Religious Education is a life-long process to which Catholic schooling contributes. Its purposes are:
- To foster within each individual a growing understanding of, and relationship with, God.
- To help individuals to understand and immerse themselves in the practise of their Catholic faith tradition and to have an appreciation of the faith traditions of others.
- To enable individuals to participate fully in the life of the Catholic community, including liturgical celebrations.
- To heighten each individual's commitment to bringing their faith to life.
St Joseph’s integrates the Source of Life Core Document into the curriculum daily.
At St Joseph’s Religious Education is delivered with inquiry links to other areas of the Victorian Curriculum, where topics are related to the child's life experiences. Prayer, liturgy and attendance at Parish Mass is also an integral part to one’s faith development and the school partakes in such traditions regularly.
All students enrolled at St Joseph’s are taught Religious Education and expected to take part in these rituals and traditions. Concepts and key messages taught in Religious Education underpin all that we say and do.
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.