Justice, Equality and World Religions Programme

All classes in Rockboro School are allocated one class period per week (45 minutes) to take part in our Justice, Equality and World Religions programme. The class aims to develop in children an awareness and understanding of the issues of justice and equality; to develop in children a knowledge and critical understanding of morality and ethics; and to foster in children a general appreciation of different religious belief systems around the world; however, the class features no doctrinal instruction. While National Schools allocate 30 minutes 5 times per week for doctrinal instruction, we allocate 45 minutes once per week for our Justice, Equality and World Religions programme. The Justice, Equality and World Religions programme reflects the our school’s multi-denominational ethos and the religious and cultural diversity of our school. It seeks to develop in our pupils: self-awareness; respect for others; open-mindedness; tolerance; and an appreciation of others in the community. In addition to the Justice, Equality and World Religions programme, Rockboro makes provision for children in J2 and J6 who are preparing to receive the Roman Catholic sacrament whose parents wish them to receive instruction at our school. These children receive instruction during the timeslot allocated to the Justice, Equality and World Religions Programme but in a different classroom. The other children in the class continue with the multi-denominational programme.