St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Blackall Personal Development




A Personal Development Education Program is taught to all children from Prep to Year 6. This program is integrated into the other subjects and parents are informed each term of any sensitive topics being taught. Elements of the Personal Social Development Education is taught through the following curriculum areas:

  • Religious Education

  • Health and Physical Education

  • Science

  • Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum


In Years 5 and 6, there are specific connections to managing changes and transitions associated with puberty and the reproductive system, investigating ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing and knowledge about private body parts and body ownership. A member from the Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton Religious Education team presents these specific lessons, assisting the regular classroom teacher.  The content to be taught is taken from the current Diocesan Personal and Social Development Education program called “Continuing the Journey”. This program is implemented in all of the schools and colleges in our Diocese and is supported by the Diocesan Policy on ‘Personal and Social Development Education 2017’.


Our school embraces the Making Jesus Real (MJR) programme, although it is less of a programme and more of a way of life. We seek to look for Jesus in ourselves and those around us. We want to foster a relationship with Jesus this is real and relevant to our daily lives.

MJR has a simple message - Jesus is part of our lives and can change the way we live and we can make Jesus live through our actions and words. An important aspect of MJR is learning how to recognise God Moments in encounters with our friends, a cheerful greeting using a person's name, a smile, a wink of encouragement, an offer of a helping hand, or an unexpected compliment. MJR leads us to be 'winners and grinners' rather than 'moaners and groaners', to look for the positives in each day and to be sure to let others know how much we appreciate them in our lives.

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Blackall Making Jesus Real
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