The Vision for Religious Education, as stated in the Religious Education Curriculum of Brisbane Catholic Education, gives voice to what our hopes for our students at St Joseph's Bardon in terms of their religious literacy and faith formation.
Religious Education consists of two distinct but complementary dimensions, namely an educational dimension and a faith formation dimension. The first dimension, most commonly referred to as the classroom teaching and learning of religion, is focused on Religious Education as an educational activity. It utilizes a range of teaching and learning processes and resources.
The second dimension, faith formation, is reflected in the religious life of the school, family and parish. The educational dimension and the faith formation dimension are inextricably linked. The classroom teaching of religion is one element in a complex web of experiences that have the potential to nurture the faith life of young people.
All classroom teachers are working from the Brisbane Catholic Education Religious Education Syllabus and Curriculum documents. Religious Education aims to "develop students' religious literacy in the light of the Catholic tradition, so that they may participate critically and effectively in the light of their faith communities and wider society" (A Syllabus for Religious Education for Catholic Schools).
The Religion Curriculum involves four strands. Theses strands are interrelated and taught with an integrated approach appropriate to the learning contexts of the class.
At St Joseph's Bardon it is a requirement that a minimum of 2.5 hours per week of religion teaching is provided. This time is allocated in the way that best meets the needs of our students.
The Religious Life of the School also comprises four interrelated components:
Each of these components, while mutually reinforcing, provides a significant focus on a distinctive aspect of the religious life of our school and compliments the teaching of religion within classroom. Of particular interest for St Joseph’s students, staff, parents and Parish community is the focus placed on the life of St Francis and St Joseph. By sharing in their stories our students and their families are encouraged to be people of Humility, Care and Respect. Our commitment to responding to the Christian call defines our school, provides the framework for our responses to what happens in the wider community and the way we go about being members of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.