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Catholic schools are called to be real and living expressions of the church’s pastoral mission in the world.  As centres of ‘the New Evangelisation’ they proclaim and give witness to a living encounter with Christ.  Catholic schools nurture students in their lifelong journey in faith and help them develop as mature educated citizens empowered to shape and enrich the world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.

As an integral expression of Church, schools have the opportunity to support students and their families in connecting with the Catholic Christian tradition and accessing the richness of its spiritual heritage.  Through quality Religious Education, rich experiences of prayer and celebration, engagement in social action and justice, students are supported in developing their relationship with God and responding to the experience and action of God in their own lives.

Religious Education is a lifelong process. Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children and the family is generally the first place where children come to Christian faith.  Catholic Schools provide Religious Education to nourish and develop the faith of students in partnership with the family, parish and local community.  Within the contemporary Catholic school the task of Religious Education has two distinct but complementary dimensions:  a) teaching students religion – focused on developing religious literacy and building the capacity of students to participate in a critical and effective way in the life of the church community and of the wider society; and b) teaching students to be religious, focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith development of students.

The Religious Education Curriculum is a joint collaboration between the Dioceses of Wollongong, Armidale and Lismore and the Archdiocese of Sydney. It contributes to the catechetical and evangelising mission of the Church and exists to enable young people to understand, appreciate and celebrate the richness of the Catholic Tradition. The Religious Education curriculum enables young people to see and respond to God in their lives supporting them in their lifelong journey in faith.

The Religious Education curriculum stimulates and challenges students in their understanding of Scripture and Tradition, their engagement with symbol and ritual, and their ability to engage in critical thinking and moral reasoning.

The richness of the tradition of Catholic faith and culture and the best of contemporary pedagogies come together in the Religious Education curriculum which is supported by the To Know, Worship and Love books and resources.

The Religious Education Curriculum through the seasons of the Liturgical Year,
aims to assist students to Reflect upon, Make sense of, Celebrate, Live more deeply.
The mystery of Christ revealed in each person, And in relationship with others, The Church, and Creation.

The Emmaus story (Luke 24:13-35) is central to the Religious Education Curriculum. In the story four movements can be discerned. These movements are part of a dynamic process, which assists students to make sense of their experience in the light of revelation.