‘Actions speak louder than words’ St Anthony of Padua
At St Anthony’s, we work in partnership with parents, parish and community to develop a sense of a positive relationship with our God, ourselves, our communities, and our world through positive celebration and visible signs of our Catholic identity. We respect the freedom of students with regard to individual stages of development, cultural diversity and religious belief.
At St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School we aim to:
- To experience the hope expressed through the Catholic Tradition.
- To provide a Religious Education Program that is connected to real life and provides knowledge about Christian traditions, with opportunities for dialogue with other traditions and perspectives
- To nurture faith through the life of the school community through regular prayer, celebration of liturgy and the Religious Education Program
- To challenge students to develop a deeper understanding of their own personal faith commitment.
- To support families in the faith education of children at St. Anthony’s, and to encourage families to share in the life of the Parish.
St. Anthony’s Religious education curriculum is based on the “Religious Education Curriculum Framework” from Catholic Education Melbourne. Students and teachers use a combination of the Inquiry learning and ‘Pedagogy of Encounter’ approach to planning and delivering learning on topics in RE, where students and teachers are invited to consider 5 elements:
- What do I think and sense?
- What do others think and why?
- What does the Catholic Church teach and why?
- How am I called into a deeper relationship with God?
- What do I think now and why?
This enables students and teachers to journey together in the discovery and development of knowledge on topics in Religious Education and to deepen faith and their relationship with our God.
As well as formal lessons, our Religious Education program is supported by opportunities for individual classes to participate in regular liturgical celebrations with our Parish community. We engage in bi-weekly whole school meditation in classes, regular opportunities for personal and communal prayer, and regular school assemblies with a prayer focus. Each individual class also has the opportunity to organise, plan and participate in ‘Class Masses’, celebrated by our Parish Priest in St. Anthony’s Church. Students, parents, staff and parishioners are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join us in these celebrations.
St. Anthony’s Sacramental Program is implemented within our P-6 Religious Education program. Formal celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation follow the guidelines of the Archdiocese and are celebrated as follows:
- Reconciliation: Year 3
- Eucharist: Year 4
- Confirmation: Year 6
We hold Parent Faith Information Evenings with expert guest speakers to enable us to work in partnership with parents and families in preparing our students for receiving Sacraments; journeying in our faith together as a community.