Education in Faith
Prayer and Liturgy
Our faith is at the heart of everything that we do at St Joachim’s.
Our school vision motivates us to be an inclusive community and inspire lifelong learning enlightened by Catholic faith to create a better world.The Vision also challenges us to provide a rich liturgical life where our school community can celebrate their faith together. This is achieved through school organised parish and weekly class Masses where the students take an active role in the planning. Our knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Mass, and its embedded signs and symbols, further enhanced staff capability in delivering these aspects of the Religious Education curriculum.
Prayer is the key to our living faith. Prayer is one of our main foci of the School Improvement Plan and the objective is to develop rich encounters of prayer through a process of recontextualization of prayer within our school.
The Catholic ethos of the St Joachim’s Primary School is reflected in Gospel values that provide the foundation for the school community’s pastoral care for one another, this being a community of genuine concern, compassion and love. Each person is respected and acknowledged as a valuable member of the school community. At St Joachim’s we seek to establish relationships and partnerships, promoting mutual understanding, respect, tolerance and acceptance.
Religious Education at St Joachim’s
Religious Education at St Joachim’s aims to help students grow in relationship with God. We aim to build on the experiences of each student, enhance their opportunity for rich dialogue with others and allow them to form their own understandings and make deep connections with their faith as they form their Catholic identity. We implement the Religious Education Curriculum Framework as directed by the Archdiocese of Melbourne.The learning structure of the Religious Education Curriculum is based on the three strands of learning and five content areas through which children are given the opportunity to learn more about their faith, its history, beliefs and traditions and also to explore a deeper understanding of them and how they impact our lives.
1. Knowledge and Understanding
2. Reasoning and Responding
3. Personal and Communal Engagement
Scripture and Jesus
Church and Community
God, Religion and Life
Prayer, Liturgy and Sacrament
Morality and Justice