Learning and Teaching

Religious Education

At St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School we believe that the Catholic faith and its traditions are central to the purpose of our school, whilst recognising and respecting our multi-faith community. Religious Education permeates all areas of school life, in an environment conducive to the development of a personal relationship with God.  Our Catholic identity is underpinned by the spirituality and life of St. Francis of Assisi.  His example of living God’s word through action, and his reverence for all God’s creatures and the earth, are qualities we strive to value and imitate at our school.



Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



At St Francis of Assisi we believe that our loving relationship with God and each other is 
nurtured through prayer, scripture and the celebration of our Catholic tradition. As a faith community we embrace the spirit of St Francis recognising God in all living things and being stewards of God’s creation. We give witness to the Gospel values which inspire us to respond to our mission to be people of peace, joy, justice andaction. (January 2014)


St Francis of Assisi Primary School, as part of St. James the Apostle Parish, has the responsibility of developing in each of its members a deep personal commitment to our Catholic faith. As a Catholic School we provide a learning environment which addresses all aspects of education and provides a Christian perspective of life centred on Jesus Christ.
The goals of the Catholic school are to:
  • Foster a Christian environment, which permeates all aspects of school life;
  • Bear witness to the love of God for all people;
  • Draw on students’ life experiences thus providing a meaningful context for faith development;
  • Provide opportunities for the spiritual growth and development of each member of the school community;
  • Work in partnership with parents and with the parish community.
    (Guidelines for Religious Education, CEO Melbourne 1995)
As a Catholic school we are invited to be engaged in the exploration and celebration of the Catholic story in all its richness and diversity through reflection, prayer and action for the good of others and their world.
(Learning Centred Schools: A Sacred Landscape: RE, CEOM 2010). We provide many opportunities for community members to actively engage and gather for prayer, worship and thanksgiving.
Our Religious Education Programme is delivered through the SFA RE Curriculum Framework and is fundamental to all that is taught and learnt at St Francis of Assisi. This is supported by the “Coming to Know, Worship and Love” texts and framework produced by Catholic Education Melbourne.


Central to our faith and therefore to our Religious Curriculum Programme are the sacraments. We focus on three of the Sacraments during the children’s time at primary school.

Year 3 children are prepared for the Sacrament of Penance in term 4. The sacrament is celebrated in term 1, when the children are in Year 4. We use the second rite when the children celebrate this sacrament for the first time. This is a communal celebration with individual confession.

The Year 4 children are also prepared for the Sacrament of First Eucharist, which is celebrated later in the year.

Year 6 children are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The celebration of these Sacraments takes place in the context of the parish community and children and their families are invited to present themselves at the weekend masses or larger group celebration to receive these Sacraments.

In preparing the children we are conscious that the ultimate responsibility for any child’s faith development and involvement in sacramental life rests with you as parents. We see our role as one of working in partnership with the family and the parish community to support the growth and development of the child. Each year we conduct family workshops to help make the time of preparation a significant time for the whole family. It is an expectation that parents/carers participate in these workshops.