All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 participate in religious education classes, prayer, liturgies and retreat or reflection day experiences as an integral part of their learning in Catholic Schools.
Religious Education refers to the twofold purpose of education in Faith and Education in Religious Knowledge. The classroom teaching and learning environment upholds the principles of other key learning areas where quality teaching and learning is the focus, and knowledge about the Catholic faith is supported by current methods and quality resources.
The Religious environment of the school provides a suitable climate to support the faith formation of the students through regular prayer and liturgies marking key seasons in the Church calendar, along with key feasts and saints days. The spirituality and faith formation of the students is also supported by retreat and reflection day experiences providing opportunities "for catechesis as essential moments in the process of evangelisation." (General Directory for Catechesis, 63)
The religious education program links with faith formation programs and opportunities allowing students to engage in their local parish through exposure to the sacramental life of the Church.
Please find below general resources that may be used in part for religious education and pastoral care in schools:
- Guidelines for Pastoral Care in Catholic Schools
- Towards Wholeness K-6: A Catholic Perspective on Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Towards Wholeness 7-10: A Catholic Perspective on Personal Development, Health and Physical Education