Catholic Identity

Faith Development

Catholic identity signifies our essence, our distinctive character, and our reason for existence. It is the soul of Holy Child Primary School. Identity does not happen by itself, it must be attended to and nurtured.

Sacramental Program

Celebrating a sacrament for the first time is an important step in the life of a child as a Catholic.

  • First Reconciliation – Grade 3
  • First Eucharist – Grade 4
  • Confirmation – Grade 6

Students are offered the opportunity for regular participation in the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.


The Learning and Teaching Process 

Learning and teaching experiences in religious education support students and teachers to engage in a Pedagogy of Encounter.  This pedagogy “acknowledges the grace of God at work in the teachings of the Church, in learning relationships, and particularly in dialogue. It asks … teachers to create opportunities for dialogue that use the Catholic Tradition as a point of concrete reference with what matters most in the minds and hearts of the students and the big questions of life and culture.”  (Draft Religious Education Curriculum Framework, 2017, p. 8)

In implementing this pedagogical approach, teachers design experiences for students to enter into dialogue with the Catholic Tradition drawing on five key areas:

  • What do I think and sense?
  • What do others think and why?
  • What does the Church teach and why?
  • How am I called into a deeper relationship with others and God?
  • What do I think now and why?