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 Religious Education

St Peter’s Primary School is a faith community. Our school values the task of catering for each individual in terms of personal, academic, social and spiritual growth.  The Religion Curriculum P-12, developed by Brisbane Catholic Education, describes core content that is to be taught and that students should learn and is therefore the starting point for planning for teaching, learning and assessing of Religion in schools.

The four strands of the Religion curriculum P-12 (Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life) are interrelated and their content is taught in an integrated way.  Within the context of the Catholic School, the purpose of Religious Education is to teach students about the Catholic religion and to develop religious literacy.    Through the Religious Education Program, students are offered access to a faith tradition that is rich and life-giving. The development of the child’s spirituality is central to our mission. The School and Parish work together to foster the Parish Sacramental Program.   The Parish Sacramental Team is, along with parents and family, responsible for the preparation of children to celebrate the sacraments of Penance, Confirmation and First Eucharist.

 

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RELIGIOUS LIFE OF THE SCHOOL

Classroom Prayer:  There is an expectation that teachers will involve their classes in prayers appropriate to the age level of their students. Each class will participate in daily prayer. Prayer will be teacher directed or student led.  It is an expectation that in each classroom, students will pray together at the commencement of the day, before meals at morning tea and lunch and at the end of the day.

Each classroom will have a designated Sacred Space. The Sacred Space should reflect the Season of the Church year through use of colour. A bible, prayer books, pictures and charts will be available for use by the teacher and students.

Symbols associated with the heritage of the Catholic faith and the school should be part of the Sacred Space: Crucifix; Lamp; Candle; to tie with the name Nagle (Founder of the presentation Sister’s)

Sharing Prayer at School Assemblies:  Throughout the year, each class will have the opportunity to present prayer at Assembly. The prayer should be related to the unit of work currently undertaken; to a celebration within the Church eg a feast day, Lent, Mission Week etc. or to an appropriate event such as Australia Day, Anzac Day and so forth.

Class Liturgies:  The Parish Priest is usually available to the school on a Thursday. He is happy to celebrate Liturgies of the Word, Masses, Reconciliations (2nd Rite) and to pray and visit with the children.

Whole School Masses and Liturgies:  These celebrations take place in the Church and focus on major Feast Days or events.  Students sit with their buddy class and are involved in the readings, prayers, singing and other rituals

Parish/Community Masses:  Each Friday, classes are invited to attend the Parish Mass at 9.30am.  A roster is prepared that gives students in the school an opportunity to be part of these celebrations.