Religious Education forms an integral part of the total curriculum of our schools.
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.
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 a time when young people come to know how much God loves them, and when they are drawn into a love of God and others.
The Religious Education curriculum, ‘Sharing Our Story,’ supports the catechetical and evangelising mission of the Church while supporting students of Wilcannia-Forbes in their journey of faith. It has been developed to stimulate and challenge students, especially in their understanding of Scripture and Tradition, their critical thinking and moral reasoning. It is based upon sound pedagogical practices. Central to the curriculum, and its effective teaching, is the Making Jesus Real resources.
‘Sharing Our Story’ is based on shared Christian Praxis. Children dialogue, reflect and make connections from their experiences to the Christian story and vision. This hopefully leads to a response that results in a more meaningful living of the faith.
The movements are:
Focusing: Interest is caught and motivation sparked.
Naming: The students relate how the particular topic relates to their own experience.
Reflecting: Students consider more deeply what has been named.
Christian Story and Vision: The faith story of the Christian community throughout history is presented.
Integrating: Students connect their own reflected-upon experiences with the Christian Story/Vision.
Responding: Students are challenged to identify appropriate ways of living the Christian life.
The CEO of Wilcannia-Forbes recognises and values the contributions made by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to Australia’s identity. All students should have the opportunity to experience aspects of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures.
Aboriginal Spirituality forms part of the Religious Education Program and it is important for students to develop an awareness of the spiritual connection that exists between our first nation’s peoples and the land.
Schools are guided and supported by the CEO Aboriginal Education Support Officer, Aboriginal Education Workers and Aboriginal community on the local aspects of spirituality or dreaming stories of the area.