It could be said that a patron saint should be a model and example for a Church. In our case our patron is St Peter, originally called Simon he was a fisherman who was one of the first to follow Jesus.
Traditionally St Peter has been seen as symbol of authority, recognised by the Roman Catholic Church as the first Pope and seen as standing at the pearly gates keys in hand.
However the real St Peter was far from an authority making frequent mistakes and trying but getting an awful lot of things wrong! For our school seeking to model ourselves on this Peter the following story is important, it concerns a conversation between Peter and Jesus
Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist. Others say Elijah. Still others say Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah. You are the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you! No mere human showed this to you. My Father in heaven showed it to you."
What we see is that Jesus trusts St Peter to form his own opinion and he trusts God to help Peter to do this. Far from informing Peter of the right answer Jesus helps him to own his faith and to decide for himself.
This is how we model this life of St Peter as a school.