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Religious Education Curriculum

Religious Education Curriculum

About Religious Education

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane use the Religious Education Archdiocese of Brisbane Curriculum, P-12 approved for use by Archbishop Coleridge in 2013 as the foundation for classroom teaching.

My hope is that the students of the Archdiocese of Brisbane will, through this curriculum, understand the Catholic faith more deeply but most importantly enter into a profound personal encounter with Christ, crucified and risen, for this is the heart of Christianity. (Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, p.4 Religious Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane Curriculum, P-12)

This Curriculum was developed after an extensive period of consultation and dialogue.  Every Catholic school in the archdiocese will have their school program based upon this Curriculum, which will occur through a process called validation. The Religious Education Curriculum P-12, has strong connections with significant Church documents, notably the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Vatican documents on education and schooling.  

Brisbane Catholic Education is delegated by the Archbishop to support Catholic and Ecumenical schools. The Religious Education Services Team of Brisbane Catholic Education offers on-going professional learning and formation for Religious educators in schools.


Vision for Religious Education

In the Archdiocese of Brisbane we have the following vision statement for Religious Education in Catholic schools.

The schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane aspire to educate and form 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. (p10. Religious Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane Curriculum, P-12)

The Vision for Religious Education challenges students to be a religious voice in the world. The Vision gives greater prominence and a renewed orientation to the critical interpretation and evaluation of culture. Through vibrant and engaging Religious Education, students become active constructors of culture rather than passive consumers. In this way, students are challenged to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.

Religious Education seeks to develop the religious literacy of students in light of the Catholic Christian tradition, so that they might participate critically and authentically in contemporary culture. Students become religiously literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently in and for faith contexts and the wider society.


Model for Religious Education

Since 2008, the distinct and complementary nature of both dimensions of Religious Education has been ​conceptualised in the following Model for Religious Education.

In the schools and colleges of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious draw upon the Catholic Christian tradition in ways that are mindful of local contexts and the ecumenical and multi-faith realities of contemporary culture.

Religious Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane P-12

The Religious Education Curriculum refers to the document, Religious Education Curriculum, Archdiocese of Brisbane (2013) which has been promulgated for use by the Archbishop of Brisbane in all Archdiocesan school. It is the authoritive source document for both the Religion Curriculum P-12 and the Religious Life of the School P-12.


Structure of the Religion Curriculum P-12​

The content of the Religion Curriculum P-12 is organised into four interrelated strands: Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life. Each strand has its own distinctive body of knowledge. Planning for the classroom learning and teaching of religion should balance and integrate all four strands.


Structure of the Religious Life of the School P-12

The Religious Life of the School P-12 comprises four interrelated components: Religious Identity and Culture; Evangelisation and Faith Formation; Prayer and Worship; and Social Action and Justice. Each of these components, while mutually reinforcing, provides a significant focus on a distinctive aspect of the religious life of the school. Each component is further sub-divided into three elements as the graphic organiser below indicates:​


For further information regarding the Religious Education Curriculum P-12
please visit the Religious Education Portal

Contacts:  Religious Education Services Team
Phone: 3033 7771

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