At St Bernard’s, we believe Religious Education is a lifelong process. Our school is one contributing element within this process. We are mindful of the fact that Religious Education is not restricted to specific lessons but a dimension to the school that is embedded in all we do. It is an important part and the basis of other subject areas, creating a solid foundation for all other learning.
Within St Bernard’s, it is obvious by the witness and celebration of the members of the entire school community that we are constantly striving to ‘Make Jesus Real’. In 2012, staff were introduced to the MJR program. Years 5 and 6 began integrating some elements of the program into their class practice. At school prayer and through the Newsletter key elements were introduced to the school and to the wider community.
We nurture the dignity of the whole individual within a diverse religious, social and cultural environment. We recognise that parents/carers are the primary educators of our students and embrace the evangelical role of our school to spread and witness the Gospels to staff, students and parents. We do this through family participation in our Sacramental program and open invitation to all liturgies and prayer celebrations. Teachers at St Bernard’s use the Treasures New and Old document to guide all planning, teaching, learning and assessment practices in Religious Education.