Religious Education Program
This is our prime Key Learning Area. Through the Diocesan Syllabus “Sharing Our Story’ we support parents in fostering their child’s faith development.
The Diocesan Syllabus outlines the courses of study with desired outcomes and content structured in stages covering Years K to 12. It develops Catholic beliefs, traditions and practices in a systematic fashion. It is designed to engage the student’s mind and heart. The key concepts covered are –
- Christian Life
Learning in each stage consolidates, builds on, and develops learning from previous stages.
Encourage your children to spend at least a few moments in morning and night prayer (at night especially) and be with them at prayer time. Pray with them. Have members of the family say Grace together at meal times. Sunday Mass is the great event of the week when all the members of God's family come.
Religious & Pastoral Programs
Faith experiences are offered to students of St Patrick’s through many avenues, including:
- Monday morning whole school prayer
- Daily prayer in the classroom
- Class liturgies each Friday at whole school assembly
- Primary students participation in Reconciliation liturgies
- Whole school liturgies during Holy week, St Patrick's Feast day, Advent and Christmas
- Year 6 retreat program
- Religious Education program 'Sharing our Story'
- Attendance at community memorial services such as Anzac Day
Sacramental Programs are now Parish based. Children are prepared for First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion at St Patrick’s Cathedral if their families are parishioners. Please consult your home parish bulletin for program dates. Take your children with you to Mass each Sunday. Teach them simple actions, e.g. genuflecting, making the Sign of the Cross.
The children will learn prayers at school and be encouraged to pray as a class. All children are involved in whole school masses at least once each term. Children in primary classes also attend Friday Mass at least once a term.
Pastoral Care of Students
Pastoral care of students is a high priority at St Patrick's Primary and an important aspect of making all feel safe, valued and respected. This is supported through a number of programs:
- Religious Education - strengthening values
- Protective behaviours - keeping safe, being protected, and assertive behaviours
- Anti-bullying - developing positive relationships
- Social skills - developing sensitivity and awareness of others needs and accepting each persons strengths and weaknesses
- Buddy system - senior classes working with younger children, developing
- Student Leadership Policy