St Stithians College is a circuit of the Central District of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
The College’s Statement of Spirituality gives expression to our Methodist ethos which underpins and shapes the values of St Stithians. Religious Education forms part of our school curriculum.
We are privileged to have a Chaplain who leads the weekly chapel services and on occasion at the Outdoor Chapel or Labyrinth. Groups of students assist by leading the school in prayer at assembly and also assist with the chapel services as part of the Spirituality Committee.
The primary purpose of our chaplain’s function is to engage staff and students in positive reflection, learning and development of their Christian faith through a combination of formal and informal teaching and learning opportunities.
Furthermore, the Chaplain supports the school community (leadership, staff, students, parents and alumnae) in the continued promotion of our Spirituality Statement, our College’s Values, the Saints Charter and the Methodist Ethos.
The College’s Methodist focus offers our young women important guiding principles enabling of this life of purpose which is central to the Saints Honour Code, namely, Honour God, Honour others and Honour self.
Community Engagement is integral to our curriculum, and our students are encouraged to participate in voluntary service during their time at St Stithians. As an independent Methodist school, we have a responsibility to ensure that our students acknowledge and give expression to their understanding of the socio-economic realities of our society.
As a Methodist school, we want to build an ethos that it is more ‘blessed to give than to receive’ and fulfil the command that to ‘whom much is given, much will be expected’ (Luke 12:48). Our Community Engagement Strategy looks to develop significant partnerships between the College and the wider South African community and make a positive contribution so that there is an understanding of one another’s needs.
Involvement in community engagement programmes and projects are an integral component of the holistic education concept and all Saints students are encouraged to become actively involved. Community Engagement forms part of the curriculum; it is not just an “optional extra” for students but an essential feature of their education in the wider classroom.