Religious Education is at the centre of both the formal and informal interactions of our school community. St Mary’s School has a visible Catholic symbolic culture and active sacramental and liturgical practices. The values, ideals and challenges of the Gospel are unpacked and shared within our school community. The expression in our curriculum and ethos of our school celebrate the rich traditions of the Catholic Church.
St Mary’s School share the vision, dedication, hard work and commitment of the whole of our Catholic community. Being a part of the St Mary of the Archangel Parish, we are blessed to sit in the shadows of our inspiring Basilica which adds to the identity of our school. The Catholic Identity of St Mary’s school defines who we are and what we value as a community. Our identity is more than the rich symbolism we see in our school grounds, it is in the very fabric of our culture. The way we encounter each other, our community and the wider world. Whilst we promote our Catholic Faith, we are also aware of the many faiths around the world. We inspire to be a ‘Dialogue school’ that welcomes contemplation, wonderings and richer learning opportunities from all faiths, people and their beliefs. Our school strives to be a guide for our students’ personal growth, falling back on our Christian inspiration, through a dialogue between different philosophies of life.
This Religious Education Curriculum Framework defines our learning program at St Mary’s school. It describes the learning and teaching in Religious Education for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The framework sits within the context of the Education Framework for the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Horizons of Hope. The ecclesial mission of the Catholic school is the foundation for Religious Education and the core work of Catholic educators:
Catholic schools were founded to proclaim Jesus’ message of God’s love for all. Our Catholic faith calls us to embrace the contemporary world with a Catholic imagination, and a particular hope-filled view of the human person and all of creation. Catholic educators invite students to make sense of their world and their lives within a faith community that is faithful to the mission of Jesus (Horizons of Hope: Context 2016, p. 9).