“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 o​n 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.

For example:

Animating their s​chool’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 Christian identity
  • ensuring each classroom has a cross and prayer resources
  • developing  the charism of the founding story of the school for the whole school community 

 

Developing faith formation opportunities for students, families and other staff.

  • Instigating retreat experiences for students.
  • Leading prayer formation sessions for staff.
  • Leading staff retreat days to commence the school year.
  • The provision of twilight sessions for parents to understand the founding story and charism of the school into the present time.


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 room use.

 

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
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