Religious Education

The Religious Education Curriculum brings together the essential components of knowledge, understanding, appreciation and celebration of our rich tradition. The curriculum is founded on the Emmaus Story which focuses on making sense of everyday life experiences in the broader contexts of mystery, complexity, confusion and awe; gaining access to and understanding the Scriptures, the traditions of the Catholic community, its stories, its experiences and its teachings; responding to the activity of God in their lives and in the whole of creation and celebrating with others the mystery and life of the Risen Christ.

The curriculum is supported by the text books "To Know, Worship and Love" which allow the students to bring home the unit being developed within the classroom and provide opportunities for discussion with their parents.

In Kindergarten to Year Two the curriculum has been designed around principles of early childhood education and therefore incorporates opportunities for students to engage with the Scriptures through Godly Play. The principles of Godly Play are now also incorporated in Years Three to Six, and provide students with an interactive approach to the teaching of Scripture.

Catholic social teaching and our outreach initiatives

"Our Catholic schools play a vital role in promoting and sharing the substance and values of Catholic social teaching. Just as the social mission of the Church is central to the practice of Christian witness and discipleship, so the core dimensions of social teaching- justice, mercy and love- are integral to Catholic Education." (Catholic social teaching- A framework for faith in action, CEO Sydney, 2012)

At St Finbar's, as a community, our staff, students and parents are engaged in a variety of outreach initiatives each year, including the Caritas Lenten appeal, St Vincent De Paul's Adopt a Night and Brekky Van, Charitable Works Fund (CWF), Cana Community Christmas Appeal, and visits to the local Nursing Home by our Year Six students. The secular charities that we support from time to time are guided by the principles set out in our systemic "Catholic social teaching - A framework for faith in action" document.

Mini Vinnies

Mini Vinnies is a group of young people in primary school who get together to help those in need within their school and local community. Mini Vinnies introduces children to social justice issues, to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to living faith through action. The actions of a Mini Vinnies generally involve three components:

‘See’ – Education & Awareness
‘Think’ – Formation & Reflection
‘Do’ – Community Service & Fundraising

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