St Patrick’s Primary School shares and promotes the Vision for Religious Education articulated by Brisbane Catholic Education to:
‘aspire to educate and form students who are challenged to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who are literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society.’ (Religious Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane Curriculum, PE12)
Our mission is to develop students as lifelong learners through a balanced curriculum enriched by Gospel values whilst empowering them to make a positive contribution to the community. The four strands of the Religion Curriculum (Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life) are interrelated and their content is taught in an integrated way to develop our learners’ religious literacy so that all may participate critically and effectively as lifelong learners within our faith communities and in society.
The attached overviews provide the focus of Religion Curriculum units for each year level for the year. Parents will be informed about the content being covered each term through parent newsletters which are sent home at the beginning of each term and through updates in the school newsletters. These letters are also available on the school website through the Class Pages link.
The four components of the Religious Life of the School (Religious Identity and Culture; Evangelisation and Faith Formation; Prayer and Worship; and Social Action and Justice) are distinctive aspects of the way each member of our community lives their faith. Our aim is to provide opportunities for each person to develop a close personal relationship with God.
Religious Identity and Culture
St Patrick’s Primary derives its identity and culture from its Catholic Christian character and accepts the challenge to be a real and living expression of the Church’s pastoral mission in the world. Our school has a rich tradition which is based on the charisms of our four founders; Mary MacKillop, Catherine McAuley, Edmund Rice and Fr Matthew Horan. Our school history has been richly blessed by the dedication and hard work of the Sisters of St Joseph, the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers together with the building work of our first Parish Priest. Our challenge now is to keep our school story alive by remembering those that have had the biggest impact on trail-blazing our St Patrick’s Primary story. The Spirit of St Patrick’s Primary School is underpinned by the values of compassion, dignity, justice, community and wisdom. We seek to live this Spirit in the way we welcome, serve and inspire.
Evangelisation and Faith Formation
The school gives a very high priority and commitment to Evangelisation and Faith Formation within the school. Experiences which promote and support the spiritual and faith formation of students and staff
are positively engaged in by members of the school community. This emphasis is seen in the very high profile Religious Education and Religious Life of the School plays in daily school life, promoting a strong sense of prayer and mission in everyday life and guiding our professional development opportunities.
There is also a very strong and active relationship with the parish and an ongoing commitment to building and sustaining the capacity and commitment of staff to give Christian witness and contribute to the mission of the Church.