The teaching of Religious Education within St Joseph's Convent School is embedded within all aspects of the daily life in our school community. Together we follow our Mission Statement
"Will we live and work together as Jesus taught us, spreading his loving friendship to everyone we meet".
Through this Gospel message, we strive to live by our Mission Statement and follow the life of faith.
Here at St Joseph's, we follow the 'Come and See' scheme. This scheme consists of three elements:-
Explore, Reveal and Respond, which are delivered through each topic studied. The curriculum ensures the effective continuity and progression whilst also providing the opportunity for children to reflect on their own life experiences. The programme enables a variety of activities to be undertaken within lessons to meet all learners' needs, including English, Art & Drama. Each year group within the school has the opportunity to study other faiths, which include Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. To develop their understanding of major world religions, the children are provided with the opportunity to experience various visits and school trips to deepen their awareness of each faith.
Classes attend weekly Mass at our local church, Our Lady of Lourdes with Reverend Patrick J Sammon and parishioners. This enables the children to deepen their awareness of the Eucharist. Throughout the Liturgical year, Holy Mass is celebrated and devotion is given to Our Lady during the months of October and May. The May Procession has been a tradition of our school for many years and encourages the children to flourish their devotion to Our Lady. The children participate in reconciliation services and are supported for the preparation of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.
Our school day consists of morning, lunchtime and end of day prayers whilst the children are given the opportunity to reflect and share their own prayers within the classroom setting. This special time allows pupils to reflect and foster their own special relationship with God. Each week, the children receive 'The Wednesday Word' as part of their home learning and are encouraged to share the gospel message at home with their families.
‘The quality of pupils’ learning and progress in religious education is outstanding’.
Diocese of Brentwood RE Inspection Report December 2015