‘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)
Religious Education at St Jerome’s Primary School follows the Perth Archdiocese Religious Education Units of Work. This program is to promote understanding of Christian beliefs and practices. Religious education is taught in a context with the same systematic demands and rigour as any other learning area.
Religious Education possesses five learning area outcomes that link to the Curriculum Framework. 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.