Vision for Religious Education
St Agnes Catholic Primary School shares and promotes the Vision for Religious Education articulated by Brisbane Catholic Education and the wider church. This vision is:
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.
The Vision for Religious Education appropriately aligns with the goal for learning and teaching as articulated in the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) Learning and Teaching Framework.
As a Catholic Christian community founded in the Josephite tradition, we educate all to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners empowered to shape and enrich our world.
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 at St Agnes 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. Jesus Christ is always the centre of this Vision
The Vision for Religious Education emphasises the complementarity of the two dimensions of Religious Education: teaching people religion and teaching people to be religious in a particular way. Through engagement with both dimensions of Religious Education, students are challenged to be cultural agents in light of the Gospel; authentic witnesses to the mission of Jesus Christ in the world today. 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.
The first dimension, most commonly referred to as the classroom teaching of religion, is focused on Religious Education as an educational activity. As one of our Key Learning Areas, Religious Education is based on an outcomes approach, emphasising the educational alignment between this learning area and all the others in the Australian Curriculum.
The organisation of the Religion Curriculum P-12 includes a number of features: Year Level Descriptions; Content Descriptions; Achievement Standards; Content Elaborations; General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities.
The content of the Religion Curriculum has been organised into four interrelated strands: Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Church and Christian Life. Planning for the classroom learning and teaching of religion balances and integrates all four strands as demonstrated through the School Scope and Sequence.
Religious Life of the School
The Religious Life of the School is focused on the second dimension of Religious Education, commonly referred to as “teaching people to be religious in a particular way” (Moran, 1991).
The St Agnes community is enhanced by the strength of the religious life of the school. Students, staff and parents are provided with a variety of opportunities to engage in the four interrelated components that comprise the Religious Life of the School. This includes the community gathering for prayer each morning, rich and meaningful formation experiences, special liturgies and celebrations of the Eucharist.
Students at St Agnes are inspired by Mary Mackillop’s words “never see a need without doing something about it” and are consistently engaged in student-led social action and justice initiatives to support organisations such as Caritas Australia, Catholic Mission, Operation Christmas Child, St Vincent DePaul and a variety of other meaningful causes.
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:
Opportunities for St Agnes students to prepare and receive the sacraments of Confirmation, First Eucharist and Reconciliation are provided by the Holland Park Mt Gravatt Parish each year. If you would like to enrol your child in the sacramental program please call the Parish Office on 3349 2280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org