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Religious Education

 

Parents entrust their children to our care, with various expectations. By choosing a Catholic school, they should be able to find an environment that is permeated by Gospel values and one that challenges everyone to move towards personal wholeness. Students at Sts Peter and Paul come from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. We believe our school community has the potential to enrich the faith and educational opportunities available to all.

 

Our school community acts in partnership with parents as we nurture the faith of their children through experiences of unity, mutual affection, belonging and prayer. Each staff member is called to contribute to the faith of the school and has the responsibility of creating and participating in the prayer and liturgical life of the school.

 

Students are encouraged to seek God in their lives, through actions, sincere prayer, active liturgy and appropriate social involvement. We have children participating in daily prayer and in weekly prayer assemblies. Each term, children have the opportunity to attend Adoration in the Church, Mass, liturgical celebrations and participate in mission based activities.

 

The Religious Education Curriculum is based on “Treasures New and Old”, the Religious Education Curriculum K-12 for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. All parts of the curriculum are designed to ensure that: the student knows, understands and values the living faith tradition and mission of the Catholic Church .

 

Core Values are the deeper values that we want our students to develop. These are related to the Annual Integrated School Focus. We determine how we will witness these values being treated seriously in each class. “Walter the Jellybean Dragon” enables the students to visually record when they witness others living these values. Specific skills are the focus during values prayer mornings and reinforced during Masses, Liturgies and Assemblies. We welcome parents to all of our school celebrations.

 

Children are prepared for Reconciliation in Year 2, First Communion (Eucharist) in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6. Parent meetings and information nights held in the Parish, are part of these programs, linking the school and parish. Unless families are able to support their child at this time we recommend that families wait until they are ready as a family to prepare for the sacrament.

Religious Education Syllabus

The Religious Education Guidelines syllabus, Treasures New and Old, is organised into content and key values into four strands which include Sacramental and liturgical  content where appropriate. The content strands are as follows:

 

GOD AND GOD’S CREATION is concerned with how understandings of God and the created world shape Christian beliefs, Church teachings and Church practice. In this strand students have opportunities to explore and clarify personal and social values of respect, cooperation, responsibility and fairness.

 

JESUS AND DISCIPLESHIP is concerned with making meaning of Scriptural texts in order to understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. In this strand students have opportunities to explore and clarify personal and social values of compassion, service and forgiveness.

 

CHURCH AND THE WORLD is concerned with how the mystery of God in the world has been understood and expressed by the Church and the implications it has for contemporary living. In this strand students have opportunities to explore and clarify personal and social values of peace, freedom and tolerance.

 

PRAYER AND CELELBRATION is concerned with Sacraments of the Church, prayer, ritual and spirituality and how these are expressed in Church and other contexts. In this strand students have opportunities to develop well being and to explore and clarify personal and social values of peace, freedom and tolerance.

Catholic Education Office, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. (2009) Treasures New and Old, Core Document. Brookvale: Prior Press.

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