We believe in nurturing the faith and spirituality of all those in our school community, especially the children in our care. We believe that ” to educate young people, first we must love them, we must love them all equally” ( Marcellin Champagnat). We are committed to nurturing each person’s spiritual integrity by offering opportunities for prayer, reflection, meditation and contemplation within a framework that, while rooted in Catholic belief and practice, respects individual conscience. Thus, while learners of all religious persuasions are respected and accepted at the College, they are expected to respect these beliefs and practices by attending all Religious Education lessons, masses and religious observances at the school.
Sacred Heart College offers a coordinated, comprehensive, liturgically enriched RE programme, with spirituality at its heart. The programme includes:
- Regular assemblies led by learners, staff and the Chaplain
- Celebration of major liturgical feasts and other significant days through liturgy, masses and para- liturgy. This includes termly whole school masses, annual inter-Catholic masses, as well as section and class masses.
- Staff and learner reflection days and retreats
- Community service programme: an important response as a Catholic school is to be involved in helping other people. The programme is aimed at inculcating in young people the necessity to be of service and support to people in need. All learners are involved in formal community, school (and optionally church) service, reaching out to a variety of communities in need as well as helping the school community in various ways eg assisting at functions and in the tuck shop.
- RE/LO curriculum: this is a coherent, organized and resourced programme based on Lifebound in the Primary School and Cord in the High School. It allows for the integration of Life Orientation into Religious Education wherever relevant.
It is supported within the curriculum as a whole through a commitment to a values-based, life centered approach that is rooted in an African context.
A multi-faith strand in HS allows for sensitivity to learners and their relationship to their own faiths and religious communities.
RE/LO is given 3 hours timetable allocation per cycle.
RE/LO uses appropriate forms of learner assessment which is academically rigorous in relevant areas.
- Sacramental preparation: the school prepares all Catholic learners for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion are done in Grade 3 and Confirmation takes place in Grade 10 and 11. All the preparation is conducted in accordance with Diocesan policy regarding preparation for these sacraments. To facilitate the process effectively the Catholics are taught separately to the rest of the class in these lessons.
Reconciliation Services, with provision made for the Sacrament of Reconciliation individually in all classes, are held once a term from Grade 4-12.
- The Confirmation Candidates follow a two year Confirmation programme during their Grade 10 & 11 years. During the multi-faith sessions the confirmation candidates follow the confirmation programme. It is a time of exploration, learning and deepening of their faith. In their Grade 10 year some time is spent on familiarizing themselves with the Bible, the Gospels and the life of Jesus and his message. As they move toward immediate preparation for the celebration of confirmation the focus is on the teachings, beliefs and moral convictions of the
Catholic Church and further familiarizing themselves with the Bible. Our school Chaplain Father David Dryden also meets with the Candidates, their parents and their sponsors.
They are also expected to play a role in the whole school Masses and one of the ways they do this is by leading the offertoryprocession.
They also come into contact with other catholic communities through the events which are arranged by the Catholic schools office. The first of these events is the Pilgrim Cross which is traditionally taken from one catholic school to another in preparation for the Grade 11
Mass in May. Sacred Heart College receives it from Assumption and then passes it on to St David’s. As the time draws closer to the Confirmation the candidates go on a Retreat which takes place in September.