Why is the Anglican Church involved in schooling? This may best be summed up by quoting the Church of England report “The Way Ahead”:

Anglican Schools are places where “a particular vision of humanity is offered.”

This vision of humanity, of what it means to be a person, is seen in the life of Jesus.

It informs us that humans are more than just brains or bodies. That there is a spiritual aspect to all people and that this should not be neglected.

Education is therefore about helping people become all God has made them to be.


Haim Ginot quotes a letter written by a survivor of a concentration camp:

Dear Teacher

I am a survivor of a concentration camp

My eyes saw what no men should witness:

gas chambers built by engineers;

children poisoned by educated physicians;

infants killed by trained nurses;

women and babies shot and burned by high school graduates.

So, I am suspicious of your education.

My request is: help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmanns.

Reading, writing, arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.

Anglican Schools share this ideal. That at the heart of education is the intention for all people to become more human.