Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton is committed to high quality teaching and learning for 17500 students who are enrolled in Kindergartens, Pre- Prep Centres, Catholic Primary Schools and Colleges from Bundaberg to Mackay and west to Longreach.
Catholic Education is a Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton, from which it derives its purpose and meaning. Catholic Education plays an essential role in the Church’s mission, to live the challenge of the Gospel and to be welcoming and inclusive of all.
The Mission of Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton is encapsulated in the following statement:
Inspired by the person and teaching of Jesus Christ. We serve the communities of the Diocese of Rockhampton, by providing:
- Life-long faith education
- Religious education
- Relevant, holistic, quality education to assist all in their search for meaning for life
The Catholic School is primarily a place for learning and teaching where students utilise opportunities to mature as educated citizens, to develop their academic, artistic, sporting and cultural pursuits, in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Education in a Catholic school seeks transformation of the whole person so that those in the school community are empowered to shape and enrich our world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives. Schools nurture and develop the faith of individuals in ways that are sensitive to their cultural and religious identity.
Religious Education in the contemporary Catholic School comprises two distinct but complementary dimensions –teaching people to be religious and teaching people religion
- Teaching people to be religious is identified with the religious life of the school and is a faith development activity focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith growth of students.
- Teaching people religion is an educational activity focused on the teaching and learning of religion and utilising a range of learning processes and resources. In a school, teaching religion occurs in a classroom setting or other structured learning environments. The aim of teaching religion to students in a school is to assist them in developing their religious literacy so that they may be better able to participate in a critical and effective way in the life of their own faith communities and in the wider society.