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NDA students embrace dignity in self, others

Posted on: August 15, 2016 1:10 pm
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On Wednesday, August 10, Notre Dame Academy began its 111th year as a Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame (SND). NDA welcomed 596 students and 551 families. Each year, the NDA community focuses on one of the four SND Educational Principles, which are based on the social teaching of the Church. This year’s principle: The Human Dignity of Each Person as an Image of God.

The resulting theme for the 2016-17 school year is Embracing Dignity in Self, Others and Community, which will be celebrated by emphasizing the importance of appreciating the uniqueness of each individual and the diversity among all persons. This focus on dignity aims to provide thoughtful discussion and reflection about the image of God and the value of human life. “We will continue to actively support a holistic education that encourages a positive sense of self-worth and the full development of the person,” said NDA President Dr. Laura Koehl. “Through respectful listening, we will build relationships leading to unity and community and consider opportunities and environments to help persons to claim and regain their human dignity, identity and self-worth.” 

NDA’s Peer Ministry Team helped to develop the theme over the summer with much enthusiasm. The team found the following scripture quote to be relevant to this year’s theme and they will use it in their presentation and discussion of the theme, “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future” (Proverbs 31:25). They also prepared an opening prayer service for the school community focusing on the theme of human dignity. In a world that often seems to forget this basic truth, it is the goal of NDA’s administration that their students find great hope through realizing their own self worth, and the value of respect for others in building strong communities.

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