Bethany Primary follows the Religious Education syllabus for Catholic schools, prescribed by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, titled Sharing Our Story. In line with syllabus documents from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), the Religious Education syllabus requires students, at various stages, to achieve certain outcomes in the areas of God, Jesus, Sacraments, Prayer, Scripture and Church. Importantly, the syllabus requires that teaching/learning activities cater for the different learning styles and levels of ability of the children.
At Bethany, we aim to integrate the school's Religious Education program into the whole curriculum. This is to ensure that the children come to follow Jesus in the Catholic tradition, developing values and attitudes that could be described as essentially Catholic. Meaningful lessons in Religious Education are part of the school day, and Gospel values and attitudes permeate all aspects of school life.
Children have the opportunity to celebrate liturgies, which reflect the liturgical seasons and the life of the school. They also participate in reconciliation and prayer times as part of the school day. Grade liturgies are held throughout the year. This is an opportunity for parents to pray with the Bethany community.
The parish facilitates family-centred First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation programs for the children, and the school supports these initiatives within its Religious Education program.