Religious Education

RELIGIOUS IDENTITY AND MISSION

Religious Education provides education in a Catholic culture where the meaning and message of Jesus Christ is available to students in the teachings of the Gospels. This message permeates all dimensions of school life at St Teresa’s.

Religious Education invites students to discover the faith, hope and love that animates the Catholic tradition.

Lessons and experiences invite our students into a living encounter with the beliefs, values, symbols, rituals, tradition, faith and community of the Catholic Church. It complements the work of parents as the first educators of their children and recognises the primary role played by parents and parishes in the faith development process.

Other learning areas in the curriculum are complemented in many varied ways by Religious Education and by other elements of school life within liturgy, sacraments, prayer, retreats, pastoral care, and outreach animated by the school.

Learning about the Sacraments of the Catholic Church is part of the curriculum for all students. We believe that the parents are the first and foremost educators of their children in the ways of the Faith. For this reason, celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation is a family decision, and the school and parish offers support for families who choose to do this.

Crossways – the Religious Education Framework for SA Catholic Schools can be found here:
http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/religious-education/Page_3823

Students at St Teresa’s are also invited to live Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel and our Mercy charism through their involvement in :
• Community Outreach
• St Vincent de Paul
• Mercy Day Celebrations
• Liturgical Calendar celebrations and masses
• Parish based Sacramental Program

St Joseph’s Parish can be contacted through:
http://www.brightonparish.com.au/

Made in the Image of God (MITIOG)

Made in the Image of God is the official program for sexuality education in South Australian Catholic Schools. It promotes and encourages behaviours founded on Catholic values and incorporates a sequential curriculum firmly based on Catholic moral teaching. The program is arranged in year level groups – Reception to Year 2, Year 3 and 4, Year 5 and 6.

The curriculum is organised into four strands, which explore essential aspects of the human person.

Being Human
This strand aims to affirm the value and dignity of human life and to promote reverence for self, others and the whole of creation.

Being Sexual
This strand aims to explore the spiritual, physical, moral and psychological dimensions of human sexuality and to develop an appreciation of Catholic Church teaching regarding sexuality.

Being Connected
This strand aims to explore the human vocation to love God and neighbour and to develop an appreciation of the interdependence of humanity.

Being Moral
This strand aims to develop an understanding of what it is to be moral and to encourage responsible decision making by exploring the processes of Christian decision making.

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