St Joseph's models itself on the values taught by Jesus Christ. The teachers recognise their unique roles in supporting parents in the education of their child/children. The Religious Education program aims to develop the Catholic faith and practices appropriate to the students' age and understanding. Parents are encouraged to participate in school liturgies, to join in Christian themes and practices, and to become actively involved in programs that prepare their child/children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist. The Sacramental Program is now Parish-based, but the school remains involved in teaching sacramental content and organising sacramental liturgies. As a school we participate in the Anointing Mass at The Willows once a month and celebrate at least one Mass, Liturgy or Prayer Assembly per term.
SISTERS OF MERCY
St Joseph’s Barcaldine was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, and today we strive to follow in their footsteps by educating the whole child – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. The values of the Sisters of Mercy guide us on our journey in helping students to become socially just and active citizens who strive to become the best version of themselves.
Thankyou God for happy days,
for our unique and special ways.
For our teachers and our school,
where we obey the ‘Golden Rule’.
Help me work with a smiling face,
so our school’s a friendly place.
For the many caring things we do,
make all our classmates thankful too.
ROLE OF PARENTS IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
In this Catholic School, the parents delegate in part their authority, but their role is never relinquished. Without the loving concern and increasing interest of parents, the educator's task is often fruitless.
Parents are encouraged then to:
Nurture children's faith development
Participate in school worship and other religious services
Accept responsibility for the preparation of children for the sacraments through the family based program.
In turn the school will:
Provide to parents details of Religious Education programs
Advise parents as soon as practical of dates and times of proposed school worship and other religious services
Cooperate with the Parish Sacramental Team in helping parents prepare their children for the sacraments.
CARE & COMPASSION
MAKING JESUS REAL
At St Joseph's we advocate Christ-centred learning where the values of the gospel are clearly evident. The children are collaboratively involved in making displays to be positioned around classrooms and the school which clearly demonstrate the Catholic Identity of St Joseph's.
The Making Jesus Real program is a resource used by teachers across the school to establish a common language on positive attitudes, developing respectful and right relationships, and developing the ability to self-reflect.
Making Jesus Real is a way of life and it is 24/7.
The program teaches the values of: