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Special Character

The four core values of Respect, Service, Truth and Justice are drawn from the charisms of the founding religious orders these influence how we teach.

The four core values of Respect, Service, Truth and Justice are drawn from the charisms of the founding religious orders - the Dominicans, Christian Brothers and Mercy Sisters - which in turn were drawn from the life and teachings of Jesus. These values permeate the life of the school in both our relationships with others and in our activities. They influence how and, sometimes, what we teach. They influence our emphasis on restorative justice and our ‘second chance’ approach to school discipline.

Prayer/karakia is part of everyday school life and the students have opportunity to participate in the sacraments and celebrate the special feasts and seasons of the Church year. Awareness of social justice issues is promoted and active participation in social justice activities is expected of the students. Students who do not have a Catholic background are expected to participate as far as they are comfortable in doing so and every effort is made to familiarise them with the Special Character of the school.. As a Catholic school, we have close relationships to other Catholic schools in the diocese which as well as providing an opportunity for supportive relationships for both students and staff, brings the additional benefits of sports competitions and the annual Bishop’s Shield scripture, speech and drama competition. Recently, Kavanagh College has become part of a Community of Learners together with the Catholic primary schools in Dunedin. This will provide another opportunity for collaboration in the Catholic educational community.

The Kavanagh School Prayer

We pray for the community of Kavanagh College.
May we grow in Respect for ourselves, each other and our world.
May respect lead to Service to those need.
Through service may we bring about Justice
and, in justice may we reflect and share the Truth of the gospels.
This we pray in the spirit of Catherine McAuley,
Edmund Rice and St Dominic.
With Mary as our guide,
Through Jesus Christ, Amen.

The latest Special Character Review for Kavanagh College