At St Simon the Apostle Primary School, parents are the prime faith educators and students attend special prayer nights in preparation for on going faith formation as part of our Religious Education Curriculum.
Young students are introduced to our Catholic tradition through daily prayer, Bible stories that are retold in simple language, Liturgies as well as participation within special masses. The children are able to retell stories about Jesus and why these stories relate to their lives today.
Our Catholic teachings impact on the way our students live out their daily lives showing care, respect and uniqueness for each other in the classroom and in the playground. Special prayer nights form the junior and senior Religious Education Curriculum, as the school works very closely with the Parish in the delivery of the Parish Sacramental Program.
When rich and powerful learning experiences are provided students take responsibility for themselves as they engage in authentic and just action for the common good of all, with consideration for the most vulnerable. At St Simon the Apostle we seek to create a Spirit filled community of students, parents and staff as all of us engage in a life long journey of faith development depending on our individual narrative. Our curriculum links drawn from Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament), and Christian Scripture (New Testament), assist our students to make links and contextualise this information for life in today's world. As Catholic Primary teachers we continually work at further developing a sound understanding of Hebrew and Christian scripture links that further enhance our Catholic tradition. The origin of Catholic Social Teaching principles together with Religious Education becomes a meaningful springboard for many other subject areas where Religious Education sits at the core.
As this method of teaching is inductive, it works well with our contemporary inquiry process. Engaging students within the Religious Education Curriculum needs to also acknowledge the many distractions confronting students. As technology plays a major part in the lives of young people today it is important to use relevant, provocative and engaging resources when planning our curriculum units.
Students are invited to work within a group, with a partner during sharing sessions. This is especially important during Religious Education sessions as there needs to be time to share experiences of the topic/subject, then to listen to others experiences and make sense of what one hears. We impress upon the student to listen to the data of human experience rather than making assumptions? The students are encouraged to ask, "What is this information telling me about this problem?"
"What do I think?" " What do others think?"
Laurie Pace resides in Texas in the USA. She states that God is the giver of the gift and it is through the Holy Spirit that she paints. She was honoured our school approached her wanting to use her image in combination with our school theme. Thank you Laurie for your amazing image.