The Catholic Church considers that Catholic schools provide a unique faith environment for the holistic formation of its members. A working partnership of parents, children, parish and school, in which each contributes his or her gifts, can best achieve this formation.
Parents have the privilege of being the first and major influence on their child. The decision to baptise a child into the Catholic Church is made by the parents. When the child reaches school age, parents enter into a partnership with those who are in the profession of formal education. OLR strives to be totally dedicated to share in this partnership as a privilege and responsibility. Enrolling a child in a Catholic school enables him/her to learn about the Catholic Church, its traditions, beliefs and practices and supports parents in their role as the child's first educators of faith. One of the school's main concerns is to assist those in its care to develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. To achieve this, a strong emphasis is placed on the Religious Education Program of a Catholic school.
At OLR, the Religious Education (RE) program follows the Religious Education Guidelines developed by Brisbane Catholic Education. Every semester, the teachers plan the RE Program with the Assistant to the Principal, Religious Education (APRE). Through this cooperative planning there is emphasis on:
Prayer is part of the daily class program.
Each class also prays and celebrates, as a class, in a more formal manner from time to time. These formal celebrations take the form of either a Eucharistic liturgy held in the church or a prayer ritual held in the classroom. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these prayer celebrations.
Whole School Liturgies and Prayer Assemblies
Whole school liturgies and prayer assemblies are held according to the Church's Liturgical Year or to commemorate specific social justice or community issues. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these events.
It is important to note that entry into the sacramental program is neither compulsory nor mandatory. The choice involves a parental commitment to ensure that the child receives ongoing family support. There needs also to be continuing family commitment to a parish community through frequent attendance at Mass and regular reception of the sacraments.