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To move my children from their current Catholic school...

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coni336 Mon 03-Dec-12 14:34:23

I have 2 children one in Year 1 and one in Year 3. They attend our local Catholic school where I also work (makes things 1000 x harder). My 8 year old has come home a few times quite worried and scared about his RE lessons. They have been learning about Purgatory and some other quite scary stories which I think are a bit heavy for children his age.

My husband is totally against religion and he didn't want the children to go to that school in the first place. I am a bit torn as I wanted them to have the discipline and moral teaching BUT I was naive about how much it actually was. So it is my fault entirely and I know you are going to say 'you chose it, you should've know' etc... but anyway now I want them to change schools to another local school that is very good but I am very nervous about making this decision. The other thing is that how do I talk to the head/my boss about it without it affecting my job! Will he expect me to hand in my notice too?? Can I still say 'I like working here but it's not what I want for my children?'
Oh i just dont know what to do...

squoosh Wed 05-Dec-12 13:10:50

Yep evolution is taught in Catholic schools. The Old Testament isn't really a 'thing' in Catholicism.

PlaySchool Wed 05-Dec-12 14:26:01

The Old Testament isn't really a 'thing' in Catholicism. We were taught that the New Testament kind of superseded it.

44SoStartingOver Wed 05-Dec-12 15:06:10

I think there is z big difference between learning about faiths and beliefs other than those from home. But in my contact with two catholic schools, that is most certainly not what happens there.

It is rc faith first. Which as a non catholic does not suit me at all. I'm sure it's fine for people who want a Catholic education for their child. I find it bewildering that people choose rc schools for discipline etc

squoosh Wed 05-Dec-12 15:41:25

Obviously it's Catholicism first, it's a Roman Catholic school!

Oblomov Wed 05-Dec-12 15:57:25

I am also still waiting to hear what job OP does and why she hasn't approached the RE teacher direct to get the teachers version of events.
It doesn't matter what the topic, be it purgatory, drugs, abortions or anything else, you don't want your child scared witless.

44SoStartingOver Wed 05-Dec-12 15:58:38

That was my point. If you don't want the rc faith to have priority, why choose a school that makes it priority?

Oblomov Wed 05-Dec-12 16:00:08

I too, love the discipline at ds's school. Catholic schools are reknown for it, so why would it be odd to choose a school based on that. It is one of the core values that matter to me: love, friendly, discipline, manners, good academically etc etc etc.

44SoStartingOver Wed 05-Dec-12 19:12:29

I just dont see that good discipline =rc, even if rc= is taken to mean good discipline

SomersetONeil Wed 05-Dec-12 20:27:09

"Catholic schools are reknown for it, so why would it be odd to choose a school based on that. It is one of the core values that matter to me: love, friendly, discipline, manners, good academically etc etc etc."

But surely it takes a special type of disingenuity to then have a problem with the religious teachings of the religious school you specifically chose for your children's education...

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