Christ the Priest Catholic Primary has a visible Catholic symbolic culture and active sacramental and liturgical practices. Our Vision, ethos and curriculum invite and support students to discover God’s presence in their daily lives. We strive to challenge and support our students to understand themselves and the world in which they live through a worldview founded in Scripture and in the various traditions of the Catholic community. We recognise that faith development is a lifelong journey and acknowledge parents as the first faith educators of their children.
At Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School, Religious Education is central to our existence as a Catholic school. It defines and underpins who we are as a Catholic community and guides us in our decisions. Our teaching content is drawn from the Religious Education Curriculum Framework, developed in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and revised in 2018.
At Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School, we believe that Religious Education is concerned with:
- nurturing the faith of our students and the school community within the context of our Catholic tradition and its relationship to our everyday lives;
- empowering our children to critique the world and take positive action through a Gospel view with a sense of hope;
- developing the ability to both forgive and ask for forgiveness;
- teaching knowledge, doctrine and church teachings in order to positively influence attitudes and values;
- building a culture of prayer, reflection and discussion where students can express their faith;
- sharing, appreciating and celebrating our individual and communal stories and connecting them with Jesus’ teachings and other Scripture;
- modelling Gospel values;
- supporting our children and families to celebrate the Sacraments of Penance (Year 3), Eucharist (Year 4) and Confirmation (Year 6);
- building a just and supportive school community;
- developing an awareness of and respect for other faiths, cultures and beliefs;
- developing healthy relationships with each other by recognising, appreciating and celebrating each person’s uniqueness;
- fostering a partnership between parents, school and the parish community;
- supporting parents in nurturing the faith development of their children;
- providing regular opportunities for participation in Mass and liturgies, including special occasions and feast days.