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Created in 2003 and located at the main entrance to PCHS, the mural is dedicated to the mystery of faith, the diversity of human experience and the spiritual life of the PCHS Community. The Mural was created with the assistance of art teacher Sylvie Allard and her students.
Spiritual Care and Guidance and Community Involvement Animator
Spiritual Animation is offered to students two and a half days a week and encompasses a variety of activities and services. The service seeks to be sensitive to the traditions of the school. At the same time, the Spiritual Animation Service strives to promote activities geared toward mutual understanding and self-awareness in the multi-faith tradition.
Mrs. Patricia Aldred is the Spiritual Animator at PCHS. Mrs. Aldred has a background in World Religions and holds her Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Religion from Concordia University. She has also worked in the field of education since 1997 with the inception of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
The government guideline states that the Spiritual Care and Guidance and Community Involvement Service would be offered to all students, regardless of their religious persuasions, and would not be affiliated with any particular denomination. It is perceived as a service that takes into account the trends and influences that shape the life of young people, and it will use all the resources that the school and community can offer to promote the human and spiritual growth of students, while respecting their freedom. Under these government guidelines, the activities of the service may be humanitarian, spiritual, interfaith or religious and may focus on:
young people’s search for meaning
the development of social conscience
the humanization of the environment
student’s needs with regards to their own religious affiliation
The above is an excerpt from the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport document on the definition of Spiritual Animation in Quebec primary and secondary schools.
The primary responsibility of the animator is to offer activities that open students to the spiritual dimension of life. The idea is that the animators would offer activities that would both empower students and encourage them to identify the important elements of their lives. Ultimately the common goal of the activities offered would be to have the students become more self-aware. By being more conscious of who they are and what they stand for, we open the door to students to help them find meaning in their lives and hope for the future. Issues that could be explored include definitions of personal conviction, exploring the reality of death, and the development of solid values. Starting a good dialogue with the established Moral and Religious Education Department, and other teaching staff where appropriate, is also the role of the animator. The staff and administration have a clear picture of the religious and spiritual make-up of the school and, hence, an idea of what activities would be appropriate. Possible activities that could be put together in collaboration with the M.E. Department or other departments include visiting classes and offering workshops around areas of common educational concern.