Our Religious Education Program
St. Michael's Primary School uses the Diocesan Religious Education Curriculum, "Awakenings".
"Awakenings" is a comprehensive and sequential curriculum framework that is informed by the Doctrine of the Catholic Tradition and is presented to teachers and students in a way that reflects current understandings about teaching and learning. "Awakenings" (p.55) states that:
Religious Education intends to awaken us intellectually:
* by encouraging critical thinking and inquiry;
* by firing our imagainative capacity;
* by enlightening our experiences with reason;
* by broadening our perspectives through Scripture and Tradition.
Religious Education intends to awaken us ethically:
* by forming moral character;
* by arousing our desire for wisdom;
* by attuning us to the attitudes of Jesus;
* by promoting responsibility and integrity in living.
Religious Education intends to awaken us spiritually:
* by relating our life to the mystery of God;
* by valuing our interior life and capacities;
* by developing prayerful and liturgical habits;
* by connecting compassion with justice.
Integral to every action that takes place at St. Michael's school, is our Catholic ethos. Our Catholicity permeates every curriculum area, every relationship and every interaction. This Catholic experience of Faith takes place within a formal sense in our Religious Education Program.
We believe Catholic Religious Education is the nurturing and developing of our Catholic faith in an environment where Gospel values are practised and our Catholic heritage learned and accepted.
We do this -
1. by valuing the uniqueness of each individual;
2. encouraging self acceptance;
3. by helping each one to know, love and respond to God.
Religious Education Aims:
Because our school is Catholic we aim to offer personal experiences in Christian living through liturgy, sacramental life, prayer, guidance and example, as well as service organisations.
We encourage parents to enter into the spiritual life of the school by attending liturgies, Masses or becoming involved in Sacramental programs with the children.
Foster a Christian understanding of people's mutual responsibilities for one another.