The purpose of a Catholic School is for its members to live the mission of Jesus in daily experiences of school life. As a consequence, the essential culture of the Catholic School has emerged as being characterised as a community of faith, possessing a religious atmosphere, having positive human relationships, setting educational goals, engaging parental involvement and practising sound organisation and administration. At Marymount Primary, Religious Education is a key learning area standing alongside the other Key Learning Areas in our Catholic School Curriculum.
In the baptismal ritual the Church commits itself to assist parents in the religious education of their children. The Archdiocese has undertaken to "promote faith learning that is life-long and life-giving" and to "nourish and co-operatively support through education the faith life of families". Marymount Primary School accepts as its mission to promote within its community the Gospel message of Christ and bring all members to a relationship with God.
This policy statement provides a basic description of the nature and aims of religious education that will guide parents, parishes, teachers and schools in their role as religious educators.
All people are created "in the image and likeness of God", and so are imbued with a natural spiritual yearning. They seek to understand themselves in the light of the transcendent. Any genuine education must address this religious dimension of life. In addition, initiation into the Christian community carries with it a continuing need to grow in understanding of and participation in the faith heritage that gives it life. Hence every young Christian, by reason of humanity and baptism, has a claim to be educated religiously.
The religious education of our Catholic young people at Marymount Primary seeks to foster their:
If students are to engage in religious education that achieves the above goals and the following implications require consideration:
Young people should not be seen as merely passive recipients of religious education. Increasingly they have responsibility to choose and actively participate in religious education suited to their age, faith development and personal needs.
The Catholic school encourages and supports the religious education and faith development of its students in all areas of school life.
The experience of Christian belief and values being lived out within the daily community life of the school and their being explicitly presented in a variety of more structural learning situations (both within the broad curriculum and in formal Religious Education lessons) provide for this development.
The school's Religious Education program consciously seeks to identify and provide for a range of activities and situations that will achieve this.
The Sacramental Program is parish-based. Catechesis and sacramental preparation are related though distinct activities. Catechesis is the continuing process of faith education and development. Its goal is growth in maturity of faith. The school is involved in this area of catechesis through the religious education of the child. Sacramental preparation is the specific pastoral activity, involving family and parish community that precedes and accompanies celebration of the sacraments. Notification of the Parish Sacramental Program will be given each year through the Parish Bulletin and School Newsletter. For more information contact our APRE.