The Cedars School curriculum is designed to be broad, balanced and academically rigorous.
As you know, the task of a teacher is not simply to impart information or to provide training in skills intended to deliver some economic benefit to society; education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom.
Pope Benedict XVI, 17 September 2010, Twickenham
The Cedars curriculum is broad, balanced and academically rigorous. The emphasis is on teaching boys to think and cultivating a spirit of intellectual adventure through exposure to ‘the best that has been thought and said’. The Liberal Arts approach is designed to enable pupils to join with the great minds of history, rising above their current situation and culture in order to appreciate what is deepest in our human condition: the meaning of love, commitment, sacrifice and generous service to others.
A Liberal Arts education teaches, among other things, a respect for the proper and responsible use of words; a sincere spirit of enquiry and the recognition and appreciation of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. The fruits of a Liberal Arts education – a broad understanding of reality; clarity in thought; excellence in writing and effective speaking skills – are of great benefit in higher education and crucially important to many professions and in positions of leadership.
The Cedars’ curriculum is rooted in a perspective that sees the abundant goodness of the world; in all of creation as a fundamental governing principle. A perspective that sees the nobility and heroism of individuals in struggles throughout history. This perspective leads us to reflect upon all the human riches of our past and the world of today as ways to discover God in the ordinary things; to know and serve Him; in and from the ordinary activities of human life.