Sacraments and Religious Education

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Director’s message “Understanding the place of Sacraments in Religious Education Curriculum in the diocese of Sydney” This Annual Report will provide a clear explanation of the religious education curriculum in primary Catholic schools within the Sydney diocese. It is expected from this report to provide all stakeholders in the school community with fair, reliable and objective information about the religious education curriculum and provide a rational in regards to the sacraments embedded in the curriculum. I will also address the implications for teachers implementing the curriculum in the classroom. Our Vision Statement:[1] As partners in Catholic education, we commit ourselves to developing authentic Catholic schools which: • are founded on the person of Jesus Christ and enlivened by Gospel values • highlight the relevance of our faith to life and contemporary culture • are embedded within the community of believers, and share in the evangelising mission of the Church • are committed to the development of the whole person. Rationale “Teachers in Catholic schools, then, are in a most privileged position. It is they who can provide vital guidance and support to parents and students, and instil in them a sense of the Gospel challenge to acknowledge God’s integral place in their lives – to believe in [his] Word. This challenge demands certain essential qualities. It requires careful preparation, a facility for reflection, and a constant readiness for professional renewal and conversion of heart. Such teachers bring to their task an extraordinary giftedness and a profound sense of mission which significantly impact on their school communities, on their students and on their own effectiveness.”[2] Religious Curriculum Primary Catholic schools in Sydney like all Australian Schools, are
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