The Religious Education program is integral to all aspects of the school’s curriculum. Our Program is grounded in the document: Religious Education Archdiocese of Brisbane 2013 developed by Brisbane Catholic Education. Students of all faith traditions are welcomed with a view to broadening our religious understanding. Formal Religious Education lessons are conducted in the classrooms each day. Regular masses and liturgies are special ways in which we share our faith and celebrate it with the school and parish community.
At Queen of Apostles we value and believe in our Catholic faith traditions, that all learners are unique and special, that all learners can experience success and that success is celebrated, that learning is a lifelong process and should be purposeful and meaningful and that learning environments should be flexible , supportive and engaging.
Our Religious Education program is based on the model that articulates clearly the two complementary and distinct aspects of religious education: Teaching people religion which is the classroom teaching of and learning about religion, and teaching people to be religious in a particular way which encompasses the whole religious life and Catholic ethos of the school community.
The classroom teaching of religion is a rigorous, pedagogical practice involving a clear line of sight from the year level description to the achievement standard for that year level through to the learning intentions and success criteria and activities for that unit of work.
Within the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, the preparation for and celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation, Eucharist and Penance is done in the Parish to which the family belongs (usually the one at which they attend Mass). The dates, resources and instruction are all organised by that parish, and its focus is support of the parents in their responsibility to form their children in their faith. The Archdiocesan Policy on Celebration of the Sacraments with children notes that children “about the age of seven years” are eligible. Confirmation and Eucharist is celebrated around this age and the Sacrament of Penance (the first rite) at around the age of 10. Families of older children who may not have celebrated these sacraments, are most welcome to enrol them in the parish program being offered in any particular year. All queries about the Sacramental Program are to be directed to the family’s home parish.
Because we believe in the value and uniqueness of each person who is created in the image of God, and our ethos is grounded in gospel values, an attitude of Pastoral Care permeates our relationships and our work. Pastoral Care involves all the members of the school community in fostering an atmosphere of belonging, where the dignity and worth of each person is continually affirmed and developed.
Built on open communication and mutual respect, pastoral care is an intentional active response to the needs of staff, parents and students. Apart from this overall philosophy, which characterises our every endeavour, one of the more formalised structures sees `buddy’ classes meet at least once a term for the purpose of building relationships between children beyond their particular year level. It also gives each child the opportunity to get to know and build a relationship with a teacher other than his/her classroom teacher.