-Sue Lowney, Everest Collegiate High School and Academy Admissions Director
Everest is a Gift
As the parent of an Everest Collegiate High School graduate, I have a unique perspective as to why Everest is a gift. Making the right decisions for our children is not always easy. As parents, we all want our children to be happy, safe and be ready to handle what life has in store for them. But what does that truly mean?
Because we are all created in God’s likeness and image, God is an innate part of who we are as people and as a school. He has a unique plan for each of us, and it is in this process of fulfilling His plan where we will find true happiness. In essence, then, happiness really does come from within, just like the beauty of our school.
I believe one of the blessings God has given us as parents is the responsibility to help our kids grow from within. That is where the uniqueness of Everest Collegiate High School and Academy first becomes apparent. The school embodies the Catholic view of education that recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children while it also supports and works together as a team in those efforts.
An education at Everest is a gift on so many levels. It is a gift of faith: Faith in knowing that no matter how challenging or difficult school might be, students are surrounded by a positive and encouraging staff that does not want them to fail. It is a gift of opportunity: The opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment where students’ strengths are stretched while their weaknesses are strengthened. It is a gift of expectation: Where expectations are clearly stated, students have an understanding of those expectations and develop a confidence in meeting them. It is the gift of family: An environment that allows children and parents to grow together while fulfilling the plans that God has for each of them, as well as being part of the bigger “Everest Family Community” that supports everyone.
An education at Everest is also deeply rooted in the virtues and values of our Catholic faith and tradition. The virtues of faith, hope, love, charity, respect, integrity, perseverance, humility, honesty and all Christian based virtues are interwoven into the things we do as a school.
While we do not expect perfection at Everest Collegiate High School and Academy, we do strive to give God and our school our best. For we know with God, nothing shall be impossible as stated in Mark 10:27: “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Every day our students are our gift from God, how we help form, nurture and prepare our students for life, is our gift back to Him.