Roman Catholic Team
Catholic Special Religious Education (SRE) at Berry Primary School
The Catholic Scripture Team at Berry Primary School: L to R: Mr. Hugh Wilson; Mrs. Lucie Ward; Mrs. Mary Kellett; Mrs. Jessie Alamango; Mr. Greg Troy. Absent: Mrs. Vyvette Tudor.
The curriculum for our students, in Catholic SRE, is based upon the course published by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) Sydney and is named Christ our Light and Life. It is a course that is developmental as all stages from Kindergarten to Year 6 are linked and built on. For a detailed description of the curriculum please go to:
Students in all stages are issued with a Student Activity Book which is used in the classroom. This Book as well as a Completion of Course Certificate will be presented to the children at the end of the year. In addition to the bookwork each of our teachers provide an array of teaching strategies and techniques in order to motivate and inspire our students. These may include numerous craft activities, role-plays, puzzles and dramatisations. One of our aims is to send students work home as often as possible so as parents and carers can observe the work that is being done by their children.
The outcomes for all the courses from Kindergarten to Year 6 are integrated in the topics of: God, The Holy Trinity; Creation; The Church; Liturgical Year & The Moral Life.
The course, at Berry Primary School, is divided into 4 stages:
1. Kindergarten. Mrs. Vyvette Tudor and ably assisted by Mrs. Lucie Ward. Mrs. Tudor has been teaching Scripture at Berry for 4 years and she also teaches Scripture at Nowra East Public School. This is Mrs. Ward’s second year at Berry however she has taught scripture over a period of 7 years.
2. Stage 1 (Years 1&2). Mr. Greg Troy. Mr. Troy taught both Junior & Senior Religious Education at St. John the Evangelist High School Nowra for a period of 15 years. He has taught Scripture at Berry for 5 years and also teaches scripture at Shoalhaven Heads Public School.
3. Stage 2 (Years 3 &4). Mr. Hugh Wilson. Mr. Wilson has taught Scripture at various schools for a total of 19 years.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to all children at this stage (or above) and First Holy Communion is available to children in Year 4 (and above) who have been baptized and have made their Reconciliation. For those interested in receiving these Sacraments please contact one of the Scripture teachers or phone the Parish centre on 44231712.
4. Stage 3 (Years 5 & 6). Mrs. Jessie Alamango. Mrs. Alamango has being teaching Scripture, in various schools, for 30 years.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is available to students in Year 6 who have been Baptised. For those interested in receiving this Sacrament please contact one of the Scripture teachers or phone the Parish centre on 44231712.
If there are any children who wish to be Baptised please call the Parish Centre on 44231712.
Mrs. Mary Kellett has taught scripture over a period of 31 years including many years full time at Berry Public School. Presently she is acting as a casual teacher filling in for the other team members who cannot be present on the day.
The Christ our Light and Life series aims to provide an environment in which young people may fall ‘in love’ with Jesus the Good shepherd and develop a real relationship with Him. They will discover both personal union with God, and their membership of a church established by God. They will learn to become like their Saviour - in the home, in the school, in the parish and in the world. Christian virtue and Christian truth become the foundation for the whole of life.