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Religious Education

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Our Vision for Religious Education

St Luke’s Catholic Parish School shares and promotes the Vision for Religious Education articulated by Brisbane Catholic Education and the wider church.  This vision includes the two dimensions of formation- namely, of students’ religious literacy and their personal faith:

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 also appropriately aligns with the goal for learning and teaching as articulated in the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) Learning and Teaching Framework (2012):

As a Catholic Christian community 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.

Religious Education at St Luke’s Catholic Parish School 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.

In this school, religious literacy includes ways of talking, acting, creating, communicating, critiquing, evaluating, participating, ritualising, theologising, worshipping, reading, reflecting, and writing with others in a variety of religious and secular contexts.

Jesus Christ is always the centre of this Vision. 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.​​

​More information on BCE’s vision for Religious Education can be found here. Our school motto ‘Christ in our Living’ closely aligns with this vision.

The “Faith Education Guidelines” link the family faith life and the faith life of the parish to classroom catechesis. The child lives his or her faith within the family, learns his/her faith in the school, and celebrates his/her faith in the parish. These three aspects of a child’s faith life cannot be separated. Each aspect compliments the other in the overall faith development of the child.

Liturgy, prayer and sacrament are vital aspects of the faith life of St Luke’s Catholic Parish School. All children from Prep to Year 6 are expected to be involved in class prayers, assemblies and liturgical celebrations.

We recognise faith development as a lifelong process acknowledging the importance of primary school education in building on the foundations of faith nurtured in the home, and celebrated in the parish.

We aim to develop in the child a love of liturgy and prayer, knowledge and love of their faith and the development of a personal relationship with God the Creator, God the Saviour and God the Giver of Life.

St Luke's School supports the St Luke’s Parish sacramental program is based on the Brisbane Archdiocesan Sacramental guidelines. The Parish Sacramental Team works closely with families who prepare their own children for the first reception of Sacraments. Whilst the school does not specifically prepare children for their first reception of the sacraments, it is committed to on-going sacramental catechesis. Children are taught through the school’s religious education curriculum, about all 7 formal sacraments. The specifics taught spiral in difficulty building on and expanding concepts according to the developmental level of the children.​​​​​