Religious and Spiritual Life
As a Catholic school, Holy Child observes traditional aspects of the faith, including morning prayer services and the liturgical celebration of Holy Days; however, Holy Child embraces the diverse and rich faith traditions of all of our students and faculty, and we are dedicated to providing a warm and open forum for exploring spiritual expression.
Religious studies courses are a required component of Holy Child's extensive curriculum. Some classes are devoted to the study of the Catholic faith, while others introduce students to the study of world religions, ethics and the role of faith in our modern world. These courses incorporate service learning so our students begin to learn how they can make a difference in the world.
In addition to regular liturgies and Catholic worship, students and faculty attend class retreats, which allow them precious time to step away from their busy lives to reflect on their faith, regardless of their faith tradition.
Beginning in Middle School, girls learn how they can make a difference in the world. Across the curriculum, our faculty and students look for ways to integrate social justice and ethics into their studies. They also see that true change comes from altering social policy, and they make their collective voices heard through social action. Service Learning is also an integral part of the Global Studies Program, and our girls participate in cultural immersions that include a hands-on service experience.
A fundamental part of School of the Holy Child's mission statement is the expectation that each student take an active role in serving the community outside of campus.
To this end, students in the Upper School will complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation from the Upper School. Last year, the Class of 2016 completed an average of 198 hours serving their community during their years in our Upper School.
At Holy Child, our students respond to poverty, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence and illness by helping those in need. They also see that true change comes from altering social policy, and they make their collective voices heard through social action. Past and present organizations students have worked with include:
- Midnight Run
- Hogar San Francisco de Asis, Chaclacayo, Lima, Peru
- Westhab, Elmsford, New York
- The Mercy Center, Bronx New York
- Carver Center, Port Chester, New York
- My Sister's Place, Yonkers, New York
- Children's Cancer Fund Walk, Yorktown, New York
- Breast Cancer Walk, American Cancer Society
- AIDS Walk, Ubuntu, New York, New York
- Hour Children, Queens, New York
- Juvenile Diabetes, White Plains, New York
- Habitat for Humanity, Yonkers, New York
- Blythedale Children's Hospital, Valhalla, New York
- Katrina Relief, Henriette De Lille School, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Earthquake Relief, Haiti
- Christmas gifts for Cabrini Immigration Services
- Bereavement Center of Westchester, Tuckahoe New York