Teaching & Learning

Overview

In Catholic schools, curriculum reflects a Christian view of the person and of society. Catholic educators recognise that parents are their children’s first and foremost teachers. Working in partnership with parents, teachers in Catholic schools strive to provide all students with a “relevant and holistic curriculum”; a curriculum which enhances the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, intellectual, moral and cultural life of each student.

Religion is one of the Learning Areas in Diocesan Catholic schools and colleges. Teaching about Religion is intended to enhance learners’ knowledge and understanding of Catholicism in particular and religion in general, so that they are able to participate effectively and critically in a variety of settings from the classroom to the parish and in the wider community. The Religion program in Catholic schools and colleges is complemented by a whole range of experiences that nurture a religious way of living.

Members of the Religious Education Team at the Diocesan Catholic Education Office, under the leadership of the Assistant to the Director: Mission, support Catholic schools and colleges by:

  • assisting with the development, implementation and review of the Diocesan Religion syllabus and school Religion programs
  • providing advice to key personnel such as Assistant Principals – Religious Education (APREs) and Heads of Religious Education departments
  • assisting teachers to gain and maintain their Accreditation to Teach Religion
  • providing leadership in the area of Religious Education and staff formation
  • offering assistance in the area of personal and social development education
  • purchasing resources that can be loaned to schools and colleges
  • assisting students to complete their Religion units as part of the Bachelor of Education at CQ University

Members of the Curriculum Support Team at the Diocesan Catholic Education Office, under the leadership of the Assistant Director: Curriculum, support Catholic schools and colleges by:

  • Guiding the development and implementation of school based Teaching and Learning Frameworks.
  • Providing advice to key personnel such as Principals, AP: Curriculum, School Curriculum Officers and Learning Support Teachers.
  • Establishing and maintaining:
    • ACARA and QCAA senior syllabuses
    • Data processing
    • leadership in the area of staff professional development in curriculum
    • School library Services
    • Integration of ICT into class programs
    • advice on current strategies to school staff and parents in relation to individual program for students with disabilities as well as learners with additional and/or specific needs
    • Whole school approaches to education for sustainable futures
    • Effective learning and learning practices and well being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander students in partnership with their families
    • Vocational Education and Training processes in secondary colleges