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Religious Education Curriculum

square reSt Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School follows the Religious Education Curriculum prescribed by the Diocese of Wollongong. This curriculum has been the result of a joint collaboration between the Diocese of Wollongong and Archdiocese of Sydney, with advisory support from the Dioceses of Armidale and Lismore. The collaboration has produced the Years K - 6 Curriculum.

While recognising that parents are the first educators of their children in faith, the Primary Religious Education curriculum enables young people to see and respond to God in their lives.

In particular, the 'storytelling approach' of Godly Play nurtures the natural capacity that young children have for curiosity, imagination and wonder.

Throughout their primary years, children are invited to reflect on Sacred Scripture, talk with God through prayer, discover the beauty of God’s creation and explore the meaning of symbols and rituals. Above all other things, this is the time when young people come to know how much God loves them, and when they are drawn into a love of God and others.

At St Thomas Aquinas we aim to integrate the school's Religious Education program into the whole curriculum to ensure that the children come to follow Jesus in the Catholic tradition, developing values and attitudes that could be described as essentially Catholic. Meaningful lessons in Religious Education are part of the school day and Gospel values and attitudes permeate all aspects of school life.

Children have the opportunity to celebrate liturgies, which reflect the liturgical seasons and the life of the school. They also participate in prayer times as part of the school day. Stage Masses are held throughout the year. This is an opportunity for our school to celebrate the Eucharist with the Parish.