The school maintains open lines of communication with the wider parish community of St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The school actively encourages families to participate in the life of St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish. Parents and parishioners are always invited and encouraged to celebrate together at Liturgies and Masses. The school choir leads the congregation at St Patrick’s Cathedral once a month. There are combined School/Parish Masses once a term.
The Parish Administrator, Fr Michael O’Brien, is a member of the School Board. This arrangement ensures that two way communication takes place.
St Saviour’s Primary Mini Vinnies Team are the students from Years 5 who work together to help those in need within our local or international community. By participating in Mini Vinnies, students are introduced to social justice issues, the St Vincent de Paul Society and living faith through positive action.
The two main goals of St Saviour’s Primary Mini Vinnies are to:
It is also about young people meeting to talk, share ideas and concerns, to have fun and support each other. The Mini Vinnies model of “See, Think, Do” is a great way to get young people thinking and talking about their spirituality and to connect their faith with issues affecting their community through volunteering, advocacy and fundraising.
Preparation for the first reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation is available through a parish/family based program with the school acting, through its curriculum, in a supporting capacity. Catholic students in Year 4 are invited to participate in the Sacramental Program, with initial letters of invitation going out to students in Term 4 of Year 3. Inquiries concerning Sacramental preparation should be referred to the Parish Office, the Sacramental Team Coordinator or the school APRE.
As a school within the Mercy tradition, St Saviour’s Primary School holds true to the values of Catherine McAuley. Catherine’s deep faith in God who is Mercy, and her experience of the pain of poverty, shaped her prayer and, in turn, her prayer shaped her ministry. Mercy spirituality is based on this life long journey of discovery of the Mercy of God, which is so often found in the lives and struggles of the suffering and the poor. The Mercy values of Hospitality, Justice, Compassion, Dignity, Excellence, Stewardship and Service are seen as cornerstones to what we aim to teach, learn and live at St Saviour’s Primary School.These fruits of the Mercy Charism are evident through the day to day relationships between students, staff and families and find particular expression through various routines, events and celebrations.
Mrs Judy Smith is the school’s APRE – Assistant Principal Religious Education