True to the mission of the Church, learning in a Catholic school seeks out the good in every person. A sense of who I am and how I can be in the world is nurtured in an environment of trust and intellectual inquiry, inspired by points of contact with the Catholic faith as a way of clarifying the important questions and issues that arise for teachers and students. Teachers and leaders in a Catholic school acknowledge a sacred aspect to teaching and learning across all disciplines in the school curriculum, finding God at work in the forming and transforming power of dialogue that is essential to learning. This approach opens moments of encounter where the human spirit is turned around or led out to meet a wider horizon or ultimate concern, moments of encounter with:
• the Word of God, whose Spirit moves and transforms
• a faith community that celebrates and lives out the ongoing presence of Christ in the world
• diverse views that shake and shift perspective • creation that inspires awe and wonder
• culture in all its many life-giving and rich forms
• the other who calls for a response of love and compassion
• a sometimes unjust world wherein God’s call to act for justice, love and joy may be heard.
Learning as encounter is a dialogical, relational and optimistic pedagogy, one that opens up horizons of hope for the future for the individual learner, their school, the Church and the wider community
Parents, students and staff work together as witnesses to the Good News in the way they shape the school community and enact a vision of the Kingdom of God. Here students are supported to grow, enlightened by faith, animated by love and leading to hope.
Religious Education as a particular curriculum area is critical to education in a Catholic school. It deliberately attends to the spiritual development of each person, acknowledging and celebrating the Holy Spirit at work, inviting relationship with God and a Christ-like stance towards others. At the same time it is a disciplined process of ‘faith seeking understanding’, where the questions of God, beliefs and life are articulated and explored in dialogue with the Catholic Tradition to develop students’ faith lives and stimulate a search for meaning and truth. It is interpretative by nature and deepens learning when students are invited to explore crosscurricular connections.