At St Philomena School we seek to foster a life long love of reading. To this end, we hold in special place the study of classical literary works to lead our students to an appreciation of “the best that has been thought and said in the world” and inspire them to apply these profound lessons to their own lives.
Classical works of literature are valued especially because they use language artfully to teach universally accepted notions of what is true, good and beautiful. For that reason, when selecting books, St Philomena School looks for three things: literary language; worthy stories and characters; and quality illustrations. The choice of books seeks to answer the following questions: Does this story ennoble the child’s mind? What aesthetic, intellectual and moral models does it place before her? Will it help with the formation of better character in the student?