Religious Education

We believe that Religious Education is a lifelong process to which Catholic schooling contributes. Its purposes are:  

1. to foster within each individual a growing understanding of and relationship with God;  

2. to help individuals to understand themselves and their Catholic faith tradition and to have an appreciation of the faith traditions of others;  

3. to enable individuals to participate fully in the life of the Catholic community;  

4. to heighten each individual’s commitment to bringing the light of their faith to a discerning encounter with the surrounding culture and thus working towards its transformation.

All Religious Education teaching and learning in Catholic schools in our Archdiocese is based on the core curriclulum found in 'Treasures New and Old'.  

Sacramental Programs

The students at our school are involved in a shared school and home based sacramental program. These program are closely supported by our Parish community.The prime responsibility for the children's preparation lies in the example and Catholic practice of the family, and the school and Parish will do their utmost to assist in any way they can. Information regarding the Sacraments is published at appropriate times throughout the year.  

The Sacramental Programs for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are Parish-based and centre on the home. The school teaches specific programs in preparation for each Sacrament.   The Parish offers special preparation programs for parents to help parents assist their child in preparing and celebrating the Sacrament. Sacraments are then celebrated within the Parish community. The general schedule for receiving the Sacraments is:

 

Year 3 - Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of Eucharist

Year 6 - Sacrament of Confirmation 

 

‘The Catholic school participates in the evangelising mission of the Church and is the privileged environment in which Christian education is carried out. The parent’s role to play an active part in the faith development of their children and in so doing, complement and support the school in this vital aspect of the child’s life. The Catholic school shares the Church’s mission of evangelisation; that is, to proclaim and spread the Gospel throughout the world so that humanity might be renewed and transformed. Its approach is comprehensive: ‘witness and proclamation, word and sacrament, interior change and social transformation’. Exercised in a spirit of cooperation, several complementary roles directly serve the mission of the Catholic school. Parents, as the first teachers of their children, retain prime responsibility for fostering their growth, by word and example, in faith and Christian living.Before all others, parents are bound to form their children, by word and example, in faith and in Christian living.’
(Code of Canon Law, 1983, Can. 774 #2)