Families today are likely to live in nations where people hold a variety of beliefs and values from different religious traditions. At St Joseph’s Institution International, our community reflects a diversity that is enriching for children to develop their own beliefs and values.
Religious and Moral Education (RME) lessons enable children to explore the Catholic faith and major religions of the world, philosophies and traditions. Based on Lasallian Catholic values, the broad aim of the RME course is to engage and stimulate critical thinking about self and others. Starting with their families, children reflect on relationships and grow in gratitude and love towards all who contribute to their well-being. They reflect on a range of ethical and philosophical issues that confront young children in today’s world.
Our lessons are designed to develop skills which critically evaluate arguments and articulate beliefs and values. As natural philosophers, children ask big questions in life, such as Who am I? and Why am I here? Their wonder and awe about the mysteries of creation and life illuminate their deep spiritual capacities.
Through the Philosophy for Children programme, children learn how to ask deep questions, think critically about moral choices, understand different viewpoints and communicate their thoughts confidently and respectfully. Our children will also strengthen interpersonal and intrapersonal skills so they understand themselves and form healthy relationships with others. Both aspects support children to grow in the strength of character and to make good moral choices.
- learn about their beliefs, practices and traditions and explore how every religion promotes compassion
- understand the responses which religious and non-religious views can offer on the ultimate questions of the nature, purpose and meaning of life
- develop respect for others with different beliefs
- understand accepted customs of conduct and right living in a society
- develop honesty, compassion, justice and wisdom by reflecting on their own moral values
- develop reflective and discernment capacities and critical thinking in making decisions
- make a positive difference to the community and the world by putting their beliefs and talents at the service of others