Our school provides opportunities for students, staff and parents to know and celebrate our Catholic faith. This is done through the religious life of our school. Members of our community experience a rich liturgical and prayer life, celebration of the Sacraments, faith formation, social outreach activities, and opportunities to share faith with each other and with youth from other schools in the Archdiocese.
Underpinning our mission to inspire hearts and minds is the core purpose of our school, that is, to encourage each student to encounter Jesus Christ everyday and to foster a personal relationship with him. We provide opportunities for this encounter in daily religion lessons, prayer, school and family Mass, retreats and reflections days.
Through the Family and Faith program, parents – as the first educators of their children – are invited into a deeper and more intimate relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.
Families are encouraged to take an active part in the faith journey of their children. Many opportunities are provided such as morning prayer, school and family Masses and parish-based Sacramental programs.
Staff are encouraged to nurture their own faith and understanding through opportunities such as further study in Religious Education and Theology, prayer and reflection, retreats and pilgrimages and other faith formation activities.
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Our Catholic school is part of the Catholic Church. We work in partnership with our local parish and priests in order to enrich the spiritual life of the students, staff and families of our school, especially through the celebration of the Sacraments.
Students at St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Annandale prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation through our parish-based sacramental programs. Preparation for the Sacraments is in small groups facilitated by parent leaders. This is a meaningful opportunity for parents to share their faith with their children and personalise the experience.
Central to the religious life of the school is the person of Jesus Christ who came among us ‘as one who serves’ (Luke 22.27). Our Catholic school is committed to reaching out to help those in need, through charitable outreach initiatives. All outreach activities connect to the person of Jesus Christ and to the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Drawing on the Catholic Social Teaching of the Church, we have a deep commitment to supporting a range of charitable organisations, families and individuals in need.
We promote respect and responsibility through a variety of outreach programs. The school’s outreach events are organised by Mini Vinnies and include Caritas, St Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Education Foundation and the Charitable Works Fund.
The school has a Reconciliation Action Plan that was developed and implemented by a very active and passionate committee. The committee is made up of staff, parents and a local indigenous council representative. The focus of this group is to educate and raise awareness of indigenous history and connections.