2015 was the year gazetted for the commencement of the implementation of the New Religious Education Curriculum at St Andrew’s Catholic College. The Vision behind the New Religious Education Curriculum is one that emphasises the complementarity of the two dimensions of; religious literacy and faith formation. With the vision for the New Curriculum beginning with “the end in mind”; 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.”
To achieve this, the “Old” Curriculum has been significantly reviewed and modified in both content and structure; requiring a commitment to extensive rewriting within each learning institution. Some of the more significant changes evidenced within the New Religious Education Curriculum are:
- A greater emphasis on student understanding of the three worlds of the Gospel; behind the text, in the text and in front of the text.
- A greater focus on student understanding of the three Monotheistic traditions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
- A priority placed on sequential and comprehensive student study of explicit scriptures set out from Prep to Year 10.
- And, a sequential and comprehensive study of modalities of prayer, explicitly set out from Prep to Year 10.
These key structural reforms have meant that students are guaranteed a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of the Sacred Texts and their links to religious traditions and practices in the world. This comprehensive, sequential curriculum has required specific staff professional development and considerable effort in rewriting the St Andrew’s Catholic College Religious Education program.