The Defining Features of Catholic Schools in the 21st Century
The defining features communicate clearly what we believe is at the heart of Catholic education and give direction and guidance to those whose daily interactions with others bring to life the vision of an authentic Catholic school as living out the Gospel message:
Give witness to the message of Jesus and the mission of the Church
Have a clear Catholic identity
Be communities of care
Offer a relevant and holistic curriculum of quality teaching and learning
Be open and accessible to all who seek their values
Be characterized by inclusive partnerships within a community of faith
Catholic schools have a special and vital role in the Church's mission in education; through providing a learning environment that is spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging and emotionally caring. Catholic school communities will continue to provide support to lifelong learners so that they will be able and willing to envision and contribute to the creation of a just, equitable and compassionate world
Religious Education at St Brigid’s
The aim of Religious Education at St Brigid’s is to “develop students’ knowledge and understandings of Christianity in the light of Jesus and the Gospel, and its unfolding story and diversity within contemporary Australian and global society. It expands students’ spiritual awareness and religious identity, fostering their capacities and skills of discerning, interpreting, thinking critically, seeking truth and making meaning. It challenges and inspires their service to others and engagement in the Church and the world.”
NCEC Framing Paper for Religious Education 2017 p. 7
The Religious Education curriculum has been developed by the Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton. All St Brigid’s students participate in Religious Education lessons daily.
"I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all."
Religious Life at St Brigid's
Liturgies and Masses
All students participate in monthly masses at the school, masses at St Patrick’s Church once a term and liturgies throughout the year. St Brigid’s staff and students also volunteer at a weekend mass once a term.
Making Jesus Real
The MJR series is a set of values-based learning resources that link faith and spirituality with the practicality of everyday life.
Make Jesus Real, 2020
MJR is not a program, it's a way of life.
At St Brigid's, MJR is delivered weekly as a 30 minute lesson on a Wednesday (12.25pm-12.55pm). Usually a theme is chosen for the term and lessons are prepared by the APRE. Students are divided into family groups that are vertically structured (P-6) and put with a teacher for year. Lessons could include discussions, role plays, craft, minor games or other activities.
MJR is also embedded in our school rules.
MJR brings " the Catholic faith to life for your students by showing them how to live it every day. Give them all the tools they need feel the Spirit of Jesus each day and find the God Moments that are always happening around them".
Make Jesus Real, 2020
Students in Year 4 and above are invited to participate in the Sacramental Program as part of St Patrick’s Parish.
St Brigid’s raises awareness and funds for Caritas, Catholic Mission and our local community groups such as the Neighbourhood Center.