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.