Family & Faith Program

What is the Family and Faith Programme?

The Family and Faith program is an initiative of Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS), Sydney, and acknowledges that parents are the first spiritual educators of their children. When you chose to baptise your child, you promised to bring him or 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 support to families in the social, spiritual and academic development of their child. Mrs Michelle Aulsebrook has been appointed as St Therese Family Educator, with the role of implementing the programme and organising invitational events, information sessions and activities for families.These all aim to strengthen the relationships between the school, families and parish as we journey together in Christ. What can I expect from the programme? Children achieve more when schools and families work together, so 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: 

  • Journeying with your child through the sacraments 
  • Strengthening relationships within the school and parish community 
  • Helping parents to understand the curriculum 
  • Strengthening your own prayer life.

How can I be a part of the programme?

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

Various initiatives have been implemented at St Therese including: 

  • SPAR (Stop, Pray and Reflect): a prayer program for parents or parents and children 
  • Tender Tales: a story and craft time for younger siblings of St Therese students, and students who who have not yet started school 
  • St Vincent De Paul outreach activities 
  • Information sessions for parents on a variety of topics 
  • Support for Parish-based sacramental programs
  • Parent faith formation 
  • Other special events throughout the year