At Sacred Heart we recognise that our parents are the first educators of their children in faith and that we as educators work in partnership with our parents to bring the Primary Religious Education curriculum to all of our students. Through the curriculum and other faith experiences we hope that we will enable our students to see and respond to God in their lives.
In the Sydney Diocese we use the 'storytelling approach' of Godly Play, this wonderful method of teaching the scriptures enables the students to watch, listen and interact with the stories. It nurtures the natural capacity that young children have for curiosity and imagination, the children engage in scripture in a real way and are then invited to “wonder” which enables the students to really reflect and think about the meaning of these beautiful scripture stories.
At Sacred Heart, children are invited to reflect on Sacred Scripture, talk with God through prayer, discover the beauty of God’s creation, participate in beautiful masses and liturgies and explore the meaning of symbols and rituals. Above all other things, this is the time when our children come to know how much God loves them, and when they are drawn into a love of God and others.
At Sacred Heart we also endeavour to develop a very strong sense of mission in our school, we hope our students will develop an awareness of others and engage in the wider community and world. We foster this through many outreach and fundraising activities such as Caritas (Project Compassion), collecting Hampers for St Vincent de Paul and sponsoring a Bakery in Ghana, as well as many other initiatives. During the September 2012 vacation, a group of five Sacred Heart teachers will be participating in an immersion experience in Cambodia where they will be mentoring groups of Khmer teachers in the teaching of mathematics.
At Sacred Heart we believe that our school is a place where our children’s faith is nurtured and the scriptures are taught in a meaningful way, we hope that the message of Jesus becomes a part of each child as they grow and develop in their faith, so that this message will continue to be a part of their lives as they face the challenges of the world of the future.