"To educate well, we need to step out of ourselves and be among young people, to accompany them in the stages of their growth, placing ourselves at their side. Give them hope, and confidence for their journey in the world. Teach them to see the beauty and the goodness of creation and of humanity, which always retains the imprint of the Creator. Most importantly, be witnesses with your lives. Educators convey knowledge and values with their words, but they make a difference when they back up words with their personal example; that is with the coherence of their life." (Pope Francis, June 2013)
St Bernadette's is a Catholic school which aims to support its pupils in learning about the life and mission of Jesus in a loving, caring and supportive environment that reflects the gospel values. Through focused RE lessons, children learn about the life and work of Jesus; the traditions of the church; the importance of the sacraments and develop their understanding of the Mass. They also learn about other world faiths and the need to respect the beliefs and traditions of others.
Religious Education is a core subject and underpins the Christian values which define our St Bernadette's community. RE is taught as an academic subject and is delivered for two hours a week in key stage 1 and two and a half hours in key stage 2. We follow the 'God Matters' scheme of work which is set by the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
Children come to St Bernadette's at different stages in their faith journey. Family situations vary as do children’s spiritual experiences outside school. Some may already be engaged while others may be hearing the gospel teachings for the first time. In RE lessons we aim to guide all children in:
At St Bernadette's we recognise that children should not just learn about the Gospel values but live them. We believe it is our duty to create an environment that is reflective of this; where children feel respected, loved and cared for in every aspect of their education and able to reach their full potential, not just academically but emotionally, socially and personally.
Prayer is an important part of our daily routine. Children come together for liturgies and assemblies. The children also participate in hymn practice singing the Word of the Lord. In May and October we recite the Rosary, whilst during Advent, collective worship is themed alongside the Jesse Tree. The children attend Parish Mass throughout the year.