Religious Education Curriculum

A new curriculum document is under review. Once complete this will be made available on our website.


In our Archdiocese, Sacraments of Initiation are family-centred and  parish-based. These are supported by the parish school and catechists.

The Family

In families, children:

  • Learn who they are and that they are loved
  • First experience celebration, forgiveness and prayer
  • Share meals and talk together about happenings in their lives
  • Learn to celebrate achievements and to support each other in difficult times
  • Are introduced to the parish community

The focus for parents and family members is to show children, in practical ways, how to live good lives and bring them to the fullness of human and Christian maturity.

The Parish

By participating in parish life, children:

  • Experience a sense of belonging to the local parish and to the wider community of believers
  • Experience a sense of the sacred and a sense of the wonder of God
  • Are challenged to hear  the Word of God, celebrate it and live it as Christians in the world
  • Meet people who are enabled to live out the Gospel in a variety of pastoral ministries

The focus for the parish community is to invite all to share in the life of the Catholic community, and recognise there are times when a unique response is called for to support a child in their faith journey.

The Catholic School

The Catholic school is often the ‘face of the church’ for young people and their families. Children are educated about sacraments in a curriculum framework that:

  • Is sequential and age appropriate
  • Provides sound teaching and learning experiences that meets the needs of the individual learner.
  • Is in keeping with archdiocesan policy

The focus for the school is not merely to provide a formal education in faith but to nurture young people in an environment that leads them to develop their personal relationship with God.