At Trinity, Religious Education is the foundation of our school. It has many parts and it permeates all that we do at Trinity.
Religious Education and the faith dimension of our school is the reason for our existence.
‘Sharing Our Story' is the Religious Education syllabus. We base our learning group experiences on this document. 'Sharing Our Story' has been created by teachers and Catholic education personnel from within the Diocese of Parramatta, so it focuses on the Catholic teachings in our own local experience.
A vibrant Catholic community
As well as specific Religious Education lessons, our Catholic values impact on the way all Key Learning Areas are taught and learnt. We celebrate being part of a vibrant Catholic community through:
- charity fundraising
- social justice activities
Connections to our parish community are strengthened through regular meetings between our Religious Education Coordinator, Olga Blom, and parish moderator, Fr Michael Belonio. We support the parish-based sacramental program and the celebration of our Beginning Year and Year 6 Graduation Masses in the parish church of Holy Spirit.
Liturgy and Prayer
The liturgical and prayer life of our school is vibrant and alive. We are the second of two primary schools in our local parish, Holy Spirit St Clair, which is led by the Augustinian Order of priests. Our parish priest, Fr Michael, leads many of our liturgies throughout the year, both here at our school and at the church.
Our staff prays together formally on a regular basis and participates in spiritual formation, such as an annual retreat. Spiritual reflection and preparation of whole school liturgies, including Masses, are prepared by our teachers so that our children are brought to a deeper understanding of faith and the Christian way of life.
The pastoral care of our school community is part of our everyday life at Trinity. We celebrate with each other and we laugh and cry with each other as the need arises. The work of our Mamre group includes the welfare of our school and parish community. The role of the Religious Education Coordinator also encompasses this important and integral area in the life of our school, including those who are visitors, casual teachers, staff, parents and children.