Family & Faith Program

What is the Family and Faith Program?

The Family and Faith program is an initiative of Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) in response to the New Evangelisation Agenda.

Parents are, of course, the first educators of their children – not just cognitively, but also spiritually. When you chose to baptise your child, you promised to bring him/her up in the faith of God’s family. When you enrolled your child in a Catholic school, you did so because you wanted to receive a high-quality education based on Gospel values.

The aim of the Family and Faith program is to provide further energy and support to families in the development of their child – spiritually, socially and educationally. Mrs Deanna Harden has been appointed as St Patrick's Catholic Primary School's Family Educator to implement the program. Throughout the year she will organise invitational events, information sessions and activities for families. 

These opportunities will strengthen the relationships between the school, families and parish as we journey together in Christ.

What can I expect from the program?

Children achieve more when schools and families work together. That is why involving parents in the education, spiritual formation and social development of their children is important. With this in mind, you will be invited to join in events, information sessions and activities based on such things as:

  • the importance of family
  • suggestions and ideas for parenting
  • journeying with your child through the Sacraments
  • the influence of family on the child
  • strengthening relationships within the school/parish community
  • helping parents to understand the curriculum
  • strengthening your own prayer life

How can I be a part of the program?

All parents and families with children enrolled at our school are welcome to take part in the Family and Faith program. You can learn about the Family and Faith program by reading information sent home in special bulletins and newsletters as well as in the school's fortnightly newsletter.

Various initiatives have been implemented at St Patrick's Catholic Primary, including:

  • SPAR (Stop, Pray and Reflect)
  • Tender Tales (Story and craft for the younger siblings of St Patrick's Students, who have not yet started school)
  • Mini Vinnies Team
  • JOY (Joy Of Youth) Visits to Nagle Apartments
  • Information sessions for parents on a variety of topics
  • Support for Parish-based Sacramental Programs
  • Parent faith formation
  • Special events throughout the year

For more information, please contact our Family Faith Educator Mrs Deanna Harden at: deanna.harden@syd.catholic.edu.au