Religious Education

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Religious Education at St Bernard’s

Religious Education is one of the 8 Key Learning areas. As such it is taught in a similar manner to the other K L As such as Maths, English or Science. Our new Religious Education Curriculum has the following strands.

Sacred Texts comprises three distinct yet interrelated sub strands of Old Testament, New Testament, and Chritian Spiritual Writings and Wisdom.

Beliefs  has three distinct yet interrelated sub strands of Trinity: God Jesus the Christ, Spirit, Human Existence and World Religions.

Church  compromises three distinct yet interrelated sub strands of Liturgy and Sacraments, People of God,Church History.

Christian Life compromises three distinct yet interrelated sub strands of Moral formation, Mission and Justice, Prayer and Spirituality.

 

However, there are two sharply contrasting components to Religious Education. There is the teaching of Religion, which is the knowledge and skills component, and teaching people to be religious in a particular way, which is the faith component. This distinction is made because it is recognised that the development of the faith life of a child is the privilege of the parents, who are to be supported by the parish and the Catholic School.

As a Catholic School we teach the knowledge, skills and processes of religion and leave the faith development to the parents. To put it simply, we teach the children about God and we ask you to teach your children to love God and to include God in every aspect of their life. Teaching your child to love and include God in their life involves things like:

  • waking them in the morning with a prayer,

  • talking about how you experience God,

  • including God in your conversation,

  • seeing God in nature,

  • saying a prayer as you settle them into bed at night,

  • asking for God’s help,

  • taking them to mass.

 

Within school life there is a blending of the two distinctions of religion. St Bernard’s has a very rich liturgical life. We incorporate faith development when we engage in morning prayers, assembly, year level masses, liturgies, and secular event such as Anzac Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day which we always begin by celebrating as a community with prayer and then with hospitality.