At Don Bosco Primary School, we strongly believe in the Gospel Values. This page explains how we celebrate our Faith, connect to Prayer, and support others through Social Justice. It also outlines our Religious Education Program and the Sacramental Programs.
Don Bosco Primary School is one of three schools that belong to Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Community. We strive to develop students who are faith-filled and community-minded. As a school, we believe that faith development is an ongoing journey and one which is richly connected to all curriculum areas. The family is central to all learning with parents being the primary educators of their children. Therefore strong family/school and parish links are encouraged.
The Don Bosco school community values the charism of St John Bosco, our patron saint.
These values are:
- to be inclusive
- to be compassionate
- to be courageous
- to be safe
Religious Education is a daily part of the timetable in each grade. At Don Bosco Primary School we seek to support our students to grow in the personal relationship with Jesus. The curriculum content is based on the Sale Diocesan Religious Education Curriculum – To Live in Christ Jesus. Students from Foundation to Year 6 engage in a sequential program based around the four strands: The Life and Mission of Jesus, Triune God, Sacramental Church, and Christian Life and Catholic Social Teaching. Each unit of work is looked at through four lenses: Scripture, Prayer and Liturgy, Tradition, and Religion and Society.
Prayer and Liturgies
As well as the formal RE curriculum, the students also engage in a range of formal and informal prayer sessions. All classes begin the day with morning prayer, which the students are encouraged to lead. During the year, students come together to pray at assemblies, on special occasions, such as Anzac Day and Mother’s and Father’s Day.
On special occasions, the whole school community attends Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. As well as this, once per term, each level attends Mass. The children take an active part in these Masses by doing readings, taking up the Gifts, and singing songs.
Parents are most welcome to attend all school Masses and prayer services. Notice of any liturgical celebrations is given through the newsletter.
We are committed to promoting social just behaviours and outreach and we undertake a range of student-driven initiatives throughout the year, such as Project Compassion and the promotion of Catholic Mission Month each October.
Catholic Social Teaching is a part of the RE curriculum and is put into practice through the school’s social justice work.
The Don Bosco Primary School Sacramental program, in line with Diocesan Policy, is Family centred, Parish Based and School Supported. Whilst the Sacramental program is part of the Foundation to Year 6 curriculum, specific emphasis is given in Year 3 to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in Year 4 to the Sacrament of First Eucharist, or First Communion, and in Year 6 to the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Information about the Sacramental Programs is given to parents through the school newsletter and online platforms. Parents can also click the link to the booklet below.