Religion and Life
The Church evangelises by: ... bringing the Good News into all the strata of human society, and through its influence, transforming humanity from within and making it new.” (Mandate 2009-201: 17) “Church communities evangelise in different ways. Catholic schools do so by: striving continually to be good schools; teaching students to integrate faith, culture and life.” (Mandate 200 2015:18).
At St Thomas’ Primary School EVANGELISATION is primarily expressed through our presence as part of a faith community centred the life of Jesus and expressed in our motto “TOGETHER IN CHRIST.” We demonstrate and give witness through the integration faith and life in a faith-centred, family-oriented learning environment where students, their families and staff have the opportunity to express their Catholic faith commitment through their relationships with each other and the Church.
Religious Education seeks to develop the religious literacy of students in light of the Catholic Christian tradition, so that they might participate critically and authentically in contemporary culture. Students become religiously literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently in and for faith contexts and the wider society.
Religious Education at St Thomas' School comprises two distinct but complementary dimensions – teaching religion as curriculum area and developing the religious dimension of the school by nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith of our students.
Religious Education is central to the curriculum and life of the school. It is taught in a context with the same systematic demands and rigour as all other learning areas and is sequenced to help children relate to the Catholic faith within their daily lives. The units of work are set by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia and mandated by the Bishops of Western Australia.
Students in Years 3 and 5 annually participate in 'The Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment.'
At St Thomas' there is an emphasis on prayer within the classroom and wider school community and students regularly participate in whole school and class liturgical celebrations.
We maintain a strong link with the Parish, and Parish Priest, Fr. Wayne Davis. Class Parish Masses are held once a Semester for each class and concludes with a community sausage sizzle, organised by the class.
Children participate in Sacramental programs in Year Three (Penance), Year Four (Eucharist) and Year Six (Confirmation). As the first faith educators of their children, our parents are an integral part of this preparation and are encouraged to be supportive and involved in the process. Parent information sessions and parent/child workshops are held as part of the preparation for each sacrament.
St Thomas' Prayer Book
The St Thomas' Prayer Book has been compiled to assist parents, teachers and children learn the prayers that are expected to be known in each year level. The Children are taught the prayers as part of the Religious Education units of work and assessed on them in Term Four as part of the School Improvement Plan. We hope you enjoy sharing the prayers together in your family.
Our school continues a strong link with the Presentation Sisters, who established our school in 1909.