, and the challenges I will face in the future. It won’t always be easy, but I’ll always have the things I learned here to guide me. St. Romuald will forever be a part of me, and I’m so thankful to have been able to experience going to such a wonderful school.
~Amelia Barr, Class of 2014
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23 Key Benefits of Catholic Schools
- Parents choose Catholic schools for their children because of high academic standards; values-added education and a safe school environment.
- Catholic Schools stress the value of self-discipline and commitment.
- Catholic Schools encourage family input and involvement in the ongoing education of their children. Research shows that such a partnership results in higher attendance rates and lower dropout rates.
- Catholic School students score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing.
- Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic School students develop more effective writing skills.
- Catholic School faculty members are qualified professionals committed to bringing out the best in their students as they grow in knowledge, skills, and values.
- Faculty and staff are role models who share their faith, their talents, and their time.
- The Catholic School curriculum normally meets state regulations and guidelines.
- Association and accrediting agencies help provide programs and instruments for internal and external evaluations on an ongoing basis
- Catholic Schools have an excellent success rate in educating minority students.
- Catholic Schools encourage each student to accept the challenges of being a better person in tomorrow's world.
- The emphasis is on participation by all students.
- Standardized test scores and a high college acceptance rate reflect that the Catholic School students are self-disciplined, self-motivated, responsible, and creative.
- Appropriate social and cultural activities, under school sponsorship, provide relaxation and creative outlets.
- Catholic Schools represent affordable excellence; there is an emphasis on efficiency and accountability.
- Tuition cost is often supplemented by the parish, so the Catholic community shares the cost of education.
- In addition to a strong program in the "basics," as well as challenging programs for gifted students, Catholic Schools add the significant "plus" of religious, moral, and spiritual development.
- Catholic Schools help students understand that each person is unique and valuable.
- Catholic Schools strive to create a special bond among the students, the home, the school, and the church, so that all share the strong sense of community.
- In Catholic Schools there is a mutual respect among students, faculty, and administrators which generates an atmosphere of care and concern.
- Catholic Schools join with the family to help students understand their special place in the family, the Church, and society.
- Students explore their faith through classes and activities in Scripture, Sacraments, Church, and morality.
- While not all students who come to Catholic Schools are Catholic, all share experiences of faith and values.