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Religious Education


‘I will show you the way to Heaven’
St John Vianney

Our school motto, ‘I will show you the way to Heaven’, as spoken by St John Vianney to a little boy on the way to Ars in France, reflects the shared commitment of our school community to know, love and serve God. At St John Vianney's Parish school the partnership between home, school and parish is integral in nurturing a love of our God.

Religious Education is a core key learning area at St John Vianney’s and lessons are based on the Parramatta Diocesan curriculum Sharing Our Story. This program is supported by the St John Vianney’s Catechism which provides instruction in Catholic doctrine and tradition and the To Know, Worship and Love program from the Sydney Archdiocese.

Prayer is integral to each day at St John Vianney’s.

  • We commence each day as a whole school community with our school prayer.
  • Each day concludes with prayer in every classroom.
  • Students in Years 3 – 6 are given the opportunity to go to Confession each term.
  • Primary classes attend Parish Mass every Thursday morning.
  • The Angelus is prayed daily at 12 noon.
  • Students in Years 2 - 6 may pray the Rosary every Monday at lunchtime led by members of the Parish.

Throughout the year we also come together as a school community for times of prayer to celebrate significant occasions such as:

  • Beginning of year welcome to Kindergarten and new students
  • Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter
  • Pentecost
  • Advent and Christmas
  • Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Our Patron Saint – St John Vianney
  • Year 6 Graduation.

Staff play an important role in modelling and giving witness to the values of the Gospel in their daily interaction with the students and their families. This action is further witnessed by the supporting of many church and community based organisations such as:

  • Project Compassion (Caritas)
  • St Vincent de Paul Society (food donations)
  • Australian Catholic Mission
  • Jeans for Genes
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Diocesan initiatives (East Timor).



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You can contact St John vianney’s Primary, Doonside by email or phone 9831 1817 during business hours between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.

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