Teaching & Learning
The Catholic School is primarily a place for learning and teaching where students utilise opportunities to mature as educated citizens, to develop their academic, artistic, sporting and cultural pursuits, in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Education in a Catholic school seeks transformation of the whole person so that those in the school community are empowered to shape and enrich our world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives. Schools nurture and develop the faith of individuals in ways that are sensitive to their cultural and religious identity.
Religious Education in the contemporary Catholic School comprises two distinct but complementary dimensions –teaching people to be religious and teaching people religion
Teaching people to be religious is identified with the religious life of the school and is a faith development activity focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith growth of students.
Teaching people religion is an educational activity focused on the teaching and learning of religion and utilising a range of learning processes and resources. In a school, teaching religion occurs in a classroom setting or other structured learning environments. The aim of teaching religion to students in a school is to assist them in developing their religious literacy so that they may be better able to participate in a critical and effective way in the life of their own faith communities and in the wider society.
The Religion Curriculum
In its narrower sense, the Religion Curriculum is a particular area of learning within the school curriculum. This learning area explores the knowledge, attitudes and values, skills and behaviours necessary for thinking critically and acting responsibly in the light of the Christian interpretation of reality. The Religion Curriculum is designed in a sequential way that is sensitive to the learning needs of students.
When combined with a whole range of experiences in Catholic schools, homes, parishes and the wider community, the school religion program should also strengthen the faith of believers and encourage the development of Christian values. However, that is not its primary focus. Its purpose is to increase learners’ understanding of Catholicism in particular and religion in general so that they are able to participate effectively and critically within classroom, school, church and community contexts. In order for this to happen, the Religion Curriculum aims to enhance the ‘religious literacy’ of learners.
Additional information can be found via the following link for the Rockhampton Diocese Religious Education website http://rokreligiouseducation.com/
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 Curriculum and school Religion programs
- providing advice to key personnel such as Assistant Principals – Religious Education (APREs), Assistant Principals – Mission (APMission) and Heads of RE departments
- assisting teachers to gain and maintain their Accreditation to Teach Religion
- coordinating cohorts participating in the Post Graduate Certificate in Religious Education through CQUniversity
- 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 (BEd) at CQUniversity