Queen of Peace is a large school where the staff endeavours to generate a strong sense of community and provide a high quality, catholic education for the students.
Religious Education Overview
At Queen of Peace we value and provide many opportunities to come together and celebrate our faith through liturgy and prayer. Celebrations such as Sacraments, Grandparents Day, feast days, month of Mary, Holy Week and school Masses are regular occurrences. We acknowledge the strong presence of prayer in our community, both in the school and Parish. This is experienced by the staff, children and parents through Meditation, Classroom Prayer, Whole School Morning Prayer, Storytelling, Song, Prayer Nights and Traditional Prayers.
The students enrolled at Queen of Peace are predominantly catholic with the remaining small number belonging to diverse christian and non-christian denominations.
Mass is celebrated regularly which students attend on a rotational basis.
The Sacramental Program is both school and Parish based, with the R.E.C’s from each school, the Pastoral Associate, a Representative from the Christian Brothers Society, and the Parish Sacrament Program Coordinator working together to continually develop a program that addresses the needs of our student and parent community.
The school conducts Parent Faith Development Seminars to complement Sacrament Information Evenings.
Faith Life Inquiry
As a Catholic school, our focus is on the faith development of our children and ensuring religion and the Gospel values are integrated into the curriculum and teaching of all learning areas. At Queen of Peace eight Faith Life Inquiry units of work are delivered across the school over a two year cycle. These units of work bring together the learning we do of our religion and faith, with the learning we do of the world. Scripture and the stories of the faith tradition are key elements of these Faith Life units. The Religious Education Curriculum Framework is used to support the teachers when planning the Faith Life units of work. Each unit has a scripture focus that all children in the school engage with, explore and relate to their own lives and the world. To support the children to make meaning of the scripture focus each unit has a related image. The children are invited to reflect on the image and make connections with the scripture and the world we live in. In dialogue with each other the children share their ideas and thoughts, listen to others and learn from others’ ideas and contributions.
Overview of 2 Year Curriculum Cycle
Wellbeing of the Person
The children explore the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of health. They develop an understanding of the importance of living a safe, healthy and active life and how a healthy lifestyle is developed and maintained. The children consider and reflect upon how health and wellbeing are related to an individual’s relationships, choices, values, beliefs and behaviours.
The children explore the concept of Identity. Identity is unique, flexible and ever changing, and influenced by culture, community and the world we live in. The children explore their own story and the stories of other people, leading to an appreciation of Australia’s Identity. The children appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day.
Learning about the Environment
The children explore natural systems and phenomena using scientific language and processes to investigate the world in which they live. They develop an understanding of how things in the environment interact, adapt and change. The children are engaged in understanding that all life is connected through systems and changes to its balance can have an affect on the interrelationships that exist.
The children develop understandings of how to be autonomous and creative problem finders and problem solvers. They explore past and present products to identify needs and purposes for innovation. They investigate, manage and manipulate a range of materials and tools when producing innovative products.
Wellbeing of the Learner
Children develop an understanding of the importance of having dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, resilience and persistence. They explore and develop skills in effective communication, self-management and thinking that supports learning and problem solving. An emphasis is placed on discovering the many ways individual learners learn, different ways of thinking and personal strengths.
The children explore the way in which people and societies have organised their way of life and interacted with the physical environment. They investigate and critique how societies allocate resources and the implications to satisfy the wants and needs of it members. The children investigate Australia’s democratic heritage, its political and legal institutions and the shared values of freedom, tolerance, respect, responsibility and inclusion. They develop an understanding of the importance of being an active and informed Australian citizen.
Caring for the Environment
The children develop an awareness of environmental issues at the local, national and global levels and the importance of becoming proactive citizens. This unit provides children with an opportunity to investigate and reflect upon the state of Global Environments and to identify environmental issues. They explore solutions and actions in response to these issues. The children are encouraged to care and accept individual and collective responsibility for the sustainability of environments.
The children develop their understanding that through scientific discoveries and innovations, people solve problems and meet challenges. These discoveries and innovations impact on the way people live. The children develop an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning, planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles, collecting and analysing data, evaluating results, and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions.
At Queen of Peace, prayer is an important part of school life. Opportunities are provided for our school community; students, parents and teachers, to come together to pray and celebrate our faith. Children engage in daily prayers and each Friday a year level attends the parish masses at the church. This strengthens the relationship between the parish and school. We celebrate special feast days and important events by attending whole school masses. Prayer tables and school candles are in every classroom which gives children a focus point when participating in prayer time.
Sacraments are an important milestone for the children at Queen of Peace.
The Sacramental Program is both school and Parish based, with the Religious Leaders from each parish school, the Pastoral Associate, a Representative from the Christian Brothers Society, and the Parish Sacrament Program Coordinator working together to continually develop a program that addresses the needs of our student and parent community.
All families participate in a Family Night as part of the child’s preparation.
Teachers and parents collaboratively prepare the children for the Sacraments.
- The Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) is celebrated in Year 3
- The Sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion) is celebrated in Year 4
- The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in Year 6