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Religious Education


The Church establishes and supports Catholic schools for many reasons; one being that Catholic schools should be places where young people experience the rich heritage of Catholic teachings, culture and tradition. The Catholic school fosters the growth in faith at personal and community levels through the celebration of Christ's presence in prayer and liturgies.
Catholic Schools, Parramatta Diocesan Schools Board (January 1990)


The Religious Education program

The College follows the Parramatta Diocesan Religious Education syllabus. Content programming decisions are made with the specific needs of the community in mind.

Senior students are able to continue the Diocesan program or opt for the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) course, ‘Studies of Religion’.

Religious Life at Bede Polding

At Bede Polding College growth in faith is fostered by:
  • Staff Prayer - Each Monday morning the Staff meets before school for prayer.
  • Student Prayer – All assembly and Year group meetings begin with a community prayer often prepared/led by the students.

  • Class Prayer – Every day begins with prayers being said in the Homeroom classes.

  • Noon Prayer - 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.
  • Liturgies - 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.

  • Sacraments – we liaison with the local parishes to address student needs.

  • Retreats - 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.

In these ways Bede Polding College can become a centre of faith formation with opportunities for students, parents and teachers to deepen their love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.


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