Draft of new curriculum set for release

Primary school students attend a Catholic Youth Parramatta and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta event in 2019 (Parramatta Diocese/Mary Brazell)

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta will next month publicly release an updated version of its draft religious education curriculum for the diocese’s Catholic schools. Source: Catholic Outlook.

Catholic Education said it welcomed the strong interest in its Draft New Curriculum for Religious Education and, in response, would make available an updated version in early October for those who wish to read it.

Relieving executive director Christine Howe invited the Parramatta community to learn more about how the curriculum is “about sharing our Catholic faith with children and young people in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains”.

“I thank all involved for their commitment to finding the best ways to help form our children, young people and staff in our Catholic faith,” Ms Howe said. “Your feedback is important.”

Faithful to Catholic Teaching, traditions and values, the draft curriculum is the result of work with the Diocese of Parramatta, members of the clergy, parents and carers, teachers and schools over several years.

The religious education curriculum is designed to be age-appropriate for children and young people and aims to develop attentive, intelligent, reasonable and responsible young people and respecting the dignity of every student.

Catholic Education said the curriculum was an up-to-date approach to religious education, using Catholic teaching to help students “answer the questions they are asking about faith and life so that they can understand and demonstrate these Catholic beliefs and values in their lives, every day”


Draft New RE Curriculum Update: Draft to be shared (Catholic Outlook)


Bold new approach to Religious Education approved for study (Catholic Outlook)

Catholic kids to study atheism, gender identities as part of religious education shakeup (The Daily Telegraph

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