St Patrick’s School has nurtured it’s Catholic Identity to reflect the life, work and teaching of Jesus Christ and the evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church. The daily interactions among all members of our school community reflect belief in, and commitment to the Catholic Identity of our school.
Catholic Identity is manifested in the way St. Patrick’s encounters and engages in the everyday, bringing social justice to life- influencing leadership structures, planning and sharing in resources and facilities, curriculum content and process, and pastoral care. It is about ‘loving thy neighbour’ and responding to the call to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God.
The Brigidine Sisters founded St Patrick’s Primary School in 1888, and have been an important part of Catholic Education Wangaratta history.
The Brigidine Sisters follow their patroness, St.Brigid of Kildare who cared for the earth, for justice and equality, for peace and reconciliation. The Brigidine Charism is one of Strength and Kindliness, and guides our school to live in a manner that is faithful to the teachings of Jesus and inspired by the Brigidine values.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation are an important part of St Patrick’s Primary School and are celebrated each year with our Year 3 and 4 students. The Sandhurst Diocese ‘Steps in Faith’ Sacramental Program provides a spiritually enriching connection between the parish, school and family.
School and Parish Relationship
St Patrick’s Primary School and St Patrick’s Parish Church enjoy a strong relationship. Classes regularly attend Parish Masses, where students are provided with the opportunity to worship, share the sacrament of communion with the parish and actively participate as readers and altar servers.
The St Patrick’s school and parish communities are also provided opportunities to come together for Beginning and End of Year Masses, St Patrick’s Feast Day as well as Christmas and Easter Masses.
Liturgies and Masses
Worship is an extremely important part of faith formation. Liturgies and Masses are regularly celebrated both at school and at St Patrick’s Church. Our school community are invited to participate in worship at these occasions.
First Nations Australians Education
Educating about the truthful history of the First Nations Australian is an important part of St Patrick’s Primary School. Our F.I.R.E Carriers program educates our students about Reconciliation and ensures the First Nations history is integrated throughout the curriculum. Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week is celebrated through school liturgies and classroom activities.