Religious Education

Religious Education consists of two distinct but complementary dimensions, an educational dimension and a faith formation dimension. The first dimension is addressed in the classroom teaching and learning of religion. Within this context we aim to promote the development of knowledge, skills and values which students need to participate as active lifelong learners within the church and community. As in other curriculum areas, the teachers provide their students with opportunities to demonstrate what they know and what they can do with their acquired knowledge.

The second dimension of Religious Education, faith formation, is reflected in the religious life of our school, the student’s family and the parish. We endeavour to nurture this part of a student’s Religious Education in several ways. Children participate in prayer in the classroom and at school gatherings. The school community is given opportunities to celebrate Eucharist (Mass) and prayer services. We have whole school Eucharistic celebrations at least three times per year: at the beginning of the year, end of year and to celeebrate St Bernard's Day in August.

Sacramental Programs at Clairvaux

Another part of the Faith Formation dimension is the Sacramental life of children. Parents are the first and most important educators of their children (Declaration on Christian Education, 1968, Vatican II) and it is within the faith development of family and home that children come to a deeper realisation and practice of their faith. The school, as an agency within the Parish, acts as a conduit to allow children to experience the Sacramental life of the Church.

The Sacramental Preparation Program is a parish based program, where the school and the parish work together to prepare the children for their Sacraments.

In year 3, the children participate in the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation are the Sacraments the children usually receive in their primary school years.


Social Justice Focus

Throughout their years at Clairvaux, the children will be exposed to many opportunities to participate in Social Justice initiatives. Our Major focus is our support for the community of Mannya in Uganda.  St Aloysious Primary School is our sister school.  Each year our students participate in a lap-a-thon, gold coin casual dress days and Project Mannya to raise funds for this community.  

St Bernard’s Parish, Belmont

Address74 Fryers Rd, Highton VIC 3216

Phone(03) 5243 2739