Education in Faith at St Pius X:
- Is multi-faceted. We celebrate, explore and learn about our faith through Liturgical Celebrations, the Parish Community, the RE Curriculum and the Atrium Program.
- The Church Liturgical Year is highlighted in our celebrations particularly with our Parish Community. Our Lenten season is characterised by the burning of the old palm branches for Ash Wednesday, the burying of the Alleluia banner into the Church garden, Stations of the Cross, and a Holy Week Reflection. The joy of Easter is highlighted with a ceremony where we dig up the Alleluia banner and have a “Liturgy of the Light” on our return to school after the Easter Holidays.
- Advent and Christmas are also marked and celebrated by our Advent Assemblies and Christmas Event and “Moving Nativity” scene. Our School Choir performs at a variety of places including Bunnings and our local Aged Care Facilities.
- Each class attends Mass of a Friday at least once each term. We have a number of whole school masses to celebrate special feasts such as the feast of the Sacred Heart, St Mary MacKillop, the Feast of the Assumption and of course our Patron, St Pius X.
- Each Year level is also invited to attend one of our Weekend Masses together as a level once a term.
- In 2016 we celebrated the Year of Mercy with our Mercy door, an introduction to various Saints of Mercy and an exploration of the Corporal Works of Mercy. A number of Mission activities, fundraisers and Social Justice activities are central to our Catholic Identity at St Pius. We support the work of organisations such as St Vincent de Paul, Caritas and Catholic Mission.
- Our Parish Priest supports and encourages us all at St Pius X and is a visible presence in our Community.
- We are blessed to have a Parish with life- long connections to our school. Parishioners take an active interest in the students at St Pius, supporting them through initiatives such as the Breakfast Club, and Reading Club .We strive to connect students with Parish life.
- Prayer begins our day at St Pius with each class responsible for their prayer time together.
- St Pius X has a dedicated space within the school called an “Atrium” . This is a unique hands on environment filled with sensorially rich materials for the children’s faith formation. The materials are focused on scripture and liturgy and based on the Montessori Method of Education. The program is known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and can be found in many parishes throughout the world. St Pius X is currently the only school in Melbourne where all the students come to the Atrium on a weekly basis. The Atrium complements and sits alongside our regular Religious Education program.
- We use the Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) RE Curriculum for our RE Program. The program is enriched using the RE Inquiry Model particularly for Yr 3-6.
- Our Sacramental Program is complemented with the children’s time in the Atrium.
- We endeavour to make explicit the links between student wellbeing, gospel values and virtues and explore them from the perspective of our Catholic Faith Tradition.
Lent and Easter
We celebrated Pentecost- the birthday of the Church with our very own birthday cake. We shared a dramatic reading of the first Pentecost. Our families gathered for a multi-cultural feast.