The heart of the Catholic School Ryan Bowden
The heart of the Catholic School
Spirituality: The world of Children today.
'grows' the seed
to map out
the path to follow
the inner journey
What is life about?
Why am I here?
Can I cope with this?
Who am I?
How do I find happiness?
Spirituality: The Human Person
Challenges: implementing a vision.
God, religion and religious people are seen as irrelevant
Live in an affluent society.
Families choose Catholic schools
Although they have little experience of Church life.
Culture where faith and life are divided.
Surrounded by materialistic and individualised attitudes.
Spirituality: Religious Development
All of life
The Catholic School Community
Why Catholic Schools?
To be models in genuine communities.
To offer educational house.
To foster a mentality in society.
To support parents in their child's development.
To be places of evangelisation.
Members of the Catholic School community.
Teachers Choice: Catholic Schools
A love of teaching.
Quality of educators in the school.
Religious nature of the School.
Parents Choice: Catholic Schools
Quality of Teachers
Quality of of Education
Religious Character of the School.
A paid position of regular employment.
'Just a job'
Something that pays the bills.
Ongoing Professional Learning.
Specialised knowledge and skills.
Collaboration with other professionals.
Appropriate and equitable salary for high-quality service.
A career path with identifiable steps.
Registration with a professional body.
Formation and training in Education and Curriculum.
Each person is unique, having the God-given vocation to contribute to God's creative activity in the world today.
Each of us have a multitude of gifts by God.
We are called to by God to use these gifts to enrich humanity.
Vocation refers to the latin word: 'to call'.
A strong feeling suitability for certain career or occupation.
Good Teachers make a good school under the leadership of caring and competent principal.
Teachers are called to nurture their students in discovering their life-calling from God.
A source of great happiness.
Called to perform a special service within the Church
Teachers are 'people makers' not 'profit makers'
Called to goodness through their behaviour and relationships within a school.
The Work of Women in the Church -
'Schools are just big families'
Says Mercedes College Principal
Religious Education: 'Same as; or Different from?'
Nurturing Spiritual and Religious Development
Faith in Education
Prayer and Ritual
As a Learning Area
The Human quest for God.
Creation: God's Plan
Growing in God's Image
Achieving emotional peace.
Searching for truth.
Growing stronger spiritually
Seeking love, and sexuality.
Lent / Easter
Nativity Story - Christmas
Discovering God's plan for us
Searching for Freedom
God's Spirit at work in our lives.
Working for Justice
Teacher resources only.
Awakened through promoting appreciation of God's Creation.
Study of Science and Nature.
School Outdoor Camps and Excursions
Awakened through reflection.
Discussion of questions and yearnings of the Human Heart
Awakened through reminders.
The omnipresence of God
A vision for guide for Catholic schools and education.
Catholic School Curriculum
The development of Baptised students.
Growth in Awareness.
Occuring through the integration of faith, culture, and life within the 9 Learning Areas.
Vision: A place of Evangelisation.