Bede Polding College is proud of its Catholic ethos, with students benefiting greatly from a strong pastoral emphasis. Our staff and teachers ensure that our students receive sound biblical instruction and ongoing support of the highest quality.
Christian values and Catholic perspectives permeate the total curriculum. At Bede Polding College, Religious Education is concerned with the development of the whole person within a Catholic faith community and culture. It provides opportunities for students to grow in faith and understanding, to deepen their knowledge of Jesus Christ, to experience a sense of awe and wonder in God and to act in a just and morally responsible manner in everyday life.
The Religious Education program
Not only do classes begin each day with prayer and devotions, but every aspect of the curriculum is presented from a distinctly Catholic worldview; instilling Godly values and attitudes that will benefit our students for a lifetime.
The College follows the Parramatta Diocesan Religious Education syllabus. Each unit of Religious Education includes assessment processes which provide appropriate information for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching and learning and for reporting to parents/guardians. It is a Diocesan requirement that 100 hours of classroom teaching of Religious Education be undertaken in each year for Years 7 Year 10. In Years 11 and 12, 60 hours instruction is the minimum requirement. Senior students are able to continue the Diocesan program or opt for the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) course, ‘Studies of Religion’.
The understanding of Religious Education identifies six interdependent elements of Religious Education in the Catholic Secondary school:
- the classroom Religious Education program
- integration of Catholic values across the curriculum
- the liturgical and prayer life of the school
- opportunities for retreats and reflection days
- community service programs and voluntary groups
- interaction of home, parish and school.
Teachers of classroom Religious Education have a privileged role, and all teachers contribute to the religious dimension of the whole life of the College. The essential partnership between home, parish and school is maintained through the College’s welcome, encouragement and invitation to parents, priests and other members of the community, to become involved.
Religious Life at Bede Polding
At Bede Polding College growth in faith is fostered by:
Each Monday morning the Staff meets before school for prayer.
All assembly and Year group meetings begin with a community prayer often prepared/led by the students.
Every day begins with prayers being said in the Homeroom classes.
At approximately 12:25 pm each day a chime is played over the PA system. At this chime all activity ceases and silence is observed for prayer or reflection.
Each school year is begun with a liturgy at which all students and staff are present. College liturgies are set around key dates of the Church calendar. Students also have a number of opportunities during the year for class and year Mass. Liturgies are also held to celebrate feast days and special occasions, or to commemorate solemn remembrances. Eucharistic liturgies are celebrated as part of Year 10 and Year 12 Graduations. Community members are also invited to lead/attend Mass at the parish on selected occasions.
We liaison with the local parishes to address student needs.
Years 10 and 12 are given the opportunity of an annual retreat. The aims of these are to:
- provide ‘time-out’ for students from the normal pressures of school life so that each student may be allowed and assisted to reflect on his/her own life
- develop each student’s understanding of her/himself and to enhance their self-esteem
- enable each student to examine her/his relationship with others, especially the important people in her/his life
- assist each student to reflect on and deepen her/his understanding of God.
- integrate faith in God with the realities of everyday life, such as relationships, study and leisure
- reflect on their role in addressing social justice issues.