St Patrick’s provides an education for children in the Parish of Jesus The Good Shepherd, East Lake Macquarie. We are committed to creating and fostering a caring community where parents, teachers and students work together in mutual support and respect. It is this community aspect of the faith we share that sets the tone of our Catholic school.
The primary goal of our school is to provide a sound education in a Christian environment. We aim to achieve this goal by bringing the person and the message of Jesus Christ into our daily work with the students and their families. Religious Education lessons are taught for part of each day, but we believe Christianity is a way of living that should influence every aspect of our school life. We strive to deepen each child’s knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith and to develop a climate that will help our children grow in their faith relationship with Christ.
Our Religious Education program is based on the Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan Religious Education units, which have been developed specifically to meet the needs of the students attending our diocesan schools.
Our students are invited to participate in parish-based sacramental programs. Students from Year 2 onwards are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students from Year 3 onwards are eligible to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Brochures outlining the parish sacramental programs are located in our parish churches at Swansea, Belmont and Windale.
Parents are the first and primary educators of their children in the faith, and the family plays a major part in the child’s preparation for the reception of these sacraments. As parents, it is your witness and commitment that lays the foundation for your child’s Christian formation. We aim to support you and your child as you walk together this journey in faith.