St Matthew’s Primary Windsor promotes a climate of excellence in learning
Students are challenged to be the best they can be – socially, spiritually, academically and physically. Each member of our school community is held in high esteem and made to feel that they belong to and have a place in, our school community. We regularly celebrate our faith, our achievements and the richness of our heritage.
As a community, we at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School have identified core values that speak of our collective essence and belief.
These values are reflected in the following ways:
- We support each other in our common journey in faith by acknowledging the need to share our stories, celebrating our experience and articulating our hopes and dreams.
- We cultivate an authentic sense of belonging through rejoicing in our similarities, discovering the richness in our differences and extending a spirit of welcome to all.
- We believe that our practices, policies and attitudes should enhance the dignity of each person.
- We acknowledge the excellence being achieved in the present, while identifying and striving for personal and communal goals.
At St Matthew’s we are committed to:
- Educating children – socially, spiritually, academically, emotionally & physically
- Being actively involved in the mission of the Catholic Church through the daily expression of our faith
- Promoting a climate of excellence in learning
- Our journey in faith
- The uniqueness and achievements of the individual
- The richness of our history
- An authentic sense of belonging.
- Respect for the dignity of each person
- Shared leadership
- Home-school partnership
Our Patron St Matthew
Who was St Matthew?
Our parish and school community is named after St Matthew, but in fact, there were two St Matthews. The first was Matthew the Gospel tax-collector and the second was Matthew the Gospel writer.
Matthew the Tax Collector
Tax collectors were not liked in Jesus' time because they took a commission when they collected taxes for the occupying forces. Matthew responded to Jesus' invitation to become one of the 12 apostles who would accompany him closely in his ministry and so learn from him.
Matthew the Gospel Writer
After the death of Jesus and the coming of the Spirit, those who knew Jesus treasured the stories he told and their memory of all Jesus did and taught. Especially on Sunday, the day of the Lord's Resurrection, they gathered to break the bread of the Eucharist and encourage one another to live the way Jesus taught them. Over time, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and using their human gifts, the evangelists put down in words these stories and memories of Jesus for their communities. These documents of faith are what we call the 'Gospels' today. In this way the Gospel of St Matthew was written. Since Matthew the Gospel writer was a third generation Christian writing about 85AD, he was not the tax collector but may have belonged to a community that originally had some contact with Matthew, the tax collector and apostle.
What can we learn?
Like the first Christian community, here at St Matthew's in the 21st Century, we too face the same challenges to know who Jesus is for us, and to understand how we are to live by the example of his teaching. We are called to be committed to the good of others, especially to those marginalised in our society because of culture, race, disability or socio-economic circumstances. If we do this we are responding to the words of Jesus, spoken to his critics immediately after he called Matthew, the tax collector: "Go and learn what this means". "I desire mercy, not sacrifice". "For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners." (Matt 28:20)
That is why at St Matthew's we aim to respond to the needs of our children and their families, and work in partnership with our parents to ensure the ongoing educative and spiritual formation of our children.
Our School Badge & Motto
The open book of the scripture with the cross resting on it symbolises PRAYER. The distaff, the wool in the process of being spun, symbolises WORK. PRAYER and WORK unit as the motivating force in our life.
The olive branch above the book is the symbol of PEACE.
Peace is the interpretation of Christ's love in daily living.
The scroll bears the words, IN ALL THINGS GLORIFY GOD, being the school motto at St Matthew's Primary, Windsor. The original design is shown to the right - the motto is in Latin.
Our School is a place of 'HOLY GROUND' as Learners we are SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL of Self, Others and School.