Why do we have Catholic schools? Catholic schools are an extension of the Catholic Church. The mission of the Catholic school is to teach the good news of Jesus Christ. We are all a part of the Catholic learning community. Catholic schools are identified in the community as being different. This difference is celebrated through our living out of the faith; through our school liturgies, Masses, sacraments, prayer life, values system and teaching of Religious Education, as well as academic success.
“The person of each individual human being, in his or her material and spiritual needs, is at the heart of Christ’s teaching: this is why the promotion of the human person is the goal of the Catholic school.”
What you will see in our school! St Patrick’s Primary School has a visible Catholic identity through symbols, sacred spaces and behaviour through our Catholic values.
- Symbols – Religious art, crucifixes in each room, icons and statues.
- Sacred Spaces – Each pod has a designated prayer space, which is a focal point in the room. St Patrick’s statue garden bed is near the entrance to the school. Mary’s statue garden bed is near the covered outdoor learning area (COLA). The Reflection Garden is a space situated near the staff car park. This garden is a quiet place for reflection for staff and students. This space is characterised by three wall-mounted marble panels depicting scenes from Jesus’ ministry, including- The Holy Family, Jesus and the Children and Jesus the Good Shepherd.
- Making Jesus Real (MJR) – MJR is not a program, but a way of life – Christ’s way. MJR is centred around the belief that we are the image of Jesus to all people around us. We are His representatives and our actions should reflect His values. The values that we encourage and promote in our programme include: care and compassion, respect, honesty and trustworthiness, understanding, tolerance and inclusion.