Catholic schools were founded to proclaim Jesus’ message of God’s love for all. Our Catholic faith calls us to embrace the contemporary world with a Catholic imagination, and a particular hope-filled view of the human person and all of creation. Catholic educators invite students to make sense of their world and their lives within a faith community that is faithful to the mission of Jesus (Horizons of Hope: Context 2016, p. 9).
Our Religious Education Program is fundamental to all that is taught and learnt at St Francis Xavier School. It is devised from the Renewed Religious Education Curriculum Framework produced by Catholic Education Melbourne and the ‘To Know, Worship and Love’ texts published by the Archdiocese of Melbourne. As a Catholic School we provide a learning environment, which affirms all aspects of education and presents a Christian perspective of life centred on Jesus Christ who provides us with a model for Catholic Education by His word, teachings and life.
There are five content areas that help build a network of understanding of the Catholic Church and its traditions and have their origins in the ‘To Know, Worship and Love’ student texts:
- Scripture and Jesus
- Church and Community
- God, Religion and Life
- Sacrament, Prayer and Liturgy
- Morality and Justice
As well as formal lessons, the program is supported by liturgical celebrations, whole school meditation, and prayers and activities at school assemblies. Other special occasions include combined parishes days, which are celebrated with St Anthony's School in Lara, and Viqueque Day, a day of social justice.