Religious Education

At St Mary’s Primary School Altona, we acknowledge that parents are the first Religious Educators of their children. The teachers work closely with the parents and the wider parish community in educating and leading the children to be nurtured in the Catholic faith. We recognise the importance of the Religious Education Program being an integral part of teaching and learning and the importance of partnership between family, school and Parish.


The Religious Education curriculum for schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne is followed through the implementation of the series of texts To Know, Worship & Love for Prep to Year 6. Parents are informed of the units of study each term. Prep to Year 2 materials follow the Good Shepherd Experience with the inquiry process used in Years 3 to 6 - ‘a faith seeking understanding’ approach to inquiry.


The curriculum draws from Scripture and the Catholic tradition of the Universal Church. It fosters an understanding of young people as they grow and mature in contemporary society. Its content includes a strong social justice focus. Religious Education is woven into the daily life of the school through formal religion lessons. The integration of Christian attitudes and values are linked into all Key Learning Areas and the encouragement to live fully Christian lives is promoted.



School Liturgies                                                                                   

Celebrating our faith through liturgy is an important component of school life at St. Mary’s, Altona. Opportunities for experiencing prayer and celebrating liturgy are regularly provided for the whole school community.


Each class is regularly rostered on during the school year to attend Mass at 9.15am at the parish church; Mary, Help of Christians. Parents and families are invited to share in this celebration.


Various liturgical events are celebrated throughout the year:

  • Beginning School Year Mass
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Mother’s Day Parish Mass
  • Feast of Mary, Help of Christians
  • Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Grandparent’s Day Mass
  • Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop
  • Father’s Day Parish Mass
  • Graduation Mass
  • Prayer Assemblies
  • End of Year Mass


During the important liturgical seasons of the year such as Lent and Advent, there are weekly prayer liturgies. Parents and families are welcome to join with us in these celebrations and are notified in the weekly newsletters and on the school web page.



At St Mary’s Altona, Catholic students are prepared for the Sacraments as part of a class program. There is an expectation of significant parental involvement.


Students receive the Sacraments in the following years:

  • Reconciliation – Year 3
  • First Eucharist – Year 3
  • Confirmation – Year 6.


We celebrate the students’ reception of each Sacrament as an important stage in their faith journey.