I think it’s important for students to be able to see symbols on a daily basis that our school is a Catholic school, and that because of this we are committed to creating a community in our school of people who care about one another and are compassionate toward all people. I think that the crucifix is a reminder to students that in our classroom they are in a sacramental space, where faith is celebrated and we can share closeness with one another.
I also have two Bible passages that share with the students the theme from this year and last year. I really like this year’s theme, “Rooted in Faith,” and am looking forward to the transition during the three-year progression of this concept (GIFT: Growing in Faith Together). I think it’s really important for students to see the connection there, and the metaphor of using nature (rooted, nurtured, growing) is an excellent way to depict our closeness to God, and the GIFT he’s given us by providing us with life.