Religious Education

An integral part of the daily life of Holy Name Primary School is the Religious Education of our students.

Religious Education is however more than a formal curriculum area; the message of Jesus and the search for wisdom and knowledge of God permeates everything we do at Holy Name Primary School.

This is evidenced by the three interdependent spheres of school life that form the student’s education in Faith.

The first of these are the formal Religious Education classes in which students explore and come to a greater understanding of the traditions, beliefs and corresponding actions that form the basis of a Catholic way of life.

The second of these areas is found in the liturgical life of the school. Participation in prayer, the sacraments and other forms of liturgy are an opportunity for students to celebrate their faith and represent our school as a place of vibrant worship. Class masses are celebrated during the term, and parents are also invited to attend.

The third area is concerned with students trying to live their lives according to the values their faith espouses.

It is acknowledged that the role of parents in the Religious Education of their children is more significant than in other curriculum areas. In fact parents hold the major responsibility for the education in faith of their children whilst the school supports them and their life of faith within the parish context.

The Religious Education curriculum from Year Prep to Year Two is founded upon the Good Shepherd model and utilizes the experience of Godly Play. The telling of stories accompanied by visual aids allows the students to come to know Jesus Christ through the stories in the New Testament. The students are encouraged to reflect upon the stories with wonderings and then explore parts of these stories that have significance for them.

The Religious Education curriculum from Year Three to Six is presented on the premise that students use the three dimensions of the enquiry process to gather information. This includes the process of:

* gaining knowledge and understanding of Catholic traditions, beliefs and practices

* reasoning and responding that lead to particular ways of thinking and responding

* personal and communal engagement in spiritual life,

This is a sequential process but also invites reflection upon, and the revisiting of previous dimensions, to consolidate and further develop understandings and to challenge previously formed thoughts.

The Sacramental program is an integral part of the school’s Religious Education Program. These celebrations are an overt sign of the school’s vibrant worship.

Students make their First Reconciliation in Year Three, First Communion in Year Four and Confirmation in Year Six.