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Religious Education Program 2015.pdf



In Catholic Schools, it is believed there are two components to Religion.  There is the Religious Education and there is the Religious Life of the School. 
The Religious Education component outlines the mandated expectations for all students with the Brisbane Catholic Education sector and has been approved by Archbishop Coleridge.  Each Year level has detailed unit plans that address all content descriptors. 
 The Vision for Religious Education appropriately aligns with the goal for learning and teaching as articulated in the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) Learning and Teaching Framework (2012):
As a Catholic Christian community, we educate all to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.
The Vision for Religious Education challenges students to be a religious voice in the world. The Vision gives greater prominence and a renewed orientation to the critical interpretation and evaluation of culture. Through vibrant and engaging Religious Education, students become active constructors of culture rather than passive consumers. In this way, students are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives. Pope John Paul II (1984) reminds Catholic schools to:
Develop your culture with wisdom. Ask culture what values it promotes, what destiny it offers, what place it makes for the poor and the disinherited, how it conceives of sharing, forgiveness, love.
Religious Education seeks to develop the religious literacy of students in light of the Catholic Christian tradition, so that they might participate critically and authentically in contemporary culture. Students become religiously literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently in and for faith contexts and the wider society.
The Religious Life of the School encompasses the second dimension of Religious Education, commonly referred to as “teaching people to be religious in a particular way” (Moran, 1991). 
The Religious Life of the School P-12 comprises four interrelated components: Religious Identity and Culture; Evangelisation and Faith Formation; Prayer and Worship; and Social Action and Justice. Each of these components, while mutually reinforcing, provides a significant focus on a distinctive aspect of the religious life of the school.   The school provides time for the students to come together as a class and as a whole school during Liturgies, Masses and Prayer Assemblies.  Parents are actively encouraged to join their children at each of these prayer opportunities. We also offer opportunities outside of class time such as Stewardship Group or Prayer Group for the students to come along in their own time to share their talents in order to benefit others through fundraising events or prayer.  The parish also runs a Friday evening opportunity for students from Year 4-6 to gather to share their time, talent and treasures and this may include trivia nights, art classes and so on.