The heart and energy of Mission has its source in God. Mission is what God does, through the church and in the world. In other words, it is not that God’s Church has a mission but rather that God’s mission has a church. 
​(Bevans, 2009)

The mission of any group of people is how God works through us to live out the vision. Ethos underpins it and the culture that grows reflects it. The culture of the Catholic school is the lived expression of its ethos. It expresses core beliefs, values, traditions, symbols and patterns of behaviour which provide meaning to the school community and which help to shape the lives of students, teachers and parents. It shapes our Catholic identity and determines the authentic continuity of mission and purpose.  ​

Key documents that inform the Vision, Mission and Ethos of Brisbane Catholic Education:

Archdioces​an Vision​​

The Archdiocesan Vision State​ment  – Jesus Communion Mission

As an educational mission of the local church, Catholic schools share in the vision and priorities of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Catholic educators and leaders:

  • embrace the person and vision of Jesus
  • build communion with God and others
  • engage in Christ’s mission in our world

Catholic Education Vision

The Brisbane Catholic Education Vision Statement

Embracing the Archdiocesan Vision of Jesus, Communion, Mission, each Catholic community, organisation and individual collaboratively engaged in the educational ministry of the Church in the Archdiocese of Brisbane is called to:​ TEACH, CHALLENGE, TRANSFORM


Defining Features of Brisbane 

Archdiocesan Catholic Schools

The Catholic school of the future in the Archdiocese of Brisbane will:
  1. promote the dynamic vision of God’s love manifest in the life and mission of Jesus Christ;
  2. recognise and nurture the spirituality of each person;
  3. be a place of quality learning and teaching;
  4. continue to act in partnership with families;
  5. provide an authentic experience of Catholic Christian community;
  6. be open to those who support its values;
  7. be experienced as a community of care.
(A report on the implementation of the Defining Features of Catholic schools in Queensland Dioceses, QCEC, November 2008)

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