Religious Education

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Learners carry diverse experiences, contexts and narratives into the religious education process.

A vision for Religious Education

A creative framework of dialogue, understanding and action needs to be constructed, leading students in a process of deep learning, evaluation and response to the mysteries of life, enlivened by the Holy Spirit.

The goal of this process is a deepened relationship with God, right relationships with others, a greater love of the Church, and empowerment to work to create a just world. It is a dance, as it were, an active interplay between life, culture and religion within the environment of a classroom.

Here students are invited to be engaged in the exploration and celebration of the Catholic story in all its richness and diversity through reflection, prayer and action for the good of others and their world.

The Landscape of Religious Education

Young people today are immersed in an Australian society that is increasingly pluralist and secular, one that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth.

Our society is both blessed and challenged by a growing diversity of cultures and faiths. This way of life brings much richness and blessing, but also brings challenges that impact on religious learning and on maintaining a living Catholic identity.

The challenge: How to engage students in making sense and meaning of this everyday life in the light of the teaching of the Catholic church and the traditions of the Catholic community?

Adult Faith Enrichment

Parents are the first educators in faith of their children. Therefore the continual development and enrichment of every parent's individual faith is encouraged and is highly commended.

Opportunities for participation in personal faith development are available for entire school communities where liturgy, sacramental programs and prayer is provided within the parish/school environment.  Parents are encouraged to participate in these opportunities when offered by their local school or parish. Read more about Adult Faith Enrichment.


The has been developed by Melbourne Ƶ Catholic Schools (Ƶ) to provide online educational support for teachers of Religious Education. This resource hub contains a wealth of information that is continually evolving to equip teachers with relevant, contemporary and engaging content aligned to the five content areas of the RE Curriculum.

RESource includes:

  • classroom content to support the five content areas: Church and Community; Scripture and Jesus; Prayer, Liturgy and Sacraments; God, Religion and Life and Morality and Justice
  • RE Curriculum resources, such as Scope and Sequences, Achievement Standards and the Learning Progression  
  • Designing for Learning tools, such as the Pedagogy of Encounter Diagram and Teacher Dialogue Tool
  • school resources, including the new Slavery Free materials.

Through RESource, teachers can feel supported in presenting the good news to their students, as well as assisting them to use online resources in both a purposeful and critical manner. As Pope John Paul II asserted, 'It is not enough to use the media simply to spread the Christian message and the Church’s authentic teaching. It is also necessary to integrate that message into the new culture created by modern communications'. RESource is an effort to do just that in the context of the Australian educational environment.


Consult the following website links which may assist in the renewal of your faith journey:

  •  – Weekly reflections from world renown Catholic spiritual writer
  •  – The online journal of the British Jesuits, material for those seeking something more informative/demanding
  • Consult the following website link for information about, and advice from, the  
  • Consult for online assistance with daily prayer.
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