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Catholic Identity


​What is our vision for a Strong Catholic identity?

Catholic Identity intersects faith, life and culture to offer all students lifelong meaning and purpose. We aspire to strengthen capacity to lead, engage and teach with a re-contextualised Catholic worldview that permeates all structures, processes, relationships and learning and teaching contexts.

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Our four key dimensions:

ensure that we remain Christ-centred while encouraging a diversity of authentic expression. We will strengthen our Catholic identity through a Strong Catholic Identity Strategy into the future.


The Culture in each of our schools and colleges is a lived expression of each school’s ethos. Through internal and external relationships, policy, practice and ritual, our schools express core beliefs, values and traditions that shape the lives of all in our communities.

Our Catholic identity’s culture is strengthened when school, home and parish work in partnership to integrate faith, life and culture. We can enhance our connection by ongoing reflection which facilitates our contemporary cultural context (recontextualization).

There is a shared language and common understanding around Catholic identity and Culture in our schools and nurture authentic expressions of Catholic identity.

Brisbane Catholic Education Polices and processes about our student and staff wellbeing reflect our Catholic Identity and Culture. Our schools also promote sustainable environmental practices into their organisational structure and processes as part of this same culture.

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Spiritual and theological formation strives to meet the needs for a contemporary response that honours both the rich tradition and ecclesial responsibilities; as well as the individual’s need in the contemporary context for authentic meaning making. It is closely aligned with our BCE Leadership Framework.

Formation in the Catholic Christian tradition is a dynamic process of growth, so we have identified authentic staff and student formation as the critical factor in the continuing mission integrity of Catholic Education building on our work already in evidence across our BCE community.

The formation 'curriculum’ is based on an approach to learning that understands spiritual and theological formation as holistic, enlivened by engagement with multiple learning strategies and most effective when priority is given to the experiential dimension.

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Learning & Teaching

The Vision for Religious Education emphasises the complementarity of the two dimensions of Religious Education: teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious in a particular way.

It articulates our schools’ aspirations for our students in terms of their religious literacy and faith formation.

Our schools and colleges in the Archdiocese of Brisbane aspire to educate and form our students who are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and who are literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society. We educate our students to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.

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Our mission is to integrate faith, life and culture through teaching to challenge and transform the world through every aspect of our ministry. Our mission mindset must be imaginative, intuitive and future oriented while remaining faithful to the inclusivity of the Catholic tradition.

Our system has developed a shared language and common understanding around Catholic school identity and mission. Our schools have a vision and mission statement that is aligned with the BCE and Archdiocesan Mission and Vision statements. It influences the policies, procedures and actions within our schools. Our current and aspiring leaders utilise leadership and formation programs to build mission leadership capacity.

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Brisbane Catholic Education Office

243 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park Q 4102

GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

Fax: (07) 3844 5101