Schools have faith in new curriculum

Students trial the new approach to learning about faith at St Joseph’s Primary Schofields (Catholic Outlook/Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta)

Catholic schools across western Sydney are changing the way students learn about faith, with a new curriculum based on the big questions students themselves ask about life, identity and belonging. Source: Catholic Outlook.

The NSW Education Standards Authority has endorsed this bold new approach, which is an important milestone on the journey towards implementation of a new religious education curriculum for students across Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s 80 schools.

The draft new curriculum is a response to the “signs of the times” as well as the needs of local students and school communities. The final version of the new curriculum will be launched in Term 2, 2021.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta executive director Greg Whitby said he had confidence in this up-to-date approach to learning and teaching.

“We’ll meet students and their families where they are, give them a voice and empower them to explore faith through participation and dialogue,” Mr Whitby said.

This new approach aims to nurture young people so they might help to build a more compassionate and caring society through being thoughtful, intelligent, reasonable and responsible.

It also recognises that Catholic schools welcome many students of different faiths. “Ours are not schools that provide education for Catholics only but Catholic education for all,” Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. said.

Catholic Education Parramatta’s new mission director Monica Officer said: “We’re aiming to educate the whole person and empower our young people to discover a full and meaningful life. It is a call to action to use their learning to make a difference in the lives of others.”


Catholic schools across Western Sydney are changing the way students learn about faith (Catholic Outlook)

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