Education in Faith

Religious Education

St Columba's school works in partnership with the Parish and parents to nurture the religious identity of each child.

As a Catholic school, we are called to act with compassion and empathy, to respect and care for our world and for the most vulnerable and to promote inclusion and provide community.  It is through our Catholic values and motto "the little school with a big heart' that we actively encourage our students to think beyond themselves and to live out their faith through service and action.

Across all areas of the curriculum our Catholic faith, traditions and Social Justice are seen as central to our learning. As such Religious Education is not taught in isolation, instead it is linked to our units of inquiry with a strong emphasis on the Catholic Social Justice teachings. Our parish includes not only St Columba's but also Sacred Heart St Kilda West and Sacred Heart Mission. Each year level at our school is aligned closely with the work of Sacred Heart Mission, thus providing our students with rich learning opportunities that endeavour to make meaningful connections between our faith and how we respond to the world around us.

Preparation for the Sacraments

The preparation for sacraments is parish based, with parents encouraged and supported by the Parish Priest, the Parish Pastoral Associate, the Religious Education Leader and staff to assist the students to prepare for these sacred moments in their lives.

  • Year 3 students receive the Sacrament of Penance by making their First Reconciliation (Confession).
  • Year 4 students make their First Eucharist (Communion).
  • Year 6 students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation each year.

During the preparation times for Sacraments, families are encouraged to attend weekend Mass with their children as well as the family preparation nights.

What our parents & students say

"The teachers and staff focus on the child to be the best that they can be. They value and encourage individuality."

Parent of Year 3 Student