Religious Education as a particular curriculum area is critical to education in a Catholic school. It attends to the spiritual development of each person, acknowledging and celebrating the Holy Spirit at work, inviting relationships with God and a Christ-like stance towards others. At the same time, it is a disciplined process of ‘faith seeking understanding’, where the questions of God, beliefs and life are articulated and explored in dialogue with the Catholic Tradition to develop students’ faith lives and stimulate a search for meaning and truth. It is interpretative by nature and deepens learning when students are invited to explore cross-curricular connections.
At Our Lady of the Way, all students are included and participate in Religious education lessons. Through the exploration of story and scripture, students are involved in dialogue that supports the full flourishing of all learners as spiritual and religious beings. Students learn to apply these teachings within their own lives and allow for personal reflection. This dialogue also allows students to build and connect with the Catholic tradition and to lead in faith and transformation.
The Religious Education curriculum draws from the content areas of Jesus and Scripture, Church and Community, God, Religion and Life, Prayer, Liturgy and Sacrament and Morality and Justice. Our learners are supported to develop their:
- Knowledge and understanding – seeking truth
- Reasoning and responding – making meaning
- Personal and communal engagement – living story
- OLW students participate in the sacramental program and are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Students of all faiths participate in this learning.