This Core Values, Common Purpose & Goals paper for Catholic Schools has been the subject of consultations and revisions since the end of 2009. We sincerely hope and pray that all Management Committees, Principals & Teachers in our Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Singapore will view it as a most useful tool for keeping our Catholic Identity strong and resilient. While every school’s particular mission and charism is fully acknowledged we are emphasizing what is essential and common to all schools.
The Singapore Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) was set up subsequent to the Task Force (CETF) and the Catholic Education Council (CEC). The constitution of the ACCS points to the continuing central role played by the various Sponsoring authorities or religious orders who own and run their schools. However, today, there is also a clear call to operate as one system of Catholic schools and one body with a common vision and mission. In trying to achieve this we must bear in mind that each sponsoring authority has its own specific charism which distinguishes their schools. This charism is well established and is reflected in the orientation and induction programmes of the schools. Little experience in close collaboration up to now means that we will have to work very hard and converse very openly to build structures for communion and sharing.