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Religious Education and Life at STM


Classroom teachers work in collaborative groups to plan RE units using the Good News for Living curriculum framework.  This continues to be an effective model, leading to some valuable teaching and learning.  Key focuses in 2015 are Scripture, Sacraments and The Rosary.


We celebrate the Eucharist as a whole school at the beginning of year, end of year, and on St Thomas More’s Feast Day.  Throughout the year we usually celebrate Mass on the first Tuesday of the month in Sacred Heart Church. Classroom RE units on the Mass improve the children’s understanding of what happens at Mass and also their familiarity with responses. Each class also has regular opportunities to participate in class liturgies with Fr. Mark or Fr. Richard. Grades 3- 6 have opportunities throughout the year for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, during Lent and Advent; this is usually the Second Rite.


We celebrate Holy Week and Easter as a whole school with activities appropriate to the age and understanding of the children.  Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day give us opportunities to celebrate with extended families, building bonds of mutual respect and belonging which characterise our school community. St Thomas More’s Feast Day is a special day of celebration for our community and we also acknowledge the Sisters of St Joseph who founded our school, on their Feast Day.


In 2009 we introduced “MacKillop Day”. The day was a response to the ideals of our “founding sisters”. Children gather to celebrate in prayer and are then organised into “mixed-age groups” to complete a number of activities. The house groups are expected to promote the qualities for which Mary MacKillop was renowned. It is wonderful to see many shining examples of the qualities of Mary MacKillop alive and well amongst our children.


Class prayer is a regular and important part of our Catholic culture at St Thomas More’s.

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