“It is from its Catholic identity that the school derives its original characteristics and its ‘structure’ as a genuine place of real and specific pastoral ministry. The Catholic school participates in the evangelising mission of the Church and is a privileged environment in which Christian education is carried out.”
(The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, 11)
The formation of staff directly impacts the ethos and culture of the school environment, giving shape and life to relationships in the classroom, in the staffroom and in the wider parent, parish and local community. This impact, while real and rich, is in itself often outside quantitative measurement. However, it is reflected in what staff plan for, do and give their energies to make the life of the school resonant with an authentic Catholic Christian vision and values centred on Christ.
The Religious Life of the School P-12 provides a ‘map’ to identify this impact, and to
continue to review and plan in ways that enhance the Catholic identity and
spiritual heart of the school community.
Making links with the Guidelines for the Religious Life of the School
The formation of staff for mission through the Catching
Fire initiatives directly impacts on the lived expression of the religious
life of the school. Following immersion in the programs, staff use the ideas
and professional contacts provided to further support their communities.
school’s religious identity and culture.
- creating prayer gardens and reflection spaces
in the school
- developing artwork and installations around the
school environment to give expression to ta contemporary Catholic
- ensuring each classroom has a cross and prayer
- developing the charism of the founding story of the
school for the whole school community
Developing faith formation opportunities for students, families and
- Instigating retreat experiences for students.
- Leading prayer formation sessions for staff.
- Leading staff retreat days to commence the
- The provision of twilight sessions for parents
to understand the founding story and charism of the school into the
Enrich the prayer and worship life of the school community
- setting up staff a prayer space.
- Encouraging staff attendance and active
participation in staff prayer.
- The take-up of systemic prayer resources.
- The adaptation of prayer resources for class
Engage the community in social justice activities and service learning
- the instigation by principals in organising an
opportunity for a street retreat for staff and parents
- making contact with local Catholic outreach
organisations to link parish and school and extend structured appropriate
opportunities for students.
- through St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies)
- through the Romero Centre
- through Micah projects
- through Caritas
See also: Religious Life of the School resources