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Religious Education

 

As a School Community at St. Patrick's, we promote the teachings and vision given to us by Jesus in both the formal and informal curriculum. We nurture the talents, abilities and spirituality of our students to enable them to “Grow by God’s Gifts” and live faith filled lives as part of the Catholic Church.

 

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14: 6. It is through the ministry and teachings of Jesus that we come to know the Father, the giver of life, who created the Earth and each one of us. We are loved by the Father and He knows each of us by name.

With Jesus as our guide, we are called to embark on a journey of faith, living the Gospel values in our daily lives. ‘Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another’ John 13:34.  This is the vision and the challenge that Jesus gave to us.

St Patrick’s is part of the Catholic Church in the 21st Century. We are placing the teachings of Jesus and our Catholic traditions into our contemporary and diverse culture. In an ever-changing world we are guided by the Holy Spirit to “act justly and to love mercifully and walk humbly with our God” Micah 6:8.

 

All students at St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School participate in religious education classes, prayer and liturgies. These experiences are a fundamental part of their learning in our school.

 

Religion Lessons at St. Patrick’s

The classroom teaching of Religion is an integral part of the curriculum at St. Patrick’s. Taught each day, children are educated in their faith to gain an understanding of the traditions and history of the Catholic Church, beliefs and practices. By engaging students in quality learning experiences, we aim to develop a religious dimension that enhances responses to, and love for, the Catholic faith. The overall goal of classroom religion is expressed by the diocesan policy as:

To enhance or promote knowledge and understanding of the traditions of the Catholic community: its story, its experiences and its teachings, through the following four strands: Jesus and Scripture, History and Beliefs, Celebration and Prayer, Justice and Morality.  

 

Prayer at St. Patrick’s

The beginning of each school week starts with the School Prayer and School Song at the morning assembly. Our school song is sung at school assemblies and other important gatherings.  Staff meetings and other gatherings begin with prayer.  Regular meaningful prayer is encouraged in the classroom.

 

Liturgies at St. Patrick’s

School liturgies are centred on the liturgical season of the church, the parish sacramental program and special events such as feast days.  All primary classes celebrate mass with the parish community on a regular basis. Whole school liturgies are also celebrated throughout the year.

 

The Religious Education Coordinator (REC) is:

Mrs Marryanne Hacker