Religious Education

We strive to make a difference in our world today - we are creating leaders for tomorrow.

Our Catholic faith lights the way as we guide your child’s learning journey. With Jesus as our model, we are led by love, compassion and respect for all, especially those in need. We are led by love, compassion and respect for all. Together in Christ, we reach out our helping hands to those in our College and in our wider community. We will change the world.

We see the good in each child. Every child deserves to be safe, known and cared for. Every child has the potential to learn, grow and flourish into a happy and positive person.




Connecting with the Catholic faith and traditions in a meaningful way enriches the lives of students.





As a Christ-centred community, the study of religion is an important part of the curriculum and the life of Jesus Christ provides the foundation from which our learning community draws its purpose and hope.

Children are educated in the teachings of the Catholic faith and the values of the Gospel. As with all schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, the Diocesan Religious Education program is used from Kindergarten through to Year 12. This program incorporates elements of scripture, the Life of Jesus, Catholic doctrine, reflection and prayer.






Classroom-based Religious Education is just as demanding as every other subject. It has its own syllabus and it uses the most effective methods including group work, research, critical thinking, problem-solving, appropriate use of memorisation, display, and dramatic presentation.



Students regularly participate in College and Parish Masses and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Religious education is designed to complement and add to the Parish Sacramental programs.


Stanhope Catholic Learning Community



Stanhope Catholic Learning Community

Expression of our Catholic Faith at St John XXIII

Prayer is central to our day both inside and outside the classroom and is an essential part of Spirituality Days and our Senior Retreat Program.

There is a rich and varied liturgical life within our learning community and liturgies are celebrated for Grandparents Day, Father’s and Mother’s Day, Lent and Advent. Major church memorials and feasts are also celebrated with music, drama and dance in a joyful and reverent manner.

All students and staff are invited to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacramental life of the Church. Our Parish Priest and Assistant Priest celebrate the College and Parish Masses, as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which are regularly offered for all students.

In collaboration with our Parish Priest, the Religious Education Co-Ordinator and the Parish Sacramental Co-Ordinator, children and their families are assisted in parish-based Sacramental preparations. Our Religious Education is designed to complement and enhance the Parish Sacramental programs in forming the young students in their faith.

Creating real world faith-based experiences

At St John XXIII, students have the opportunity to experience the Religious Education curriculum in the real world, resulting in great learning exchanges. Engaging with guest speakers and faith- based organisations within our local context, these real world experiences are afforded to all students to allow them to take their Religious Education curriculum beyond the classroom.







A most important part of Catholic life is giving to the needs of others.

At Stanhope we have a strong outreach locally and overseas. Social justice is an integral part of College life and allows students to live their faith in a practical way.

“The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty!” - Pope Francis (Text from 7/25/2103 in Rio, Brazil)

Beyond the Classroom  Our Catholic Mission








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