Hundreds of schools around the world such as Gaztelueta in Spain, The Heights in Washington, Los Arcos in Caracas, Rockbrook in Dublin, Northridge in Chicago, Seido Mikawadai in Nagasaki, Intisana in Quito, Tabancura in Santiago de Chile, etc., were the initiative of parents who were encouraged by the teaching of St. Josemaría Escrivá about the responsibility of parents in the education of their children in modern times.
Some parents in Trinidad, having been witness to the progress of all these schools and with the aim to participate in the development of our nation, took the decision to start a new school following those examples and in that way, to provide for the nation a new option in education adapted to the development of the society in which we are living.
As you can read on the websites of these schools, they don’t all have the same educational programme, syllabus, etc. They are following the laws of each country and initiative of the board of each school. The only thing that they share are the criteria about the educational style to work in the schools which is to create a happy family atmosphere as a fruit of: the respect for the human person, sincerity and coherence of life, the sanctification of work, a positive vision of life and the pleasant relationship among the board of the school, parents, teachers and students.
Even though you can find in the writings and teaching of St. Josemaría Escrivá much advice for people involved in schools, we are choosing some of the advice which motivate the Motto for our school:
“For the school there are three important things: First parents, second teachers, third students. Your sons –do not be surprised, they are in the third place. In this way, they will do well.”
“You (the teachers) need all … (the virtues), but above all, (you must) show the kids very great loyalty, that they can see in you that you love them, that you sacrifice yourself for them, that you have enough knowledge and that you know how to communicate with charm, with light, with the gift of tongues, in such a way that they can understand you…You cannot demand what you do not have. Try to possess it and then you can ask for it.”