Religious Education in the schools of the Townsville Catholic Diocese comprise two distinct but complementary dimensions; the classroom teaching and learning of Religion (Religion Curriculum P-12), and the religious life of the school (Religious Life of the School P-12).
Teaching religion is an educational activity focused on the teaching and learning of religion. Content for the classroom teaching and learning of religion is organised around four strands with three sub-strands for each. The strands and sub-strands are:
- Sacred Texts (Old Testament; New Testament; Spiritual Writings and Wisdom)
- Beliefs (God, Jesus, Spirit; Human Existence; Religions of the World)
- Church (Liturgy and Sacraments; Communion and Community; Church History)
- Christian Life (Moral Formation; Mission and Service; Prayer and Spirituality)
Teaching people to be religious is identified with the religious life of the school and is a faith development activity focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith growth of students. The structure of the Religious Life of the School source document includes four components and three elements for each. They are:
- Religious Identity and Culture (Ethos and Charism; Authentic Christian Community; Sense of the Sacred)
- Prayer and Worship (Christian Prayer; Celebrating Liturgy and Sacraments; Ritualising Everyday Life)
- Evangelisation and Faith Formation (Living the Gospel; Spiritual Formation; Witness to the Wider Community)
- Social Action and Justice (Justice in the School Community; Action for Justice; Reflection on Action for Justice)
Prayer and Liturgy
All the major expressions of prayer are looked at across P-12 (Prayer scope and sequence) and opportunities are provided by the school for individual and communal prayer and reflection. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2721)
Christian Meditation is an integral part of the prayer life of teachers and students in schools throughout the Diocese of Townsville. The accompanying website outlines the details of this prayer. www.cominghome.org.au
The experiential aspect of religious education is a vital part of classroom religious education. Students are invited to participate in liturgy and to reflect on their faith responses to classroom learning activities.