This is Our Faith

This Is Our Faith,  the syllabus for Catholic religious education in Scotland, governs the teaching of religious education in Scotland's Catholic schools.  This is the first religious education syllabus to be originated wholly in Scotland and designed to meet the needs of young people in Scotland.  It was published in November 2011 by the Scottish Catholic Education Service on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Scotland; a Senior Phase version was published in October 2015.

This is Our Faith is  designed to inform teachers' understanding of the nature of the Catholic school, the purpose of religious education, the role of the teacher, the 'Strands of Faith' under which is organised  the 'core learning' in faith which young people are expected to experience through their Broad General Education phase (P1 through to S3) and at the Senior Phase (S4 to S6).  

As a Catholic school, we offer a vision based upon the central teachings and values of the Catholic Church. 

We aim to help all children develop their fullest potential, preparing them for life, informing their minds and forming their characters so that they can contribute with others to the transformation of their world – building God’s kingdom.

 We are greatly supported by the Clergy at St. Mary’s Parish and are proud to offer an education focused on strong moral values for all pupils of all faiths. 

We follow the Religious and Moral Curriculum ‘This is Our Faith’ and our relationships education closely follows ‘God’s Loving Plan’, promoting the value in life, love and family.


Please use this link to view the Easter issue of the Light of the North. We trust that you'll find plenty in this Easter issue to inspire and to celebrate including Bishop Hugh Gilbert's impressions of the new Diocesan Icon-Cross (p3); an opportunity to influence the future of Catholic education in Aberdeen (p12). Also, Fr Patrick Rice SJ explores how to have a real encounter and relationship with the risen Lord (p20); Eileen Grant asks the question, "Does God sing?" (p23); Lidia Konar explains the tradition of the blessing of the Easter baskets and Fr Benedict Hardy extols the art of bee keeping at Pluscarden Abbey (32).


Wishing you a very blessed and happy Easter,