As a Church of England school, different faiths, along with Christianity are an important part of the RE curriculum.
Religious Education (RE) is an essential and fascinating part of learning. With issues of religion and belief frequently topping the news agenda, RE helps children to develop a growing understanding and make sense of them. RE allows children growing up in a diverse society to understand the views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own. As a Church of England school, different faiths, along with Christianity are an important part of the RE curriculum. Along with daily collective worship, it provides space for children to reflect on their own ideas and develop their thoughts about questions of meaning and ethics. Through learning, debate and questioning, along with gaining knowledge and understanding, children are being equipped to handle issues in their lives, and preparing them the next steps in their lives and for the workplace and adult life.
A group of pupils from Y6 represented St. Mary’s brilliantly in June 2019 as they spoke in front of an audience of 70 people (including the Mayor of Barnet) at a SACRE event at Hendon Town Hall. The children spoke proudly about their experience of Religious Education and the impact that their learning has had on their lives. They reflected on the lives of Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Desmond Tutu among others, and how their faith, and the challenges they faced have inspired others to change the World.
Barnet SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) is a body constituted to oversee the provision of Religious Education and acts of collective worship in the non-denominational Borough schools. SACRE works in partnership with the Local Authority, teachers, parents and faith groups, and draws its membership from these groups. It is also seen as a forum through which consultation may take place on faith issues affecting the community.