What Are Catholic Schools About?
Catholic Character Review
Religious Education Curriculum
Religious Education is integrated across all learning in the St Teresa’s Curriculum. Appropriate Strands and Modeuls (see below) are selected within the planning process, to ensure that all children are given opportunities to build their understanding of Catholic Teaching.
What is a Learning Strand?
A Learning Strand is a major area of important knowledge which has been divided into 8 different focuses one for each of the 8 years of primary schooling. All of the Learning Strands are connected and they are designed to increase systematically the children’s knowledge and skills in Religious Education and help them to develop Christian attitudes.
What is a Learning Module?
A learning Module is also an important area of essential knowledge which will be taught in every class in every year. The timing of the teaching of a Learning Module differs from that of the Learning Strands but the expected learning outcomes are similar.
The Learning Strands are:
- God- the Father Almighty Te Atua-Io Matua Kore
- Jesus Christ- his only Son, our Lord – Hehu Karaiti
- The Holy Spirit – the Lord, the giver of Life – Te Wairua Tapu
- Church – Community of Disciples – Te Whanau a Te Karaiti
- Sacrament Hakarameta
- Communion of Saints – Te Kotahitanga o Te Hunga Tapu
The Learning Modules are:
- The Liturgical Year Te Tau Me Ona Ritenga Tapu
- Prayer – Te Karakia
- Sacramental Celebrations – Nga Ritenga Hakarameta
- Myself and Others Ko Au, Ko Ratou
Each family is expected to buy a one-off Family/Whanau book which costs $12.00
The School Mission: “a catholic school where each child is nurtured to grow as a happy, faith-filled learner who is inspired to achieve excellence”,
is central to the purpose, direction and vision of the school.
The Board of Trustees develop policies and procedures that reflect the Gospel Values.
Staff reflect the Gospel Values within their roles.
The Director of Religious Studies has a significant role in the Leadership structure of the school.
Individuals in the school community are valued as evident by the way in which they are treated by one another.
Relationships between the various groups that make up the school community are enhanced and strengthened through effective communication.
Links with external support agencies are developed in order to support the children, staff and families as needed.
All forms of communication reflect the Catholic Character of the school.
Communication recognises and responds to culture diversity within the school community.
Communication is: positive, open, honest, and where appropriate consultative and collaborative.
Interact in a manner that reflects the school’s mission statement and the Gospel values
Prayer forms an important basis for the staff community as a whole
Effective communication systems are in place both at a professional and personal level
Professional Development allows for staff to further develop their Catholic faith
Children are supported and encouraged in all aspects of their school day in a way that reflects the schools mission statement and the Gospel values.
The programme of learning children receive reflects the Catholic Character of the school.
Prayer plays an important part of the children’s daily life at school.
Inclusion is central to all aspects of a child’s day.
Open communication is encouraged and promoted with parents in order that they can be a part of their child’s day.
St Teresa’s is part of the caring parish community of Otari Parish. The school participates actively in the parish, through liturgy, service and pastoral support.