The Religious Life of the School, Prep - Year 6, is focused on the second dimension of Religious Education, commonly referred to as “teaching people to be religious in a particular way" (Moran, 1991). The Religious Life of the School Prep - Year 6 provides a lens through which a school may audit and further develop its religious life.
The Religious Life of the School Prep – Year 6 comprises four interrelated components: Religious Identity and Culture; Evangelisation and Faith Formation; Prayer and Worship; and Social Action and Justice. Each of these components, while mutually reinforcing, provides a significant focus on a distinctive aspect of the religious life of the school. Each component is further sub-divided into three elements. Please click on the links below to find out more information about these components.
Services celebrated include:
Other important events celebrated at assemblies:
Clean Up Australia Day
Bullying No Way
St Joseph the Worker
The Ascension of the Lord
The Assumption of Mary
All Saints Day
Year 6 Awards.
Prayer is celebrated daily in each classroom. During prayer the students engage in and lead various age appropriate formal and informal prayer and meditative prayer experiences. A prayer space is set up in each learning area across the school. The prayer spaces reflect the liturgical season and links to the curriculum content where possible. For example, when the students are learning about Mary, symbols such as Rosary beads, Marian books and prayers are displayed.
The school supports the Parish Sacramental Program. The APRE and school staff, work with the Parish to support our students through this special program.
Each class visits the Church at least once per term. This may be for a tour of the Church, Q&A session with Father Thomas, Class Mass, Confession, or daily prayer time. Further to this, Father Thomas visits the classrooms to support the student's learning of the RE Curriculum. The students can ask questions and make connections with our Parish Priest, who is a valuable member of our school community.
Year levels combine to lead one weekend Parish Mass each year. Students lead the readings, songs, offertory procession, prayers of the faithful and thanksgiving for these Masses. This is a lovely opportunity to further strengthen our Parish and School community connection.
At Guardian Angels' we are committed to following the example of Jesus and living out the good news that Jesus proclaimed. We do this in our day to day lives and by being committed to social justice. We promote a vision of a just society that is grounded in the Bible and in the wisdom of Catherine McAuley and St Francis of Assisi. As a school community we live out social justice in practical ways supporting:
Applying social action and justice requires two important dispositions:
Empathy - the capacity to stand in the shoes of another.
Solidarity - the capacity to walk with another.
At Guardian Angels' we work to build these dispositions in our students through programs for service learning, social justice programs and outreach experiences.
Staff prayer is at 8:00am on Wednesday mornings. Staff prepare a prayer experience with their teaching team once each term. This prayer might reflect the weekly Gospel reading, the work being covered in class, a special liturgical event or meditation. Staff create a prayer space using symbols that link to the theme of the prayer.