Religious Education Program

St Finbarr's School shares and promotes the Vision for Religious Education articulated by Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) 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 share and enrich our world.

The Vision for Religious Education challenges 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 Finbarr's 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. Religious literacy includes ways of talking, acting, creating, communicating, reading, evaluating, participating, ritualising, theologising, worshipping, reading, reflecting, and writing with others in a variety of religious and secular contexts. 

The integration of both dimensions in the daily life of our school includes: prayer in the morning line-up to start the day, Grace prayers, The Angelus at noon and prayers to end the day. It also includes: fortnightly prayer assembly, class and family masses and the timetabling of the mandatory hours of classroom based engagement with the Religious curriculum at the school.

Jesus Christ is always the centre of our Vision. Through engagement with both dimension 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.