Religious Education Program
"As the primary educators of their children, parents have special responsibilities regarding Catholic schools. Chief among them is to help ensure that the school's life and practices are consistent with a distinctively Catholic environment."
(Mandate Letter, Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia, para. 57)
Our goal in teaching Religious Education is to assist you, the parent, in nurturing your child's faith development and Religious literacy. Teachers at St Helena's follow the R.E. Guidelines as set by the Perth Archdiocese for all Catholic schools.
Religious Education at St Helena's Catholic Primary School comprises two distinct but complementary dimensions – teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious. Teaching people religion is an educational activity focused on the teaching and learning of religion and utilising a range of learning processes and resources. Teaching people to be religious is identified with the religious life of the school and is a faith development activity focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith growth of students. Religious education is taught in a context with the same systematic demands and rigour as any other learning area.
The Religious Education program possesses five learning area outcomes. Each Religious Education Unit follows a cyclical process that involves three essential steps:
A. Wondering at the Creator
We wonder at experiences of being human and what religious meaning is given to these experiences. We try to understand what attribute of God is revealed through these experiences.
B. The Promise of Christian Salvation
Looking at what Jesus models to us through the Christian Promise and how Jesus empowers us to live like him.
C. Christian Response
Looking at Christ's power through His Church and how we can continue to wonder at Christian possibilities and become the person God wants us to be.
Pre-Primary and Year One will cover 12 units over the year. Year Two to Six cover eights units of work. These units follow the following themes:
Children participate in Sacramental programs in Year Three (Penance), Year Four (Eucharist) and Year Six (Confirmation). Parents are an integral part of this preparation and are encouraged to assist the class teacher in any way they can. Parent information sessions are held as part of the preparation for each sacrament and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.