Religious Education in Roman Catholic schools takes place within the context of our Catholic faith community. Religious Education in Catholic schools is designed to nurture faith and assist children and young people to be able to make an informed response to God in faith.
St Gerard’s Church is next door and the children attend services including mass on First Fridays. Opportunity is given for P4 – P7 to attend Confession throughout the school year. We have both support and input from the clergy in all religious topics. In Primary 3, children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and for First Holy Communion in Primary 4. In P6/P7 children are prepared for Confirmation.
Religious Education is important in our school and is an integral part of everything done at St. Gerard’s. All classes follow “This is Our Faith” programme, approved by the Motherwell Diocese.
The Religious Education curriculum offers a valuable contribution to the whole school approach to the development of faith, attitudes and values. Learning through religious education enables children at St. Gerard’s to:
- develop their knowledge, understanding and worship of significant aspects of the Catholic faith and an understanding of other Christian traditions and world religions
- investigate and understand the responses which faith offers to questions about truth and the meaning of life
- highlight and foster the values, attitudes and practices which are compatible with a positive response to the invitation to faith
- develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking, and deciding how to act in accordance with an informed conscience when making moral decisions
- develop their beliefs, attitudes, moral values and practices through personal search, discovery and critical evaluation, and make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action