At our school, we nurture students in their lifelong journey in faith and help them develop as mature people empowered to shape and enrich the world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.
At St Joseph's Primary School, we support students and their families in connecting with Catholic traditions and accessing the richness of our shared faith and spiritual heritage. Through quality Religious Education, rich experiences of prayer, celebration and engaging in social action and justice, our students are supported in developing their relationship with God and responding to the experience and action of God in their own lives.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist provide a special opportunity for Home, Parish and School to be renewed in faith as we help children to understand these traditions in our faith.
St Mary’s Parish offers a Sacramental program annually to its age appropriate Candidates, with the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated every second year. A Sacramental Candidate must have been baptised in a Catholic Church for this faith journey to continue in the Catholic Church.
Sacramental preparation is delivered through a school-parish-home partnership program with the participation in a "home-based" Parish program "Steps in Faith", supported by the school. Parish members accompany the students and their parents in exploring and developing their understanding of the Sacraments of Initiation over a number of weeks.
Through attendance at Mass and celebrating special feasts within the Church, students are regularly provided with the opportunity to receive the Sacraments.
The principles of Catholic Social Teaching: upholding the dignity of each person, stewardship of creation, justice for the poor and vulnerable and acting for the common good are embedded in student learning experiences across the curriculum.
Opportunities are created for students to understand their responsibility to look after their brothers and sisters who live a less privileged life, locally and all over the world.
Students are actively involved in Project Compassion for Caritas during Lent each year.
“Mini Vinnies” is a group supported by the local St Vincent de Paul Conference. This group of young people get together, organize and talk about helping others in need within their school and local community.
Social justice activities aim to raise awareness, funds and show solidarity to others, including: Pancake Tuesday for Project Compassion, Casual Clothes Days, Just Leadership Training and food and toy donations for distribution by local Vinnies members.