ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL
VISION - Our students will be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.
Our school is a Roman Catholic School in which the whole community, through the general school program and its religious education and observances, exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ.
The Religious Education Program for Catholic Primary Schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand is taught in all classes. This curriculum provides a comprehensive program in religious education, spirituality and Christian values.
Religious Education Programme
Each class begins and ends the day with prayers. From 9 - 9.30am each day a programme of Religious Education takes place in class. This programme follows the N.Z. Religious Education Curriculum Statement produced by the National Centre for Religious Studies. The teachings of Jesus Christ is integrated throughout other curriculum areas covered by the School. Whole school masses are held each term. During the term, classes will hold a Mass or a liturgy. The school children are also involved in the celebration of selected feast days with the Parish. Parents are encouraged to attend these.
School assemblies are lead by a duty class each week. They are responsible for opening assembly with a prayer and sharing part of their Religious Education programme with the School.
Parish Policy re: Sacraments of Initiation
Preparing children for the sacraments of first Reconciliation and first Eucharist is the responsibility of the parents responding to an invitation from the Parish to participate in an Adult Programme to enable them to meet this responsibility.
Participation in Children’s Liturgy on a Sunday morning at St. Brigid’s will become an integral part of the child’s preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation.