The essential aim of Religious Education in Cathedral School is to encourage and assist children in their growth to Christian maturity, a growth that will culminate in their free commitment, in faith and relationship to Jesus, within the Church.
The Religious Education programme implements the Diocesan Religious Education Guidelines as approved by the Bishop of Bathurst. These Guidelines are supported by the core resource documents “To Know, Worship and Love” which has been produced by the Bathurst Catholic Education Office. A structured scope and sequence of outcomes to be achieved by students is provided for grades Kindergarten to Six.
The students engage in learning experiences that will enable them to develop:
- a knowledge and thoughtful understanding of the Scriptures and a sensitivity to them as the Word of God speaking in their lives;
- a knowledge of Catholic doctrine understood in the light of its development in tradition and under the teaching authority of the Church;
- knowledge and understanding to make moral judgements and decisions, and to see these as a way of realising their relationship with Jesus;
- the ability to pray, both formally and reflectively, so that this ability can grow and deepen;
- the ability to understand and to share actively and personally in liturgy;
- the ability to relate to others in a way that reflects Jesus’ commandment of love;
- a sensitivity to and appreciation of the meaning of life, its events and responsibilities;
- an appreciation of their membership of the Church, initiated at Baptism and leading to active participation in parish life;
- an awareness and appreciation of Christian values in life, and to encourage them to act in accordance with them.