Stewardship is the responsible use (including conservation) of natural resources in a way that takes full and balanced account of the interests of society, future generations, and other species.

It is also mindful of private needs, and accepts significant answerability to society and ultimately to God. 

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Gifts in the service of the community

The vision for the stewardship of resources in Sandhurst schools flows from a sense of covenant with God, our creator, for care of the earth and its environment.

It is about maintaining right relationships between God and God’s people; between people as co-creators and stewards with God; between people, other creatures and the gifts of the world.

‘All the baptized are called to use their gifts in service of the community; calling on and using those gifts effectively creates an environment where the contributions of all are valued.’ 

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Culture of co-responsibility

School leaders who exercise stewardship invite others into a ministry of service expressed through ‘care of the tradition, the spirit, the story, the corporate and personal memories of the institution; and just and proper use of material and human resources ‘through prudent management, wise investment and usage. 

Building a culture of co-responsibility is foundational to Catholic education Sandhurst and the broader diocesan church.

In pursuit of such a vision, school leaders ensure that the wider school community understands that the stewardship of resources is central to the Catholic identity of the school.

The physical environment of the school is a reflection of its vision, values and educational priorities. It is firstly a place of welcome and belonging for all, and then a safe, vibrant and engaged school community with a sense of shared ownership.

Decision-making embeds this vision in the day-to-day life of the school. Resources are allocated according to educational priorities within the school and where possible, environmental sustainability is a key factor.

  

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