Our School - Religious Education
At St. Therese’s School, our Catholic identity permeates all that we do. Our Religious Education Curriculum is based on the Catholic Archdiocese Framework, Coming to Know, Worship and Love.
Our rich and engaging Religious Education Curriculum is divided into three parts.
- To Know - students explore the Catholic Tradition
- To Worship - students learn various types of prayer, formal and informal and participate in the Sacramental and liturgical life of the school
- To Love - students learn about Catholic values and the call to be disciples of Jesus, by living through the values and having a strong understanding of our responsibility to social justice issues.
In the Junior years of primary school, students are introduced to the Good Shepherd Experience of learning. This technique has been developed with a clear focus on how young children learn through story, participating in prayer and reflection.
In the Middle and Senior years of primary school, students seek understanding of the Catholic Faith through the Inquiry Process. The Inquiry Process facilitates thinking about and exploration of the Catholic Truths. Students are also introduced to different perspectives of the Catholic Tradition and form deeper, personal religious understandings. Students are given the opportunity to build upon their personal experiences of religion and question the Catholic faith in a supportive and respectful environment. The Inquiry Process also leads students into action, which allows the curriculum to link with social justice issues of today’s world.
At St. Therese’s School, our Sacramental program runs throughout the school. Each year level will cover the understandings of Penance (Reconciliation), Eucharist (Communion) and Confirmation in their own form. However, the receiving of these Sacraments occurs in the middle and senior years. Students in Year Three receive the Sacrament of Penance, Year Four students receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist and Year Six students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our Sacramental program is closely linked with the Parish.
The students are given the opportunity to link in with the Parish in various forms, such as:
- family masses
- special events (e.g. Holy Thursday Washing of the Feet, Christmas Play at the Christmas Eve Mass)
- class led masses