“Christus Supre Omnes” – School Motto – Christ Above All
“Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here.” – David Evans
Spiritual Formation At Bishop Bavin School
“Finally, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise” – Philippians 4:8
Bishop Bavin is a Christian Church School of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) within the Diocese of Johannesburg. The Bishop of Johannesburg is the “Visitor” to the School and as such he is the final authority in all matters spiritual and pastoral. From its inception, the school has always been a place where children are formed in the image of Christ and where they are helped to grow in the knowledge and love of God.
As a result, worship is at the very heart of the life of the school where we uphold the Christian faith and Anglican heritage. While the school naturally has a particular concern for enabling pupils to understand and grow in the Christian faith, as expressed in the Anglican Church, we are, however, committed to nurturing, encouraging and challenging those of other faiths and none.
Click on the image below to read the Southern Africa Anglican Board of Education’s views on the ‘distinctive character of an Anglican school’:
Devotion To God
In any institution a chaplaincy is seen as reflecting and shaping the ethos and character of the community. At Bishop Bavin, it therefore forms an important expression of our Anglican heritage as a Diocesan church school that represents both the school’s devotion to God and its part in the life of the Church.
In terms of our spirituality, we are Benedictine. This means that we follow a pattern that is shaped by the rule of St Benedict which can be summed up as follows:
- Regula et traditio – A commitment to placing Scripture at the heart of everything we do within the context of our tradition;
- Stabilitas – A commitment to community;
- Conversatio – A commitment to engaging in meaningful conversation with others and to remain particularly open minded when discussing issues that could cause division;
- Obedientia – Hearing and obeying in humility, particularly when we are wrong;
- Ora et labora – A commitment to holding work and prayer together;
- Hospitalitas – A commitment to taking care of others. These six hallmarks of Benedictine spirituality under-gird the very life and soul of our family school.