Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is an integral part of our school programme. As a Catholic School we offer Christian religious instruction in the Catholic tradition through a comprehensive and systematic programme.

The programme includes:

Religious Education Lessons: which follows the ‘Journey in Faith’ program, a systematic and well-developed sequential program.  Life experiences and a raised awareness of God’s presence in ourselves, others, the world and our faith community form the basis of our program.

Made in the Image of God (MITIOG): is the human sexuality component of our Religious Education program. There are four strands within Made in the Image of God. These strands are Being Human, Being Moral, Being Connected and Being Sexual and are taught in conjunction with Journey in Faith. During the teaching of the sexuality strand of Made in the Image of God we pay particular attention to the role of parents as first educators. Parents are invited to be a part of an overview committee at school and are given clear outlines as to content being taught.

Making Jesus Real – MJR: The MJR Approach is incorporated into everyday life at our school through the use of basic manners, a positive attitude, showing a tolerance toward others, giving time for reflection and using encouraging language to highlight the “behaviours, values and attitudes that we want to ‘see’ in our students”.

Students are encouraged to catch others Making Jesus Real and to nominate them for recognition. Each week, a collection of MJR moments are published in our school’s newsletter.

Celebrations: in the form of joyful involvement in prayer, mass, events in the Church’s liturgical calendar and sacramental celebrations.  Each week begins with Monday morning whole School prayer, lead by our School Captains.  Each year level celebrates a mass or liturgy each term, celebrated by our Parish Priest.

Parish Sacramental Program: the Parish and the School recognise and support the belief that parents are the primary educators of their children.  To support students and their families in faith formation the parish has developed a program that involves families in the preparation of the sacraments.

Whilst the school, as part of its RE program, focuses on the sacraments, especially Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation, preparation for reception of the sacraments remains a parish and family responsibility and parents must enrol their children in parish programs if they wish their children to receive the sacraments.

Missionary Works: Catholic schools have a special outreach to the poor and the marginalised.  The school endeavours to pray for the poor, fundraise, increase understandings about the poor and to undertake personal good works to support missionary programs such as Caritas Australia, Project Compassion and Mission Week.