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 High School 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.